IELTS Grammar: Introducing Examples

It is important to offer examples of your ideas in both the Writing and Listening components of the IELTS exam, as these will strengthen your ideas and improve their coherency.

There are a number of different phrases we can use introduce examples, though we do not always use them in the same way.

For instance and For example 

For instance and For example usually appear at the beginning of sentences, and are followed by a comma. 

There are many ways to improve your IELTS score. For example, you could use examples to develop your ideas, or introduce your examples with appropriate phrases.

There are many ways to improve your IELTS score. For instance, you could use examples to develop your ideas, or introduce your examples with appropriate phrases.

 

Such as and like

Such as and like appear in the middle of sentences, and are NOT followed by a comma. These phrases should be followed by nouns or gerunds (verb + ing that can function as a noun).

There are many ways to improve your IELTS score, such as using examples to develop your ideas, or introducing your examples with appropriate phrases. 

There are many ways to improve your IELTS score, like using examples to develop your ideas, or introducing your examples with appropriate phrases.