Do You Use Adverbs While Comparing?

In order to make comparisons more accurate consider using adverbs to modify the words you use to compare items. Following are the phrases used by candidates who score 7+ in IELTS writing task 1. slightly more/less …… than …… considerably more/less …… than …… many more …… than …… substantially more/less significantly fewer + countable … Read more

Highest or The Highest?

Most grammar books will tell you that you need “the” before a superlative like “highest” or “lowest”, but this is not always true. We use “the” when there is a noun after the adjective e.g. the highest(adjective) number(noun), the highest proportion. When we put the noun before, we don’t need “the” e.g. the number(noun) was … Read more

The Formal Way of Giving Opinion

When speaking or writing we need to choose a language that shows a clear position or indicate our feelings, attitudes, judgements and beliefs. We may choose any of the given way:- 1. Pronouns In formal writing, first person pronoun is not very common. Compare the two given sentences and decide which is more better.E.g.It is … Read more

IELTS Speaking: two types of hesitation

If you look at the ‘fluency and coherence’ column of the band descriptors, you’ll see the following: Band 7: may demonstrate language-related hesitation Band 8: hesitation is usually content-related Do you understand the difference between these two types of hesitation? Here’s how I would summarise them: Language-related hesitation: the candidate pauses because he/she is struggling … Read more

Anecdotes about the Past

You can use an array of tenses while telling stories and jokes from the past. Note this tense mix:-   Well, let me explain one of the interesting moment of my life. Once it happened so….I am in the MBA class, attending the lecture and half way through the class the person with my name-sake … Read more

Tense task 1

Using the correct tense Using the correct tense is important in your Task 1 answer. The tense you use will depend on the time period indicated in the Task 1 diagram. In most cases you will need to use either the simple past or the simple present tense. Although less common, in some cases you … Read more