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The Best IELTS Punctuation Rules for Writing Task 1 and 2

Ah, the punctuation. Of all the grammar in IELTS writing, this one is perhaps the most abused and misused. With a lot of rules, many will easily get confused, when to use what. Aham! Aham! many but not all. Behold my students behold, below you will find the guidance. So fear not. We shall be … Read more

Using modals of probability in IELTS Speaking & Writing

A modal verb is a verb that is used to indicate likelihood, ability, permission, request, capacity, suggestions, order, obligation, or advice. Commonly used modal verbs are can, could, may, might, must, will, would, shall, should, ought to, had better, “have to” and sometimes need or dare. Let’s discuss the following points about modal verbs:- Why to use modal verb? When to use modal verb in IELTS? How to use … Read more

Verb Patterns

  Verbs followed by a to-infinitive Some verbs can be followed immediately by a to-infinitive: afford demand like pretend agree fail love promise arrange forget manage refuse ask hate mean (= intend) remember begin help need start choose hope offer try continue intend plan want decide learn prefer I can’t afford to go on holiday. It began to rain. She hopes … Read more

Talking about trends in IELTS

There are two types of trends you could be asked to describe: (1) current trends and (2) trends over time. Current Trends Here are some time expressions you could use: Currently At the moment These days Nowadays Often, you will need to use the Present Continuous tense in these situations, for example, “Currently, my country is experiencing … Read more

Adverbs in IELTS

Adverbs Adverbs are powerful. They add meaning and accuracy to what you say (and as a result of this, they make what you say more interesting.) Using adverbs at the beginning of a sentence can express a lot of meaning in one word and it is good cohesion (language that has linkages of meaning) because … Read more

Modals of probability for IELTS

Present and future May and might + infinitive are used to express present or future possibility. May expresses a greater degree of certainty: You should ask him. He may/might know Susan’s telephone number. (Perhaps he knows her number.) I may/might see you later. (Perhaps I will see you later.) You should introduce yourself; he may/might not remember you. (Perhaps she doesn’t/won’t remember you.) May and might are usually not used to introduce … Read more

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