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  • Prove Your Lexical Resource Using Word Classes

    Word Classes

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  • How Many Words for Task 2?

    Words Count 1

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • How to use “to” and “by” in IELTS?

    In IELTS writing task 1, you might need to use verbs like increase, decrease, rise and fall. These verbs can be followed by the words ‘by’ and ‘to’, but what’s the difference? Let us use these figures: Company profit in 2005 = £20,000 Company profit in 2010 = £25,000 Company…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • This is the BBC language for explaining task 1 types of question.

    Let us analyze how BBC comments on charts as we do for task 1:- Notice the underlined words:: According to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization, there has been a small but steady decrease in the estimated number of smokers globally since 2000 – from 1.14 billion then to…

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  • 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…

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