IELTS speaking is very popular for asking you questions where you have to explain whether something is suitable for a certain group of people. Although there is no such rule that best describes the way of answering IELTS questions, it is always better for you to know some language tips on How to Answer Is X suitable for this type of people?
When IELTS examiner asks you such question they really have no interest on the content of your answer but construct. They just want to know weather you can use right grammatical structure.
First let’s see some questions under this category…
|» Is riding a bike suitable for elderly people?|
» Are all sports suitable for people of all ages?
» Are computers suitable for young children?
Remember this formula
When the examiner asks you Is X suitable for this type of people? type questions, you must:
Use Appropriateness Expressions
Language step 1 Appropriateness Expressions
Let’s take a look at how Alice uses the appropriate expressions.-
Alice: I believe that computer games are inappropriate for very young children…
Native speakers will often use the following adjectives when talking about the appropriateness of an activity:
suitable for/ unsuitable for
suited to/ unsuited to
appropriate for/inappropriate for
advisable to[for]/inadvisable to[for]
➠You should talk about the appropriateness of the activity in question by combining the above adjectives with the following appropriateness expressions:
» activity + is/are + suitable/ unsuitable for + groups of people
Vigorous sports are usually unsuitable for elderly people.
» it is + suitable/unsuitable for +groups of people + to verb
It is suitable for young people to many before the age of 25.
» activity + Is/are + suited/unsuited to + groups of people
Tai chi is particularly suited to retire and elderly citizens.
» activity + is/are + appropriate/inappropriate for + groups of people
Riding motorbikes is inappropriate for very young children.
» it is + appropriate/inappropriate for + groups of people + to verb
It is inappropriate for very young children to ride motorbikes.
activity + is/are + advisable/ inadvisablefor + groups of people
Doing yoga is advisable for people with back problems.
it is + advisable/inadvisable that + groups of people + verb
It’s advisable that people with back problems do yoga.
Use Safety and Risk Expressions
Language Step 2: Safety and Risk Expressions
Let’s take a look at how Simaa uses the safety and risk expressions.
Simaa: …staring at a computer screen for too long can be detrimental to your eyesight; if children play for too long they might barm their eyes…they might have a negative impact on the child’s mental health…
» People should be very careful when swimming in the sea.
» Inner-city traffic can be dangerous.
» Elderly people who are not used to playing sports may injure themselves.
» Certain drugs might be detrimental to people’s mental health.
» Smoking can cause cancer.
» Sitting too close to the television is likely to lead to eye problems.
» Working too many hours can have a negative impact on one’s family life.
Note: When using safety and risk expressions, you must try to use different modal verbs to qualify your statements and avoid making absolute statements, as in the examples above. Modal verbs include can, may, might, be likely to, etc.
Use adjectives & Expressions of Conditions and Benefits
Language step 3 Adjectives & Expressions of Conditions and Benefits
Let’s look at how David, use adjectives and expressions of conditions and benefits.
David: However, for fit and healthy people, these sports can be exhilarating and invigorating.
In your answer to this type of question, you should express the advantages of doing a particularly activity for certain people, or under certain conditions, as a concluding point.
Look at the adjectives and expressions of conditions and benefits that you should try to use in your answer:
If not abused
If not done to excess
If (type of people) + verb
If done under supervision
If we make sure we + verb
can be beneficial
can be good/excellent/great for
can be useful (for)
can be safe
can be a good/excellent/great/fantastic way to + verb
Now look at the following examples of the above conditions and benefits combined:
In moderation, playing computer games can be constructive.
If not abused, alcohol can be enjoyable and good for the health.
If we don’t do it in excess, then weightlifting can be great for building strength.
If older people get a personal trainer, regular exercise can be excellent for their health.
If done under supervision, vigorous exercise/adventure sports can be safe.
If we makg sure we do it carefully, riding motorbikes can be a fantastic way to travel in the
|I believe that computer games are inappropriate for very young children. For older children, I think it is reasonable for – them to play computer games, but it would be advisable for their parents to restrict the amount of time they play panics. As most people know, staring at a computer screen for too long can be detrimental to your eyesight; il children play for loo long they might harm their eyes. Also, games that are really violent or scary are not suitable as they might have a negative impact upon the child’s mental health. In moderation, however, I believe computer games can be ideal for developing children s lateral thinking skills.|