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How to answer what do you like most about something?

IELTS speaking is very popular for asking you questions where you have to explain your likes and dislikes. 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 what do you like most about something?

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

»  What do you like most about student life?
»  What do you like most about your job?
»  What is the best thing about your city?
» 
What is your favorite type of weather?

Remember this formula

When the examiner asks you what do you like most about something? type questions, you must:

  1. State degree of likes
  2. use parallel words
  3. Use linking words

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Step- 1: What do you like most about something?

State degree of likes

Language step 1: Expressing Degrees of Like

Let’s look at how the two IELTS candidates, Alice and David, express degrees of like.

Alice: What I particularly like about student life is the golden opportunity it gives me to expand my horizons…
David: …But what I especially value about Nha Trang’s location is the fresh seafood we can eat all year round.

As you can see, Alice and David use different ways to express how much they like different aspects of X. Let’s look at some more native speaker ways to express degrees of like:

» I really enjoy watching the trees by the lake bend in the wind.
» I particularly like my hometown food.
» I especially love attending my Psychology lectures.
Any of the above combinations are fine, and using some varied language will make you sound more like a native speaker.

Notice that like, love, and enjoy can be followed by either a verb-ing or a noun; for examples:
» I especially like/enjoy/love walking in the countryside.
» I especially like/enjoy/love the countryside.

You cannot say:
» I like/enjoy/love to walking.

In English, very never comes before like, enjoy and love. Thus, I very like walking in the countryside is a wrong way of expressing degrees of like. Instead, you should say I really like walking in the countryside.

Step- 1: What do you like most about something?

Use parallel structures

Language step 2: Parallel Structures
Let’s look at how the two IELTS candidates, Alice and David, use parallel structures.

Alice: At university, I can not only increase my knowledge about my major and learn new things like Salsa and yoga, but I can also meet lots of new people.
David: Although we get the odd typhoon every year because we are by the seaside, we also enjoy light sea breezes during the summer…

Parallel structure
means making sure that the series of words in a sentence are in agreement or in line with each other. The best way to understand this is by looking at some examples:

» I really enjoy watching plays, writing papers, and listening to the school band.
» My mother particularly likes to dance, go out to restaurants, and spend time with the family.

As you will notice, all of the verbs in the above sentences have the same form, and so can be said to agree with each other. Many students lose points in the IELTS test because of simple agreement errors such as the following:
» I especially like reading scientific journals, have fun with my study mates, and relaxing on
campus. ( X )
» I like to read scientific journals, have fun with my study mates, and relaxing on campus. ( X )

Step- 3: What do you like most about something?

Use Linking Words


Language step 3: Linking Words
Let’s take a look at how the two IELTS candidates, Alice and David, use linking words.

Alice: …At university, I can not only increase my knowledge about my major and learn new things like Salsa and yoga, but I can also meet lots of new people.
David: Although we get the odd typhoon every year because we are by the seaside, we also enjoy light sea breezes during the summer. But what I especially value about Nha Trang’s location is the fresh seafood we can eat all year round.


To sound like a native and to improve your score on your speaking test, it’s good to show slight comparison, contrast, and consequence between ideas and feelings using transitional or linking words Take a look at the following linking words, and how they are used:

» but
I really like my maths teacher, but I like my science teacher more,
» however
My major is history; however, I find art class more exciting.
» although
Although I study hard most of the time, I always find time for fun on the weekends.
I always find time for fun on the weekends, although I study hard most of the time.
» though
I enjoy learning to play the violin, though it is difficult at times.
‘though it isdifficult at times, I enjoy learning to play the violin.
» as opposed to
Students discuss ideas, as opposed to just copying from books.
» besides
Besides cooking and painting, I often do other activities like singing and hanging out with
my friends.
I often do other activities like singing and hanging out with my friends besides cooking and
painting.
» as well as
She is my classmate as well as my best friend.
As well as being my best friend, she is my classmate.
» also
I love running in the park. I also run in the gym.

To conclude: What do you like most about something?

Step 1: State degree of likes
Step 2: Use parallel words
Step 3: Use linking words
What I particularly like about student life is the golden opportunity it gives me to expand my horizons. At university, I can not only increase my knowledge about my major and learn new things like Salsa and yoga, but I can also meet lots of new people.


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