A Complete Guide to the Past Tenses
Sep29

A Complete Guide to the Past Tenses

Introduction In this previous article we briefly looked at what tenses are and then explored the present tenses of the English language. In this chapter we will look into the past tenses. As with the present, there are four aspects to the past tense in English, and each can be divided into positive, negative, and question forms. They look like this: Tense Positive Negative Question Past simple: I walked I didn’t walk. Did I walk? Past...

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How to Prepare for the IELTS Exam
Sep26

How to Prepare for the IELTS Exam

I’ve been teaching IELTS for nearly ten years and every student I encounter has the same question. They all want to know how to prepare for the IELTS exam. Of course, there is no one simple answer to that question. The exam is a test of your English and you must bring up your overall language ability in order to do well. However, it does help to look at the different parts of the exam and think about some things that you can do to...

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Family and Friends [IELTS Topic]
Sep25

Family and Friends [IELTS Topic]

The topic of family and friends is a common one in the IELTS exam. It can arise in any section, although it’s probably most common in the speaking test. Being able to talk fluently about your family and friends is therefore important. In today’s article I will show you how to boost your IELTS score by mastering this topic. Family and Friends Vocabulary There are certain words I’m going to assume that all my readers already know:...

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A Complete Guide to the Present Tenses
Sep21

A Complete Guide to the Present Tenses

In today’s grammar lesson I will show you how to boost your IELTS score through mastering the present tenses. Exercise Take a piece of paper and draw two lines through the middle – one from top to bottom and the other from left to right. You end up with a grid split into four sections: You are going to write one sentence in each square describing: Something you do every day. Something you are doing right now. Something you did...

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The 8 Parts of Speech You Need to Know for IELTS [Grammar Lesson]
Sep14

The 8 Parts of Speech You Need to Know for IELTS [Grammar Lesson]

Grammar is important for passing the IELTS, but you already knew that. In order to pass the writing or speaking exams, you need a pretty good grasp of grammar. Yet you also need an extensive vocabulary – that’s pretty important for the reading and listening exams. But how do you learn new words? Most importantly, you don’t learn them in isolation. You learn collocations. You learn how to use the word, or else knowing...

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