Essential IELTS Grammar: Sentence Types
Nov25

Essential IELTS Grammar: Sentence Types

There are four types of sentence in English: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. In this chapter, we will learn how to form each of them. First, however, we must look at clauses. There are essentially two kinds of clause: independent and dependent. Independent Clauses An independent clause must have three elements: A subject A verb A complete thought It is relatively easy to understand those first two, but how do you know...

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A Simple Guide to Noun Clauses
Oct26

A Simple Guide to Noun Clauses

This short lesson outlines what a noun clause is and how you can use them to boost your IELTS score. Learning this part of grammar shouldn’t be difficult, but many textbooks make is sound so complicated. Read this short article and look at the PPT slideshow to master noun clauses today. What is a Noun Clause? Put simply, a noun clause is just a clause that acts as a noun in a sentence. Simple! But… what’s a clause? A...

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A Complete Guide to the Future Tenses (for IELTS)
Oct21

A Complete Guide to the Future Tenses (for IELTS)

Introduction Finally, we come to the future tenses. Talking about the future tends to be more complicated than the past or present, at least in regards knowing when to use it, but thankfully it’s also less important for IELTS. This is because some future tenses have really limited uses and appear infrequently in our language. Look at the table below and consider how often in the IELTS exam you would ever need to say, “I won’t have...

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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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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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