Adjective Order for Better Descriptions
Jun08

Adjective Order for Better Descriptions

In order to succeed in the IELTS exam, you wanted to show off your vocabulary. This means being specific and conveying your exact meaning. However, accuracy if very important. You need to be able to use the new vocabulary correctly, or it counts as an error. By now you probably know that a great way to make your English sound more specific and advanced is to couple adjectives and nouns: Simple Example Look at the following adjective +...

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Getting Gender Right for IELTS
May31

Getting Gender Right for IELTS

  Fortunately, gender is not as difficult in English as in other languages. Unlike French, for example, we don’t really assign feminine or masculine values to most things. However, there are some tricky instances when you do need to know how to use gendered terms in English for the IELTS. Objects and Animals Sometimes, but not often, we will apply a gender to an inanimate object. For example, people often refer to their cars as...

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Phrasal Verbs for Talking About Childhood
May25

Phrasal Verbs for Talking About Childhood

In the IELTS Speaking Exam, there are many chances for you to talk about your childhood. In the Speaking Part 2, you may even be asked about someone else’s childhood. It is important to be able to use tenses correctly, but it’s also important to know some useful phrasal verbs for talking about childhood. Useful Phrasal Verbs for Childhood bring up Who brought you up? I was brought up by my grandparents. grow up Where did...

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Prepositions of Time
Apr29

Prepositions of Time

What’s wrong with these sentences? I like to read books in night. My cat sleeps on the morning. We had to study during yesterday Do you know the answer? The problem is that they all have incorrect prepositions of time. Here are the correct answers: I like to read books at night. My cat sleeps in the morning. We had to study yesterday Rules for Prepositions of Time At We can say “at night” or “at the...

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Using “used to” and “would” to Talk About the Past
Apr06

Using “used to” and “would” to Talk About the Past

It is so important in the IELTS exam to be able to talk about the past clearly and precisely. Unfortunately, English can be rather difficult to master when it comes to tenses. But don’t worry! Practice makes perfect! We can use the phrases “used to” and “would” to talk about things that we did in the past. Often, they are interchangeable. For example: When I was young, I would walk to school every day....

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It Depends
Mar31

It Depends

Getting a higher band score in IELTS is all about being accurate in your language use. That means you need to explain yourself clearly, showing developed thoughts. Here’s a sample question and answer: What personal qualities does a person need to be a good boss? I think he should be kind and hard-working. Is that a good answer? It’s not terrible, but it’s a bit too basic. Let’s look at how to use “it...

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