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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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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