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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Using “However” with Pros and Cons
Mar14

Using “However” with Pros and Cons

During the IELTS exam, you may find yourself required to describe the pros and cons (or advantages and disadvantages) of something. There are different ways of doing this. For example, you might want to say “On the one hand… On the other hand…” But one of the simplest and best ways is by using “however.” However Looks at these examples: Riding a bike to school can help you maintain a higher level of...

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But, While, Whereas = Not the Same
Dec14

But, While, Whereas = Not the Same

The words but, while, and whereas can be confusing for students. They seem like they serve the same function, which is to compare and contrast things. However, there are differences that mean these words are not interchangeable. But In English, we use the word but when we are comparing or contrasting features of the same thing. Example The dog is tired but happy = the dog is tired but the dog is happy (We don’t repeat “the dog.”) The...

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