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So and such (for emphasis)

So and such 'So' and 'such' are often used incorrectly in English. Both so and such are used to 'give emphasis' - this means to show that something is 'extreme' or 'more than'. For example ...
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Direct and indirect questions

Direct and indirect questions When asking for information in English you can use direct and indirect questions. There are differences in sentence structure and levels of politeness and formality. In English, a basic question can ...
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Past perfect simple and continuous

Past perfect simple and continuous Past perfect simple and continuous are used to talk about an 'earlier' past when you are also talking about another (more recent) past situation. In general terms, while both past ...
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Countable and uncountable nouns – more rules

Countable and uncountable nouns - more rules Sometimes nouns can act as both countable and uncountable nouns (often with a slight difference in meaning). This can make learning the rules even more complicated! For example, ...
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Make uncountable nouns countable

Make uncountable nouns countable Nouns can be split into two different groups - countable and uncountable. (see Countable and uncountable nouns for more information) Countable nouns, as the name suggests, can be counted. For example, ...
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Prepositions of time 2

Prepositions of time 2 Prepositions of time (and all types of prepositions) can be one of the hardest parts of English to use correctly because the rules are often quite difficult, and like most rules ...
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Prepositions of place 2

Prepositions of place 2 Prepositions of place (and all prepositions) can be one of the hardest parts of English to use correctly because the rules are often quite difficult, and like most rules for a ...
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Transitive and intransitive verbs

Transitive and intransitive verbs Transitive and intransitive verbs have different rules when you use them to make sentences. Read the two sentences that follow. They contain examples of transitive and intransitive verbs. Do you know ...
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Present perfect continuous

Present perfect continuous (also known as the present perfect progressive) Present perfect tenses are used to talk about situations that connect the past to now. Present perfect continuous is formed using: have / has + ...
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Future simple tense

Future simple tense (will and be going to) The future simple tense has two forms in English - 'will' and '(be) going to'. When you use the future simple tense to talk about the future ...
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Question tags (tag questions)

Question tags Question tags (also called tag questions) are common structures used in spoken English. An example of a question tag is: 'You like studying English, don't you?' The first part of a question tag ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 1 Section 1

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 1 Section 1 Section 1 Go to Section 2 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same question types, content style, length ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 005

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 5 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: In schools, most courses finish with a final exam to assess a students ability ...
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Modal verbs (modal auxiliary verbs)

Modal verbs Modal verbs (also called modal auxiliary verbs, or modals) are used with the infinitive form of the main verb (minus -to) to add additional layers of meaning to a sentence. Modal verbs are ...
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5 tips to improve your IELTS reading

5 tips to improve your IELTS reading Are you taking practice test after practice, but not seeing your score improve? Stuck on the same level with your reading for ages? You're not alone - this ...
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IELTS Writing practice test (Academic Module) #1

IELTS Writing practice test (Academic Module) #1 This section of the site is for you to try writing a complete IELTS writing test. For the best practice, we strongly recommend that you keep to the ...
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Past simple tense

Past simple In English grammar, the past simple is used to talk about finished events or actions in the past. Here are some example sentences including regular past simple verbs: I worked last Monday. They ...
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The present simple

The present simple In English grammar, the present simple is used to talk about habits and routines. Here is an example of the present simple in a sentence: I work on weekdays. The present simple ...
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Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 4

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 4 Jump back to Section 1  | Jump back to Section 2  |  Jump back to Section 3 Note: all of the question types, timings and pauses between recordings ...
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Vocabulary for IELTS – words beginning with B or C

Vocabulary for IELTS - words beginning with B or C We're back with some more vocabulary for you to test your skills. Read the sentences below and decide which of the words that follow would ...
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Talking about hobbies (speaking)

Talking about hobbies In the IELTS speaking test, the examiner could ask you to talk about your hobbies. Here's a bad example of a response to a question about hobbies: Examiner: What sports do you ...
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Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 1

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 1 Updated: we've now added the transcript at the bottom of the page! Jump to Section 2  | Jump to Section 3  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all ...
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Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 1

Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 1 Updated: we've now added the transcript at the bottom of the page! Jump to Section 2 | Jump to Section 3 | Jump to Section 4 Note: all ...
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Talking about special days and celebrations

Talking about special days and celebrations It is common in the IELTS speaking test to be asked to talk about special days or celebrations, so here are some model answers that will give you a ...
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IELTS vocabulary for the environment

IELTS vocabulary for the environment Essential IELTS vocabulary split into common IELTS topics and subsections. In this lesson, we are focusing on IELTS vocabulary for the environment - pollution, solutions to the problem etc. Take ...
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IELTS listening improving your result

IELTS listening improving your result So you've practiced, you've listened to the radio, taken practice tests, you've even taken the IELTS test - often a number of times - and you're still not getting the ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 046

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 46 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Nowadays we ...
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Parallel expressions in IELTS – examples

Before looking at this page, we recommend looking at the parallel expressions page first. In the IELTS test (especially in the reading), finding the correct answer often depends on understanding that the same sentence can ...
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IELTS speaking model answer – Enjoyed doing as a child

IELTS speaking model answer - Enjoyed doing as a child Describe something you enjoyed doing as a child This section of the site is for model answers on Part Two topic cards. If you have ...
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Writing good topic sentences for IELTS

Writing a good topic sentence for IELTS To write in a clear and logical way, the first sentence of your paragraph should define what the rest of the paragraph will be discussing. For example: Tighter ...
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TEXT COMPLETION QUESTIONS IN IELTS IELTS READING: Home office

TEXT COMPLETION QUESTIONS IN IELTS IELTS READING This is a text completion exercise. Before you begin, we recommend you take a look at the Text completion information page. The home office A Can you feel ...
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IELTS listening multiple choice questions practice exercise 1

IELTS listening multiple choice questions practice exercise 1 Before attempting this exercise, make sure you have read this page about multiple choice questions in IELTS listening. Listen to the recording and answer the 6 questions ...
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Giving and justifying opinions for IELTS speaking

Giving and justifying opinions for IELTS speaking The IELTS speaking test is like most conversations.  If you give an opinion, you should justify it, and if possible, offer a reason, solution or speculation. For example: ...
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Tips for IELTS listening

Tips for IELTS listening On this page are tips for listening in the IELTS test. If you have a question or a tip that you think would benefit others, let us know using the message ...
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An introduction to the IELTS listening test (Page 2)

An introduction to the IELTS listening test (page 2) Before starting this lesson, make sure you have completed page 1. This page begins with the video below, then some comprehension questions. Video 2 of 2 ...
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An introduction to the IELTS listening test

An introduction to the IELTS listening test Before you begin this lesson, you will need to know the meaning of the words below as they are part of the lesson. TRANSFER: (verb) To move from ...
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Preparing a plan for Task 1

Preparing a plan for Task 1 NOTE: This post is for the Academic Module writing test NOTE 2: Click here for a lesson preparing a plan for Task 2 As with any formal writing, it ...
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Task 2 IELTS writing – the basics Page 3

Task 2 IELTS writing - the basics Page 3 Before starting this lesson, make sure you've seen page 1 and page 2. In the final page in this lesson, we will look at what might ...
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Task 2 IELTS writing – the basics Page 2

Task 2 IELTS writing - the basics Page 2 Before starting this lesson, make sure you've seen page 1. On the previous page, you answered some questions about Task 2. On this page, we will ...
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Task 2 IELTS writing – the basics

Task 2 IELTS writing - the basics Before you begin this lesson, you will need to know the meaning of the words below as they are part of the lesson. POINT OF VIEW: (noun phrase) ...
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Task 1 the basics (General Training) Page 2

Task 1 the basics (General Training) Page 2 Before starting this lesson, make sure you've seen page 1. On the previous page, we have looked at the aims of Task 1, what you need to ...
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Task 1 the basics (General Training)

Task 1 the basics (General Training) Before you begin this lesson, you will need to know the meaning of the words below as they are part of the lesson. INSTRUCTIONS: What you have to do ...
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Common errors in IELTS writing – ‘government’

Common errors in IELTS writing - 'government' Using the correct words in your IELTS test can make the difference between succeeding and having to resit the test, so make sure you've got the right word ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 033

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 33 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graphs below show three exports from South East Asia and the four sources of revenue for 1970 ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 032

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 32 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph shows typical levels in enthusiasm, confidence and ability of students attending a ten-week IELTS course. Write ...
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6 common errors when writing an introduction to IELTS Task 2

When writing an introduction to your Task 2 essay, there are a number of points you need to include (take a look at this page). On this page, we will focus on 6 of the ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 045

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 45 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Attitude is ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 044

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 44 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Drug addiction ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 031

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 31 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The diagram below shows the process of publishing a book. Write a report for a university lecturer describing ...
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Tips for the day of your IELTS speaking test

Tips for the day of your IELTS speaking test So the day has finally arrived - it's test day! Depending on the test centre you are taking your test in, you might have the speaking ...
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