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Formal and informal language for IELTS

Contractions in the IELTS exam

In the IELTS Academic writing module, avoid using contractions. Contractions set a more informal tone to a piece of writing. It is fine to use contractions in the speaking module – in fact, not using contractions when speaking will make your English sound halting and a little forced.

The number of job applications hasn’t increased over the last ten years.

The number of job applications has not increased over the last ten years.
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IELTS vocabulary : take effect

Something takes effect when it starts working.

The sleeping tablet didn’t take effect for at least an hour.

The new laws took effect at midnight.

Idioms for IELTS

A piece of cake

This refers to a task task that can be accomplished very easily.

Anybody who thinks that the IELTS exam is a piece of cake is fooling themselves.

Remember that you won’t do yourself any favours if you simply throw these idioms into conversation during your IELTS interview. You must practice using them appropriately before the exam.

Idioms for IELTS

Pass the buck

This is when we try to avoid responsibilty by passing it on to someone else. Sometimes, we hope that someone else will take the blame for failure or for a poor decision.

He accepted responsibilty for the failure of the project and refused to pass the buck even though his manager had made the decisions that had led to the failure.

Remember that you won’t do yourself any favours if you simply throw these idioms into conversation during your IELTS interview. You must practice using them appropriately before the exam.

Idioms for IELTS

Pull the plug

This is when we put a stop something or bring something to an end. It is often used when a business project or strategy is losing or going to lose money.

The company pulled the plug on the development of the new product when they discovered that market research showed that it would not sell.

Remember that you won’t do yourself any favours if you simply throw these idioms into conversation during your IELTS interview. You must practice using them appropriately before the exam.