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.
Can you spot the spelling mistakes in these sentences? Be careful because one sentence doesn’t have a mistake in it!! Give yourself a maximum of 90 seconds to find the errors. This will mean that you only really have time to read each sentence once and decide what the errors are. Go on … time yourself!! (more…)
Be careful when you are using the adverb quite. You can change the meaning of a sentence by putting the main stress on this adverb.
Imagine someone has just cooked dinner for you and they ask you what you think of the food. This is your reply:
It’s quite nice.
It’s always interesting to read the results of studies relating to language. The Telegraph, an English newspaper, recently reported on a study of the most commonly misspelt words in English. The top twenty misspelt words creates an interesting list – many of the words are words that an IELTS student might use in their writing. Do you think you would be able to remember how to spell all of the words in the list correctly?
Top 20 misspelt words:
15. A lot
You can read the full article here. Make sure that you read through the comments at the end of the article. Some of the commenters make interesting points.
Good spelling is crucial in the IELTS exam. You will be marked on your spelling in the writing exam and it is also important in the listening test. One way to improve your spelling is to read lots in English. The more you read in English, the more good English spelling you are exposed to. If you see a word lots of times, it will help you to recognise how it should look when spelled correctly.