Questions tagged [ielts]

IELTS stands for The International English Language Testing System, which is widely recognized as a reliable means of assessing the language ability of candidates who need to study or work in countries where English is the main form of communication. PROOFREADING essays Tasks 1 and 2 are strictly OFF TOPIC.

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IELTS WRITING TASK 2 [closed]

Many students study overseas face so many difficulties that they often give up their studies and return to their home countries. What problems do these students face? How might they be overcome? Due ...
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the population of some countries includes a relatively large number of young adults, compared with the number of older people [closed]

Having a large number of young people in total population is the situation that now happens in many countries around the world. In my opinion, despite some negative effects, it also brings a lot of ...
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IELTS reading passage issue №2 (English as a foreign language learner I am)

I have been taking IELTS mock exams recently on a website. (The tests are probably taken from Cambridge textbooks). So I have a point I may disagree with in the Reading section. I had to choose ...
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IELTS Reading passage issue (English as a foreign language learner I am)

I have been taking IELTS mock exams recently on a website. (The tests are probably taken from Cambridge textbooks). So I have 2 points I may disagree with in the Reading section. I had to choose ...
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Are there any Android app which show a passage with a specific speed to read? [closed]

I'm preparing myself to take an IELTS exam. Now my serious problem in reading part is about my speed to scanning passages. I need an android app which helps me to improve my reading skill. Can ...
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Clare, who I work with, is organising the London marathon this year

I have read a rule of relative clause reductions, and it states, 2. We can use participles when reducing the sentence. a) Present Participle "V-ing" (simultaneous) 1) We stood on the bridge which ...
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The most percentage?

The pie graph shows how the price of every course should be shared, measured in percentages. Overall the numbers are not that different for each part. Individual has the most percentage at 40%, ...
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Omission in nondefining clause?

Can we omit the pronoun in the following sentences, 1) "Clare, who is sleeping in the couch, is Mike's daughter." 2) "The man, who was smoking a cigarette, hurried home." 3) "A boy who is ...
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to persist OR to be persisted?

I'm reading a key for a writing exam, and it says, Historians in the future may look back on our time and wonder why we allowed such a dangerous and inefficient form of transportation to persist ...
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Proved helpful OR Been proved helpful?

Cars have proved helpful to human beings. Cars have been proved helpful to human beings. What are the differences between them?
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Noun + V-ing without V-to-be OR relative pronoun

I've read this, and the answer states we can omit relative clause heads when the verb that follows them is a present participle Can we really say: "The baby sleeping is Mike's son" instead of ...
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Comparing figures [duplicate]

We use the adjectives: 1. big/large/great - small 2. high/great - low 3. more - less when comparing figures; for example: The number of people in New York is higher/bigger/larger/greater ...
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Which is more important either an adjective or article?

I have just finished a practice test for Ielts, and I looked at the key. There is a question in listening part asking about what the speaker said for a course requirement, the exam must be completed ...
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Write up work means?

I have just finished a practice test for Ielts, and I looked at the key. There is a question in listening part asking about what the speaker said for a course requirement. The question number 27 is ...
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Gerund + noun(s) equals noun(s) + noun(s)?

Today, when I was reading some meme on 9gag, I saw a phrase, and I tried rephrasing it in my head, but it went confusing and gave me this question in return :( The never spoken rules of using ...
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The most opposite word of “the largest”

When we compare numbers of people, we can use the phrases: "The highest/lowest number of people was" "The biggest/smallest number of people was" "The most/least people were" That the word "lowest" ...
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The largest, greatest, highest or biggest number of . .

I'm not a native speaker, and my teacher taught me to use "the biggest number of . . ." when comparing amounts of some things, but I've checked it in google which seems like "the largest, the greatest,...
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A monolithic group (singular agreement)

I downloaded the old ielts test and its keys, one of the questions asked you to describe a bar chart, and there were 3 different pieces of data given on the chart: Cars owners Internet users ...
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Million people OR million of people OR million & Singular or Plural

So far, I've learned: 1) A number of internet users were in Paris. 2) The number of internet users was in Paris. 1) and 2) are grammatically correct, and have a little different meanings. ...
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Is it fine to use “the second largest” when comparing 3 things

Let's say, if there were 4 cities, A, B, C and D 1,000 people live in city A. 2,000 people live in city B. 3,000 people live in city C. 4,000 people live in city D. - The second ...
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Comparatives and superlatives for the word “statistic”

Let's say, there was a bar chart giving 2 different pieces of data for 3 groups. - Monkeys was the ______________ statistic. If you needed to complete the sentence above with a superlative ...
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Saying the value is in between the other 2 values

I'm preparing for Ielts test. Its writing part is the most difficult for me. So far, I'm learning about comparative between numbers, and I stuck. Let's say, there was a given bar chart giving 3 ...
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Can the idiom “It is high time” be used in formal writing? [closed]

Recently I saw "it is hightime + subj. + past verb + ..." idiom. Like "It's high time we made some changes around here.". I want to know if it is a good phrase to start a formal writing (i.e. ielts ...
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What does “junk-food-scoffing masses” mean? [closed]

What does "junk-food-scoffing masses" mean? And what does "scoffing masses" mean here? Europe is now the biggest market for organic food in the world, expanding by 25 percent a year over the past ...
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Usage: ‘seek out for’ or ‘seek for’?

I have this sentence and wonder if it is grammatically correct: Companies have always sought out for celebrities to endorse their products. Should it be just: Companies have always sought for ...
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Is it essential to use comma in a big number?

Is it necessary to use comma in a big number? For example, if anyone writes one million four hundred thousand and two as 1400002 instead of 1,400,002 on answer sheet of listening section of IELTS test,...
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Correct answer to a “Multiple choice” Question

Read the following paragraph: Morning is also great for breaking out the vitamins. Supplement absorption by the body is not temporal-dependent, but naturopath Pam Stone notes that the extra ...
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“with” + number/somebody + gerund

In IELTS writing tasks, I often come across examples like these: For part-time work the opposite is true, with women earning an average of $5 per hour. and Canada is the reverse of the world ...
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Problem in IELTS Reading

I'm going to give my IELTS test soon, I've been in confusion for 15 mins. Please check out this reading passage: And this is the question which is causing problems: I'm not able to locate its answer ...
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Referencing figures in charts

I'm going to do the IELTS academic test in a few weeks and have trouble describing charts. Basically I have no major problems regarding the English language, but I have difficulty expressing the ...
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IELTS Question on Correct Modal of Probability

I wonder if someone could help with a grammar debate a couple of ESL teacher friends and I are having. This is a multiple choice question from an IELTS test. He ________ gone to work yesterday. ...
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a company vs the company [duplicate]

I'm doing IELTS preparation tests. One of the tasks is to read a text and compltete the summary by filling the gaps. I did it without mistakes. Text: Before committing yourself to postgraduate ...
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Is “to have an albatross around one's neck” in common modern usage? [closed]

I heard it on the BBC a few days ago - "to have an albatross around one's neck". Questions Is it in current usage? Can I use it in formal contexts? I want to use it in the speaking part of my ...
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What is a “Cornucopian government”?

The following excerpt is taken from a best-selling vocabulary workbook: Check your English Vocabulary for IELTS page 52, Q7. The Cornucopian government made this sudden decision to dissuade / ...
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“turning to fish as a cheap and healthy alternative”

Here's the IELTS recording: But eating patterns have changed in countries like the UK, where fish was once considered as food for the poor rather than the rich. People have been turning to fish as ...
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Academic name for graphs which curve like a bridge

These are the images of the graphs I want to know the academic names: I've googled and learnt that their names are Concave Down Curve and Concave Up Curve. However, I want to know if there are ...
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Help me check the accuracy of an Ielts Reading question

Hope you guys having a good day. I am on the other hand, not so much. I came accoss this Ielts question and it reads: Michael Owens was hired by a large US company to design a fully-...
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Is it ok to write the American spelling of words on IELTS? [closed]

I took the IELTS exam a week ago and on the way home I started to remember to have written 'color' on one answer and then it came to my mind: Do I loose marks if I write the American spelling of words ...
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Playing sports - does swimming count?

This is a common IELTS speaking exam question: Do you play any sports? How do you answer that if you're a professional swimmer? In my mind 'playing sports' implies team sports (I play football, I ...
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IELTS sample test: Identifying writer's views, why question 4 is NO?

I am new at IELTS test and am looking at the sample tests from IELTS' official website. I have a question regarding the question 4 in the sample Academic Reading sample task – Identifying writer's ...
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Do I use a plural or singular verb after “half”? [duplicate]

When we describe a pie chart that gives information about percentage of common reasons for travel to a country, which of these two is correct? As it is mentioned above, half of visitors has a trip ...
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Past Perfect and Until

In the book which I use to prepare for the IELTS exam they have the following sentence: The situation remained unchanged for the next two years until more universities were opened. I do not ...
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The '-ing' form and clauses [closed]

Which of these sounds more natural? Rural areas are beneficial to people's health, because they provide people with opportunities to escape pressure and noises of modern life. Rural areas, which ...
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Help me understand the use of “would ” in a particular sentence (in IELTS Book) [duplicate]

Examiner: Describe a place you have visited in the past. Candidate: [...] When I was a student, I would go there all the time and hang out with my friends. I don't understand what "would" means ...
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When to capitalize job titles? [duplicate]

I'm a transcriptionist and also studying for my IELTS exam. I would like to know when is it correct to capitalize job titles such as receptionist, office assistant, general manager, veterinary ...
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I was reading “cambridge IELTS” books and I had a problem in the meaning of a sentence [closed]

I was reading "cambridge IELTS" books and I had a problem in the meaning of a sentence. the sentence is : (I may have to call somebody out) what does "may have to call" mean?
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How to say thank you to a friend who agreed to take care of my pet? [closed]

I have been preparing to IELTS test and currently I need to write a thank you letter to my friend, because she agreed to take care of my pet. So I've come up with this: Thank you so much for ...
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What's the correct usage of “agree some days” vs. “agree on some days”?

"However, workers and employers can agree longer holidays". I have searched online. I also referred to two reference books : the blue book of grammar and grammar rules. I don't see a usage as of the ...
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Which form should be used for at­tribu­tive nouns like “stu­dent union”: sin­gu­lar or plu­ral, or pos­ses­sive sin­gu­lar or pos­ses­sive plu­ral?

When should a noun that’s used at­tribu­tively to de­scribe an­other noun be plu­ral, and when should it be sin­gu­lar? And when should it be pos­ses­sive, like bak­er’s dozen and when should it be ...
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Confusion over the general rules governing the use of the hyphen in English [duplicate]

I often get confused by the rules for using hyphens. According to this entry from the Oxford Dictionaries web site, I must always use a hyphen in these cases: Hyphens are used in many compound ...