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Student’s question: Does IELTS assess technical vocabulary?

Do I need to know technical vocabulary for IELTS exam? This is a common question by many students as many of the reading passages come from scientific journal or magazine. So, students often get nervous when they come across these unknown words. They ask whether they need to learn these words or not. They feel annoyed or sometimes they get stuck in finding the meaning of a technical word and waste precious reading time.   Here is my answer to this. Many passages will concentrate on special interest areas. It will be necessary to know some terminology of these topics. Topics like animal testing, environment, social issues, genetics, etc are …

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IELTS Grammar: “Because” and “Because of”

A key Grammar point: Because and Because of Many students write incorrect sentences in their writing and even use “because” incorrectly. To clarify their mistakes, I’ve written this short post on these useful words. Both of them are used to show reason for something. Then, what’s the difference? Because: Because is a conjunction so it connects two clauses. So, it will have subject and a verb after it. For example, 1. We couldn’t go out because it rained. 2. Allen didn’t go to party because he was ill. Because of This is a preposition and it is followed by a noun or a noun phrase (verb with –ing). 1. We …

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English Grammar Lesson: So Vs Such

Learn where you can use so and such. Learn the structures of these two words and English grammar of such and so. How to emphasise your points in IELTS speaking?

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English Grammar point “used to”

This post explains an important IELTS speaking grammar point of “used to”. For more information, I’ve included a video

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10 Common English Grammar mistakes

Most common English Grammar mistakes   Today, I ‘m simply posting a handy infographic from Grammar.Net. In this infographic, they have enlisted 10 most common grammar mistakes that learners tend to make. [Infographic provided by Grammar.net]   Now, let’s review these mistakes. 1. Apostrophe: Always remember the difference between contraction and apostrophe. More often students confuse possessive forms with apostrophe. For example, they tend to use its instead of it’s. 2. Comma after introductory phrases: Many phrases that are used as linkers follow a comma. Some of these linkers are: – for example – according to me – to summarise – to encapsulate – firstly, secondly, thirdly, …., finally – …

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