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Substitution and Avoiding Repetition

In speaking and in writing, we try to avoid repeating words, phrases or clauses. We use substitute forms to do this. Knowledge of these forms will improve the quality of your essays as they help to avoid unnecessary repetition. This will help to make your writing...

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SWOOSH ENGLISH IELTS STUDENT ESSAY

Hello IELTS students, Do you agree IELTS writing can be difficult to get a band score 7+? Let’s make things easier for you by showing you one of our students’ answers as well as the corrections and feedback! Can you improve this answer? What did the student do...

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Future Forms

This article follows on from the previous two. They dealt with past and perfect verb forms, this one considers the future. To achieve level 7 or above you need to have a precise understanding of the different ways of expressing future time and/or describing future...

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Expressing Opinions

The IELTS task 2 assignment requires you to give and support opinions, and also to express your feelings. To suitably impress the examiners you need to display a range of vocabulary for these two functions, and not rely on basic ‘ patterns like’ I think…’, ‘I feel…’,...

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Word Combinations

This article returns to the area of multi-word expressions. To achieve a level 7 or above grade, you need to show a familiarity with the different ways that words can be combined. Specifically, the IELTS descriptor for level 7 ‘ Lexical Resource’ states that a student...

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Facts and Opinions

This article deals with the kind of language needed for stating facts and giving opinions for IELTS writing band score 7 success! It is not always clear in students’ essays whether or not they are stating a fact or giving an opinion, and this lack of clarity could...

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ACADEMIC TASK 1 – GRAMMAR ARTICLES

This is a follow-up set of exercises to a previous one on articles. I make no apology for this as perhaps no other grammar point causes so much confusion (and so many errors). The specific aim of the exercises is to give you help in knowing how to use articles...

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Adverbial Clauses of Time

Adverbial clauses of time cause problems for advanced students in various areas. For example, it is not always straightforward deciding whether to use present or future verb forms. The duration of the event is also a factor in deciding which verb form to use. More...

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Review

The purpose of the previous eleven articles has been to draw attention to specific language points you need to be comfortable with in order to reach a level 7 or above. The focus has been on the following areas of assessment: grammatical accuracy, lexical range,...

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Cohesive devices

Sometimes less is more! This article will focus on giving advice and exercises to help you use cohesive devices correctly.  In the IELTS exam, to reach a band 7 or above you need to be able to use a range of cohesive devices accurately. Linking words are a great way...

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REFERRING TO REFERENCING

This article will focus on giving advice and exercises to help you understand and use referencing, which is an important must do to get at least a band 6 in the coherence and cohesion section, and to get a higher band you need to be using it accurately. Below are some...

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