Giving Examples

for example for instance Dave is always doing dumb things. For instance, last week he put his cat in the microwave to dry it. as follows 'as follows' is used to introduce a basic list Dave is always doing dumb things, and a few examples are as follows:... that is…
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Marriage Rates in the USA

Between 1970 and 2000 marriage rates in the United States saw a slight decline - falling from to 2m a year - whilst, barring a brief peak in 1980, divorce rates have remained consistently around 1m. The amount of marriages, despite the recent fall, therefore remained twice as high as…
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Has the increase of women in the work force had an adverse effect on children at home?

The position of women has changed markedly in the last twenty years. Many of the problems young people now experience, such as juvenile delinquency, arise from the fact that many married women now work and are not at home to care for children. Do you agree or disagree with this…
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Using Hypotheticals and Modals

What are hypotheticals? Hypothetical situations are those that are not real, but imagined. In their simplest form they are ''. If the government decided to ban non-degradable plastics the environment would benefit. Hypothetical situations can be useful in an IELTS essay when: (i) you want to talk about things potentially…
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Using the Passive Voice

Most English is based on the SVO (subject-verb-object) active voice. Using the passive voice is a pleasant change and will be noticed in an essay. What is the passive voice? Active voice: I killed the chicken. Passive voice: The chicken was killed by me. The active voice = something does…
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Example IELTS Topics

It is impossible to guess the exact question the exam will ask. The examiners, however, have to choose a topic on which everyone has an opinion. Here are some possible areas and example questions (do not expect these exact questions to appear on the test - these are merely possibilities)…
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Adding Flair

Once the basics of an essay are done - good structure, intelligent evidence, varied sentence patterns and tenses - it is worth considering adding some extra 'flair' to make the essay stand out. The following are some ideas (remember not to go crazy with them): Literary Devices Simile - ;…
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