A tutorial gives a sentence

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will I get better results for my IELTS essay if I have interesting ideas

which uses the plural form of "results". However, there is only one essay task in an IELTS test.

Is that grammatically correct?

1 Answer 1


Yes, it is.

According to the Oxford Dictionary

1.3. A final score, mark, or placing in a sporting event or examination.
‘exam results
A panel of choreographers, artistic directors, and former dancers tallies these results into a final score.

Check the example that I have quoted: they tally results into a final score. Consider that your essay is evaluated from different points of view, different characteristics (plural) are checked - grammar, syntax, ... -, obtaining each of them a result. You receive multiple results from one essay and all results obtained are summarized in a final score.

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