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IELTS stands for The International English Language Testing System, use this tag for questions that are related to the exam. PROOFREADING essays Task 1 and 2 are strictly OFF TOPIC.

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Am I understanding conditionals correctly?

Could you please help with conditionals usage? I'm practising those right now, but do I understand everything correctly? Zero conditional: If I see water, I drink it // Every time I see water, I drink ...
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Why is “for” not used in this sentence?

why is for not used in this sentence : The number of persons jobless (for) 15 to 26 weeks declined by 188,000 to 1.2 million
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are encourage and motivate the same in the following sentence?

Do the following sentences mean the same? Is it OK to say violent crimes motivates offenders? Violent crimes in the media encourages criminals to commit crime. Violent crimes in the media motivates ...
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Professionally/Professional

which word "Professionally,professional" is right in this sentence and why -Many professionally/professional agricultural advisors were hired to boost the significantly declining industry.
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'Kids' vs 'the kids'

I'm preparing for academic IELTS by writing some essays and then correcting those using a grammar correction app. In the following sentence, Therefore, despite kids tend to form unfriendly societies, ...
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How to say correctly “My age was smaller?”

I was preparing for IELTS speaking and tried to say that I was younger than my classmates using the phrase "My age was smaller". But it seems unnatural, isn't it? How say it correctly, "...
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Half vs. a half

I'm preparing for academic IELTS by writing some essays and then correcting those using a grammar correction app. In the following sentence, Overall, carbohydrates prevail in both dishes, especially ...
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The percentage of journeys made by public transport is 3%/3

Which is correct? The percentage of journeys made by public transport is 3%. or The percentage of journeys made by public transport is 3
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“Schedule of items due” meaning

I've practised IELTS listening and encountered the following passage: STUDENT: Okay, thanks. And to clarify, what exactly is due in the first phase? PROFESSOR: Before the October deadline, I want ...
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They walk in just 5 percent of (the) cases. The percentage of journeys made by public transport is almost the same as the previous one

Please, help me correct these sentences taken from a table description for an IELTS writing task 1: They walk in just 5 percent of (the) cases. The percentage of journeys made by public transport is ...
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An exception here is Canada, where people prefer other means of transport/ways of traveling

I have an IELTS writing task 1: I also have a description to check. There is one sentence that goes like this: An exception here is Canada, where people prefer other ways of traveling. "Ways ...
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“The” before plural nouns

I'm preparing for academic IELTS by writing some essays and then correcting those using a grammar correction app. In the following sentence, It cannot be denied that many people struggle to fit into ...
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The second most popular way of making journeys is on foot

I'm checking this chart's description: There is one sentence that sounds odd The second most popular way of making journeys in Canada is on foot. I think that way of making journeys doesn't sound ...
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The last place in this category is the Netherlands with almost twice less car use

There is an IELTS writing task: Is this description correct? According to the table, it is clearly seen that car use prevails in all represented countries. The leader in the group is Canada with 90 ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “with his loved ones”?

What's the meaning of "with his loved ones"? 'Ones' refers to the existence or people? The sentence is from IELTS 15 T1P3. The full example sentence: Explorer and travel writer Peter ...
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“Right” Answers in the IELTS Reading Section

Friends, My concerns are about the suggested answers of the Reading section in the Official IELTS 14 Practice book. I'm providing the context, question(s) in concern and it's official answer. the ...
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Grammar sentence structure and “opposite … next”

Consider: The bank is opposite the supermarket next to the bar. What is next to the bar, the bank or the supermarket?
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'ING' FORM in sentence

which sentence is correct and Why: Sentence 1 : This aims to help people part buy a house or a flat by making housing more affordable for first-time buyers,and possibly taking the strain away form ...
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“ING” after comma

Taken from an IELTS exam prep site Why is beginning used in the following sentence? And is it a relative clause?: It is clear that there are five stages in the production of cement, beginning with ...
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“The FFA was created to govern the rules of flying.”

Do those sentences have the same meaning? The FFA was created to govern the rules of flying. The FFA was established to give rules to flying.
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meaning ielts question

What does this sentence mean : (I don't understand the phrase " the highest earning exports ") sentence : petroleum products were the highest earning exports in both years
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Grammar meaning question: would and will

what is difference about meaning between these two sentences?: sentence 1 : To get a high score you would have to study a lot sentence 2 : To get a high score you will have to study a lot
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grammar meaning question

sentence 1 : Kyoto has the lowest passenger numbers of all the cities sentence 2 : Kyoto has the lowest passenger number of all the cities Do the two sentences above have different meanings when I use ...
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Grammar Ielts Question

Sentence : National and international fixed calls showed a similar pattern , starting at just under 40 billion minutes of calls in 1995, then rising/rised steadily to around 60 billion minutes of ...
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Can a percentage be referred to as a “total”?

Can I use "total"and "amount to" with % like the following sentence : The largest category of digital communicators was the group aged 13 to 25 ,Which totaled/amounted to 40% of ...
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Using 'had risen' instead of 'rose', 'was growing' instead of 'grew'

The question asks me to use the correct tense in the blank. By 2007, UK household wealth ________(rise) from XX to just under XX billion Pound. My answer: Rose || Correct answer: had risen At the ...
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“the average percentages in typical meals of three types of nutrients”

This is a writing question which I'm trying to use to practice, but I'm a little confused about its instructions. I think what the pie chart shows is that the percentages of each meal in three types ...
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IELTS Speaking test off-topic

Suppose an IELTS examiner asks me "Do you live in the town or a city?" If I answer I have been living in a city for over 30 years. and then talk a lot about cuisines, must-see places in my ...
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“a range of”, “a variety of” and “many kinds of”, which one is more advanced?

I am preparing for IELTS test, in which advanced words get higher score. consider these there is a range of jobs in my home town there is a variety of jobs in my home town there are many ...
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“it is often considered that” vs. “it's considered by many that”

This is an example from an IELTS test. It is often considered that change is more beneficial to people than trying to avoid it and have everything remain the same. Do you think the advantages of ...
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Does “ whether nothing can be done to solve crime problems is debatable.” sounds odd to you

I'm writing an IELTS practice essay now. In the example essay, there is a transition sentence saying "Nevertheless, whether nothing can be done to solve crime problems is debatable. " I know it is ...
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Meaning of the term “unusual” in Question 24 Listening Test 2 Cambridge IELTS 14?

Here is Question 24 in Listening Test 2 of Cambridge IELTS 14: Q24: According to Martin, what is unusual about the date of the mammoths’ extinction on the island? A. how exact it is B. how early it is ...
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IELTS Listening - Month and Day Format

In an IELTS Listening question, I am supposed to write a date. The answer sheet gives: 23rd March / Monday 23rd March Would March 23rd be a valid answer?
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Not in compliance with the answer sheet - IELTS listening section

In Cambridge IELTS 2 Test 1, in the 10th question you hear the narrator expressing that "Louise's card will be ready until next week." The question asks you "when will Louise's card be ready?" I wrote ...
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Struggling understanding IELTS reading comprehension answer key

I need some help with explaining this IELTS reading exercise. The question from the exercise is: Rocket as war weapons were first invented or used by ________? The options are: a. The Chinese b. ...
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Which preposition should I use after “The figures”?

I have a question about which preposition should I use in this sentence: The figures ____ (for/of) train and bicycle use reveal a steady drop in these types of transport. I think of should be used. ...
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Can we use 'I think' after 'In my view'?

The following sentence is given in my book: In my view, I don't think this is a good idea. I know it very well that if phrase 'In my opinion' is used instead of 'In my view', then it won't be ...
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Confusion regarding usage of “know” and “understand”

In the following sentence, which word should be used: "understand" or "know"? I do think it is important for us to try to understand/know different cultures The actual answer and even I guessed that ...
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Does “constant reconfiguration” of something implies that the thing changes periodically?

There is one sentence like: We know little about the constant reconfiguration of the coastline. Does this statement mean that coastline changes periodically or it doesn't change periodically? I guess ...
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Are contractions and/or slang used in English exams and tests? [closed]

Are all those correct uses in English or is it just for explaining and not correct for writing on tests or exams? Would it sound more fluent to write Ex, Y'all, I'll, They're. instead of ...
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Measured in percentage OR percentages?

According to the chart above, I want to give it a description and wonder weather I should use percentage OR percentages in the following sentence. The bar graph shows 7 different reasons that ...
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numbers of the nouns = the noun numbers?

1. The average patient numbers at Bangkok Hospitals this mouth was much higher . . . 2. The average number of patients at Bangkok Hospitals this mouth was much higher . . . a. The average patient ...
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Does idiomatic language improve my speaking score in IELTS?

If I use a very idiomatic language in speaking test, I gain point or lose point? For example suppose instead of saying: Medical graduates are considered the best in our university. I say: ...
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Number(s) of + . . . OR . . . + number(s)?

Are they equivalent? The line graph shows average numbers of patients using public hospitals every month, from 1990 to 2000. The line graph shows average patient numbers at public hospitals ...
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Adjectives for comparative clauses

So far, I learned that we can use the superlatives and comparatives such as: Bigger/biggest & smaller/smallest Larger/largest & smaller/smallest Higher/highest & lower/lowest and More/...
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Healthy vs. average

A sample IELTS question in the reading section concerns a passage about how dentistry has improved over the last few centuries. The passage includes: Modern dentistry was in its infancy for most ...
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Relationship between “detrimental” and “effective”

A sample IELTS question in the reading section concerns a passage about how dentistry has improved over the last few centuries. The passage includes: "...for most of the 18th and the beginning of ...
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Is the use of a verb-ing still correct after a comma when the subject is changed?

I know that usually we use verb-ing after a comma to say the action before the comma and that after the comma happen simultaneously. (e.g. The figure for bananas continued to grow, overtaking that for ...
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Is “Out of nowhere” a negative?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? It did not come out of nowhere, Michael. As I know, we can't use two negatives in the same sentence. Can I use this sentence at IELTS Writing Task 2, where ...
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Questions about writing formal letters and writing specific dates

i don't know if these kinds of questions are appropriate to ask in this particular forum but i will take my chances. I was writing a formal letter for an IELTS task, and I was wondering whether this ...