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True, false, or not given: there are three main kinds of identity theft

I believe you are right. We know that identity crime can be categorised into three types. We know that identity theft is on the rise. We can infer that the internet makes identity theft easier, but no ...
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Are "on leaving school" and "after leaving school" the same?

It's true that on leaving has a connotation that something happened immediately afterward, while after leaving implies only that something happened at some later point (possibly much later), but since ...
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True, false, or not given: there are three main kinds of identity theft

I agree with you: the answer key is wrong. As James K points out, presumably your answer must be based on the text, and not on some other source of information. But going by the text: It clearly ...
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Grammar sentence structure and "opposite ... next"

The cited example is inherently ambiguous. The meaning depends on how you parse it... 1: The bank is opposite the supermarket [and [the bank is]] next to the bar (the bank is next to the bar) OR 2: ...
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The difference between "Each cake's piece" and "Each piece of the cake"

"each piece of the cake" implies that there's one cake and refers to each piece of it. "each cake's piece" suggests that there are multiple cakes, and you're talking about one ...
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"What is the age of marriage in your culture?"

What is the age of marriage in your culture? Be careful, the original question does not ask for an opinion — “Of course I gave him my opinion about the age of marriage, but it is very strange to me.” ...
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Are "on leaving school" and "after leaving school" the same?

This is a terrible question. The two statements are slightly different, and the question seems to specifically ask whether this slight difference exists or not. The test maker had the idea that the ...
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British or American For IELTS/TOEFL

You can find an Information for Candidates booklet on the IELTS website. It states: The international test IELTS is internationally focused in its content. For example, texts and tasks are sourced ...
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Is "sketchy" appropriate for an IELTS Academic essay?

"sketchy" for me has the same connotation as "dodgy" - a slang term that means that something or someone is of a questionable nature - for example, a "sketchy neighbourhood" would not be a place one ...
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Populace vs Population

The difference is mostly related to the context in which each is used. Both words, population and populace, derive ultimately from a Latin word for people, but the words entered English with ...
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meaning ielts question

“Highest earning” is an adjectival phrase modifying “exports”. It means that petroleum products were the exports that earned the most money. It would be clearer with a hyphen: “Petroleum products were ...
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Grammar sentence structure and "opposite ... next"

The preposition phrase "next to the bar" is modifying "the supermarket" since it is tightly following "the supermarket". If the preposition phrase is modifying "the ...
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Are "on leaving school" and "after leaving school" the same?

You're correct that there's a difference between "on leaving" and "after leaving", in that "after leaving" could mean soon after or years later, while "on leaving&...
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British or American For IELTS/TOEFL

As a native English-speaker, I have never taken either test. However, your choice may be influenced by what you wish to apply for using the test results afterward. It is my understanding that the ...
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British or American For IELTS/TOEFL

The misconception is the British and American are so very different. Of course there are differences, but compared to (say) German or Spanish, the variation in dialects in English is small. If you ...
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Give T/F/NG for the 'Stepwells' Reading

The reason that the answer to the proposition Examples of ancient stepwells can be found all over the world. is "False." can be inferred from the following sentence from your quoted IELTS ...
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Can "second only to something" express the two are similar?

This appears to be an exercise in comprehension. The text you quoted says that: 'Researchers' have found that chimpanzees have cultural traditions that are less complex than those of humans. The ...
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Of and from, are they interchangeable in some cases?

Don't underestimate the power of the possessive form! I would say the following: My name is Mathew Abraham, and I am writing this letter regarding an important document I forgot in one of your ...
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IELTS Questions

IELTS papers aren't vague by any means - they come with very specific instructions, and that can depend on the question being asked, so it's not really feasible for anybody to say definitively that ...
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'Kids' vs 'the kids'

I think that there is a grammar issue here far more important than the distinction of "the kids" and "kids". "Despite" is a preposition, which means you can not use it ...
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Are "on leaving school" and "after leaving school" the same?

In normal conversational English (American, east coast), "after" does mean any time after, but the cooperative principle of relevance constrains the meaning in context. "I got a job ...
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"What is the age of marriage in your culture?"

From the your description of the conversation, it sounds like the examiner is asking about the usual age of marriage in your culture however, you answered with examples from your family. An ...
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Can I use idioms in the IELTS written test?

Idioms are an indispensable part of the language so it is not a crime to use them. As a former IELTS Examiner, I would say that they can both make or break your writing. If you overuse them and put ...
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Do we have to use the capital letter for "I" letter in these case?

You always need to capitalize the letter 'i' when using the first person singular pronoun. Thus: I agree it's... You know I am... Can I use like that... The letter 'i' in the word it's ...
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Free live online English assessment test for IELT/TOEFL

I don't think that any free online test is going to give you a good indication of your strength in the English language. I would say that it is worth looking for past papers on these tests (with ...
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"over the period shown" or "over the shown period"?

The word shown can be used before and after the described noun; this is true of all adjectives that are derived from the perfect conjugation of verbs: The played song reminded me of home. The song ...
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True, false, or not given: there are three main kinds of identity theft

The line which mentions identity theft is the following: The third of these, identity theft, knows no geographical boundaries ... NB It is important to note that the author does not exclude the ...
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Usage of English words from different English dialects:

You should use an appropriate dialect and register. In many situations of English usage, non-standard English is not appropriate. And the IELTS test is intented to examine your knowledge of English ...
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Question regarding the use of the word "that"

This answer in the sister site discusses some cases for omitting that. In this particular case, when speaking, I would instinctively use the form without that. When writing in a formal communication ...
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