Should I use idioms in the IELTS test?

Should I use idioms in the IELTS test? The simple answer is yes – and no! English idioms are often used in informal speech and writing – they can be used to demonstrate a level of familiarity with English that will really help improve your result. However, they can also be considered too informal in … Read more

Idioms list

Here are some common English idioms though there are many, many more! Idioms Description Example At the drop of a hat Without hesitation, immediately. She would help me at the drop of a hat, she is such a great friend. Beat around the bush Avoid the important issue. Please don’t beat around the bush! Just … Read more

Adjective order

If you are using more than one adjective before a noun, there is often a specific order in which they must be placed. For example: A black leather jacket A leather black jacket Here is a short acronym to help you remember: OSASCOMP. Below you will find an explanation for each letter and some example … Read more

Conversation tags

Question tags (also called tag questions) are common structures used in spoken English. An example of a question tag is: ‘You like studying English, don’t you?’ The first part of a question tag sentence is the statement (‘You like studying English’) followed by the question form (‘don’t you?’) It is important to note that question … Read more

Cause and effect: Thus

Here is some more information on this linking word. Note the use of punctuation. Linking word: Thus Meaning: To talk about the effect of something; what happened because of another action Common use 1: Connects within a sentence Grammar: Complete clause + comma + linking word + complete clause Example: The quality of state education … Read more

Cause and effect: As a result

Here is some more information on this linking word. Note the use of punctuation. Linking word: As a result Meaning: To talk about the effect of something; what happened because of another action Common use 1: Connects between sentences Grammar: Complete clause. Linking word + comma + complete clause Example: Many farmers are using chemicals. … Read more

Addition: using ‘Not only…(but)…also’

Here is some more information on this linking word. Note the use of punctuation. Linking word: Also Meaning: As well as; plusĀ  Common use 1: Needs to be both at the beginning and in the middle of a sentence. Grammar: First part of linking word + auxiliary verb (e.g. do, have, would) + complete clause … Read more

Prepositions of time (Part 2)

Prepositions of time (and all types of prepositions) can be one of the hardest parts of English to use correctly because the rules are often quite difficult, and like most rules for a language, there are lots of exceptions. In Unit 1 we looked at the prepositions of time ‘in’, ‘on’ ‘at’. In this lesson … Read more

Prepositions of place (Part 2)

Prepositions of place (and all prepositions) can be one of the hardest parts of English to use correctly because the rules are often quite difficult, and like most rules for a language, there are lots of exceptions. In the previous lesson on prepositions of place, we looked at ‘at’, ‘in’ and ‘on’. In this lesson … Read more