Video: Further uses of Ø (no article)

Narration: Now we will look at some of the more complicated rules of using no article. When we are thinking of the purpose of a place, we do not use an article. For example, we would say ‘Criminals should be sent to prison’ because we are thinking of the purpose – to keep the criminal … Read more

Video: Further uses of the

Narration: Now we will look at some of the more complicated rules of using ‘the’. When it is shared knowledge between the speaker and listener, we use ‘the’. For example, 2 colleagues at work might say ‘The boss is in a meeting’ because they work together, they are both clear that this refers specifically to … Read more

Which article?

Now let’s try a few questions to see if you are ready to move on. Click the link below to start the test!

Video: Use of articles

Narration: The use of articles helps us to be more specific when talking about nouns. Let’s take the noun ‘student’ as an example. If we talk about a student, then we are talking about one of many students. It is not important which particular student. However, when we refer to the student, we are talking … Read more

Video: Articles

Narration: The correct use of articles is a difficult skill to master, but if you are looking for a high level result in your test you will need to use them accurately. There are three different articles: a/an, the or no article, which we will identify in this lesson by using this symbol [see the … Read more

The present simple passive

Tense Passive Form Passive Sentence Active Form Active Sentence Present simple am/are/is + past participle One form of technology or other is regularly used by most people on a daily basis, for example a mobile phone. base verb +s for he/she/it   Most people regularly use one form of technology or another on a daily … Read more

Using the passive in IELTS

Passive sentence structures are commonly used in formal writing. They are also used to describe processes, as may be required in the Academic IELTS test. The passive form can be used with most different tenses, though passive forms of the following tenses are not usually used: Present Perfect Continuous Past Perfect Continuous Future Perfect Continuous … Read more

Summary of this lesson

In this lesson you should have learned… why the passive is important in the IELTS test how the passive is formed when the passive should be used how ‘used to’ and the passive can be combined Now take the end of lesson review