Unit 8 Task 2 Band 7 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the essay. You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: In some countries, people who … Read more

Describe a friend who is important to you

Describe a friend who is important to you You should say: where you met how long you have known him / her why you are friends You should also say why he or she is important to you Answer: Well, I’d like to talk about someone I’ve known for a long time. He actually used … Read more

Describe a place you would love to visit

Describe a place you would love to visit. You should say: where it is what you can do there what is special about it. You should also say why you would like to go there more than anywhere else. Answer: Well, I love travelling so there are many places I would really like to go … Read more

Where people live

Where people live Places cosmopolitan (environment) metropolitan (city) downtown city centre urban the suburbs / suburban areas (NOTE: when referring to the suburbs, we generally always use THE) rural the outskirts CBD (Central Business District) city hall coastal city inland city mountainous city housing accommodation housing complex industrial estate housing estate apartment (US) / flat … Read more

Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: some additional questions that are typical in Part Two and Part Three how a model answer can be put together how to use grammar and structures relevant to the question how to respond to questions that ask you to speculate and describe change

Transitive and intransitive verbs

Transitive and intransitive verbs have different rules when you use them to make sentences. 1. The boss surprised his workteam.  TRANSITIVE VERB 2. The boss smiled. INTRANSITIVE VERB Transitive verbs A transitive verb needs a direct object to make a complete sentence. For example: She likes. (Incorrect) She likes ice cream. (Correct) I have invited. … Read more

Past perfect simple and continuous

Past perfect simple and continuous are used to talk about an ‘earlier’ past when you are also talking about another (more recent) past situation. In general terms, while both past perfect simple and continuous actions are finished, past perfect simple emphasises the ‘completion’ of the action and past perfect continuous emphasises the ‘length’ of that … Read more

Topic-based vocabulary: THE LAW

Degrees of crime Misdemeanour – A minor crime, punishable by a fine or a light jail term Felony [US English] – a crime punishable by death or imprisonment in excess of one year. Infraction – generally used to describe minor crimes when the law has been broken (e.g. riding a bicycle at night without lights … Read more

Video: apostrophes – rule 2

Narration: The second rule of the apostrophe is to show that letters are missing to create contractions. For example: He could’ve helped but he didn’t want to. Be aware that this style of using the apostrophe is not suitable for your IELTS test. It is only used in informal writing.

Video: apostrophes – rule 1

Narration: An apostrophe. The first rule for using an apostrophe is to show possession, belonging or attachment. For example: As a child, if I had done anything wrong at school I would have been sent to the Principal’s office. That is, the office belonging to the Principal. Be aware that when the apostrophe follows an … Read more