Unit 10 Task 2 Band 8 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: An increasing number of families … Read more

Unit 10 Task 1 Band 8 sample answer 1

Band score: approximately 8.0 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 report. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The bar chart shows the number … Read more

Common errors with the word GOVERNMENT

Using the correct words in your IELTS test can make the difference between succeeding and having to resit the test, so make sure you’ve got the right word or phrase! In this post, we will look at the use of the word ‘government’. Look at the sentences below, then read the comments below each one. … Read more

People involved in the law

The following vocabulary is useful for understanding and discussing the people involved. Judge – the person responsible for deciding the punishment for a guilty person Defendant – the person in a trial who has been accused of a crime Prosecution – the people who are trying to prove that the defendant is guilty Jury – … Read more

The legal process

The following vocabulary is useful for understanding and discussing the legal process. To arrest someone – to take someone into custody A trial – when the evidence against the accused person is considered by a judge and jury Verdict – the decision as to whether the defendant is innocent or guilty Appeal – when the … Read more

Types and degrees of crime

The following vocabulary is useful for understanding and discussing types and degrees of crime. NOTE: There are hundreds of different types of crime – the list below covers only the words we think will be most useful in your IELTS test! White collar crime – this refers to non-violent crimes done for money, generally by … Read more

Punishment

The following vocabulary is useful for understanding and discussing punishment. Capital punishment (the death penalty) – being put to death by the state for crimes committed Incarcerated – a formal word meaning ‘to be put in prison’ Suspended sentence – a person can be found guilty but their time in prison is delayed for a … Read more

When are participle clauses used?

Participle clauses express condition, reason, result or time. Here are some examples: Condition (used instead of an ‘if’ condition): Looked after carefully, the new smartphones will last at least three years. (If you look after it carefully, the new smartphones will last at least three years.) Reason (used instead of linking words like so or … Read more

Sentence inversion

To emphasise a particular part of a sentence, or to make your writing more literary (such as in a poem or novel), you can invert the traditional order of a sentence. For example: Standard order – He didn’t realise he had been tricked until the following day. Inverted order – Not until the following day … Read more

Tense review chart

Talking about the Present and/or recent actions with a relationship to the present Tense Form Use Example 1A Present simple base verb +s for he/she/it Current Routines N.B. Can be used with an adverb of frequency e.g. always, often, sometimes, never; to give further information on how often the activity occurs. Most people regularly use … Read more