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Teaching IELTS online because I can!

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Here's a useful review exercise for the weekend.

Your grammar score in IELTS essays is not just about how many mistakes you make but the range of grammar you use. Part of that range can mean using different tenses.

So here's my exercise for you. Go back over some old essays and see if you are using different tenses. If you aren't, one natural way to do this is compare different times. This can work as a way of expanding ideas in lots of essays. You can discuss what people do now (present tenses), what people did (past tenses) and what people may do in the future (future tenses).

Try rewriting a paragraph or so by making a time comparison. Here's a model for you that uses different tenses by making a time comparison.

One reason why people buy more imported food nowadays is that it is cheaper due to improvements in international transport. In the past it was extremely expensive to food from one country to another as it meant preserving it for long periods of time in refrigerated containers. This is no longer the case as the international transport infrastructure has improved so that food can be transported over long distances in less than a day at little cost. The result is that consumers are able to buy fresh produce from anywhere in the world at the same price as food grown where they live.
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IELTS letters are scored in their own way. Two special bits are purpose and tone. You need to clearly identify who you're writing to and why you're writing to get these right.
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Please let me know if you find these ideas useful
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Here's a new essay. I think the discuss both views type essay tends to be complex to write, It's one case where I suggest you keep things clear and that may mean not including all your ideas.
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I'm doing quite a lot of pronunciation on site at the moment. This video is designed to help with that.

A great way to work on your pronunciation is simply listen and repeat.
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Pronunciation is something everyone doing IELTS should be interested in. Here's a quick lesson on one key aspect of it. Do check out the video at the end too.

http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-speaking/pronunciation-ielts-speaking/quick-guide-weak-forms/
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