What is the difference between “although” and “while/whereas”?
Some of my students think that “although” can be used when paraphrasing a sentence that originally uses “while” or “whereas”. This is wrong in many cases.
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IELTS Essay Sample: should children go to extra classes or play after school?
Earlier this week, I wrote about a new essay topic presented to candidates by Irsafam Test Centre in Iran. Here’s my answer to that task:
IELTS Essays: should children go to extra classes or play after school?
Recently, IRSAFAM IELTS test centre in Iran sent candidates a sample essay topic to practice IELTS writing task 2:
Some people believe that children should go to extra classes after school. Others, however, think that children should spend that time playing instead.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
I often spend a minute or two reading the task and understanding Continue reading
I think I owe everyone an apology. Although I started this blog with passion, a bigger passion took over late last September, my newborn son Ryan! I have been spending as much time as I can with the little guy and he’s all strong and happy now 🙂
I think I’m quite ready to kick things off again here at IELTS Prime, and hope the new round of posts will benefit IELTS candidates a lot! Keep the feedback coming and really appreciate your comments.
IELTS vocabulary: effects
Today I am writing about the difference between the words that you can use in your essays to discuss the effects of an issue. A lot of IELTS candidates think that they can use the following words to replace the word ‘effect’ anywhere in their writing and in any given context:
consequence, repercussion, influence, impact, result, outcome
Although some of these words can be used instead of ‘effect’, others have specific meaning:Continue reading
IELTS Speaking: Is accent and pronunciation important?
I was recently asked by a colleague whether IELTS examiners care about the candidates’ accent and pronunciation. My answer is:
Examiners do not care about accent
Examiners do care about correct pronunciation
Having a particular accent like British, Australian or AmericanContinue reading
IELTS Essays: Personal Examples
IELTS essay tasks explicitly ask you to provide examples, and define acceptable examples as those “from your own knowledge or experience”. Therefore, it is important to Continue reading
Writing Task 2-Full Opinion Essay Sample
A couple of days ago in my previous post on writing task 2, I promised to post my complete answer to the following IELTS essay task:
Some people think governments should spend less money on arts and invest more in education.
How far do you agree or disagree?
So, here’s my band-9 essayContinue reading