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Better IELTS grammar

The importance of grammar in IELTS and how to learn it

Grammar is key to both the speaking and the writing papers as it is 25% of your marks in each paper. This means that you should spend plenty of time working on your grammar skills.

IELTS grammar

Think variety

Good IELTS grammar is not just about not making mistakes – it also about using a wide range of different structures. To understand this idea you should check this key lesson:

How to use simple and complex sentences in writing

Think about meaning too

If you want to use better grammar it’s important to know how to use it and not just how to make it. These lessons show you how this can be done:

How to use relative clauses to improve your writing

Know what your problems are and learn to correct them

This is key. Everyone has their own mistakes. The smart thing to do is to focus your learning on the type of mistakes you make most. This lesson gives you some ideas of the type of mistakes to look for in writing.

An editing checklist




Common mistakes

Error correction and other exercises

These exercises focus on one or two aspects of IELTS grammar. The idea is that it helps to focus on particular mistakes. You’ll find other exercises in my grammar lessons listed below.

Articles

Prepositions

Cause and effect language

Linking language

Relatives

Comparisons




Relative clauses

How to use relative clauses to improve your writing

The idea here is that good IELTS grammar is about knowing how and when to use relatives clauses, not just getting their grammar right

The grammar of relative clauses

A quick lesson on the two main types of relative clause and the basic rules

Articles

An outline of an approach to making fewer mistakes 

The idea here is to think of general/particular and countable/uncountable

Conditionals

How to use conditional clauses to improve the coherence of your writing 

It is not enough to know the grammar, you also need to know how to use the grammar

How to use I wish in IELTS speaking

I wish can help you make your answers more interesting and add variety to the grammar

Modal verbs

Modal verbs of probability and possibility

These verbs are essential for talking about the future

Tenses

Different ways to talk about the future

This lesson focusses more on spoken grammar, but it is also useful in writing too

How to use the present perfect

A lesson that shows you how to use the tense in writing and speaking and not just how to make it

Comparisons and contrasts

using whereas to make contrasts

compare and contrasting language

Adjectives and adverbs

adjectives and adverbs in academic task 1

using adverbs more flexibly

adverbs do not just qualify verbs but we often use them to qualify other adverbs and adjectives too. This is a great skill to learn to improve your speaking

Spelling

25 common spelling mistakes

Good spelling is 100% important in listening and useful in writing too! This lesson tests you on some common mistakes and shows you why they happen

25 more common spelling mistakes

Tips on spelling

One of my older lessons giving tips on spelling

Punctuation

Advice on unnecessary commas

One common error is putting commas in where they shouldn’t be. This lesson gives you some very practical advice how to avoid this problem. It’s all about thinking of the comma as a pause.

 

3 Responses to Better IELTS grammar

  1. Omar Hossain November 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    Hii,, I find this page is very helpful but I am facing some problems while I am trying to read all about IELTS Writing because, every page contains many linking pages and it continues again and again. It makes the reader confused where it started and where it will finish. Hope you understand the issue…. Thank you.

    • Dominic Cole November 3, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

      Hi

      Yes I do see the problem – what I’m trying to do at the moment is reorganise things so it is possible to follow a path through.

      I should add though that the emphasis is more on showing people a way of finding what they need rather than producing an a-z course. IELTS is so varied that that isn’t really practical

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