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Thursday, March 29, 2012


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Hi Simon,
After seeing this lesson, I learned the rules which can improve my writing.

Hi I am Nana
Other one is proportion of people the number of people whose are......

Hi Simon,

Thank you very much for this useful website. It helped me lots during the time I was preparing for my exam in March. I got 7.5 as the overall band score, and I think your website and many friends here made great support for me. Many thanks to all, and lots of love.

Wish you all the best.


hi Simon

could U give me one advice plz, because i m having exam on 31

in TAsk 1

plz clarify difference below?? I know u mentioned before..but I couldnt find it..

in 1920s
in the year 1920
in 1920.

which is suitable or in every sentence, it can be used.

Thnx a lot

Hello, Simon,
Why do you never give any advice on letters?

Hello Jay,
I saw this in the third paragraph of Simon's writing task 1.
In 1940, around 9% of Americans were aged 65 or over, compared to about 7% of Swedish people and 5% of Japanese people.
He used *In 1940* .

Congratulations Phuong!


Hi Jay,

The first one refers to the decade (1929-1929). The other 2 refer to one year only. All are correct depending on the context.


Hi Docent,

I don't normally teach the GT (my students here in Manchester all do the academic test) so I haven't made my own materials for the letter task.

Hi Simon,

When it comes to year numbers, is it ok to pronounce twenty-thirty (2030) or should I say two thousand and thirty ? Are there any difference?


Hi Elis,

It doesn't matter, but I'd say 20-30.

I am not convinced that how to have a good result in W1.
Is it okay that reading, coping samples on your website and trying to remember sentences? will it fine/enough to look your website in writing task 1 ?

Would you please let me know can I use question in writing task 2? My teacher said that question belongs to TOEFL not IELTS? Would you guide me?

Hi Yusun,

I think you'll find my task 1 lessons useful, but you could do other things too, such as write your own essays and find a teacher who can check them.


Hi Dio,

Do you mean "is it ok to write questions in task 2 essays?" My advice is not to write questions in your essays.

Hi Simon
Could you give me some suggestions about the writing task 1-test 4-cambridge ielts 7 please? How many paragraph should i use? Could I compare both the units and percentage in the same essay. (I create the percentage by myself, cause it not concern in the graph. Is it ok?)

hi simon,

here in the Philippines, our coaches always remind us that we should not use dramatic/dramatically in the task 1 because they say that there is no drama in task 1.anyway i still believe in your writing examples because you are a native english speaker.

hi simon,
could you tell me that actually we do not need to write the conclusion paragraph for task1 questions

Hi Hathu,

I think I did that essay here:



Hi Dave,

I disagree with that. "increased dramatically" is a normal expression that has no relation to "drama". Have a look on Google and you will find many examples from all kinds of real sources.


Hi Priya,

Look at this lesson:


It's possible to read model essays quickly and learn a little.

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