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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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It is very useful for me

hello simon : you are the best teacher

please give us some information about countable, uncountable and countable uncountable nouns .
because we have a big problem in task one about that.

for example: expenditure is singular or plural.

for example i wrote. expenditures for supermarkets and houses were higher in 2011 than 2009.

i have two questions there.

1-what we should use, were or was and why?
2-what we should use there, than or then?
another question

spending in supermarkets was higher in australia

1- what we should use there, was or were?

please answer my questions
thanks

Hi everyone,

It is the first time for me to post a comment on this website although I have been a regular reader of Simon's daily lessons for the last a couple of years.

Firstly, I am very grateful for Simon's IELTS website that have given me great inspiration to continue the IELTS test and opportunities to share ideas with other IELTS candidates. Thank you so much for your daily lessons online, eBook and Saturday course. I have benefited greatly from them.

Secondly, I wonder if anyone from Sheffield is interested in forming a conversation group in which we can improve our English speaking? Venues and time can be further discussed through emails. My email is jing.xu@hotmail.co.uk

Best wishes
Jing

Hello:) I am from Ukraine, does anybody know answers for IELTS academic listening and reading sections 16.08.2014?

@Nee

1- You should use "were" because "expenditures" is plural
2-Why to use "Then"? "than" is the adjective for comparison.
3- You should use "was" because "spending" is singular.

I hope it helps you

Thank you teacher, Simom ^^

Thank you Simon! As usual, very useful advice. But Simon (and everybody here) could you please suggest what is the best way for me to approach section 3+4 in Listening??

I find myself struggle with section 3+4 (especially section 4 a lecture or something like that) while on the tape they say one thing and of course on the answer sheet its rephrased. Most of the time I am still reading and try to find a suitable word to fill in to that gap and the tape has already moved on to (possible) another question... How do I tackle this problem?
Thank you

@ aria
thank you very much

Hi Simon, thanks for the useful lesson.
May I ask you whether it is appropriate to say "It is agreed that" instead of "I agree that" in the essay writing task 2.

Is it compulsory to use the pronoun "I" to answer all questions asking for "your opinion"

Thanks much for your advice

Dear Simon,

I have a question about one problem in listening.

I find these kinds of answers are accepted in Listening:

1) "has lovely formal garden"
2) "has good view of city center"

From a grammar perspective, should the noun be uncountable noun or plural in this case?

I am so confused about this. Can you explain for me?

Thanks in advance!

Great tips. Should I write notes in section 2,3,and4?

Hi Simon,

Thanks for your tips again.

By the way, I am confused about the expression "in [xx] years' time"
- First, what does the expression actually mean? Does it mean "in [xx] years" ?
E.g.: In 10 years' time = in 10 years

- Second, this time phrase mentions about s.th happening in the future or past?

- Third, do we need to write the apostrophe?

Thank you

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Hi Tran Hoa,

As far as I am concerned, if the question type is NOTE COMPLETION or SENTENCE COMPLETION, the grammar might be more forgiving and 'garden' & 'view' are accepted.

If the question type is SUMMARY COMPLETION, then it is very likely that you need plural nouns. This is because 'garden' and 'view' in this case are countable nouns with no article preceding them.

To Hellcha,

Thank for your concern, sincerely.

Actually, even by raising this question with hope for an explanation from Simon to ease my confusion, I personally think that sometimes we need to accept the exception in Ielts.

To your question, I want to generate some ideas, but it's actually out of my reach.

I do some search myself and have this https://www.englishforums.com/English/In10YearsTime/zbqhg/post.htm

I am not a native speaker, so I find this really confused too.

Let's hope Simon give you help soon :)

HELLO SIR,

THANKS FOR EVERY TIP WHICH YOU HAVE GIVEN..

I AM HAVING MANY DOUBTS ON LISTENING SECTION..
PLZZZ HELP ME..LAST TIME I WROTE ALL ANSWERS IN LOWERCASE LETTERS..INCLUDING NOUNS AND EVERYTHING..I WROTE WELL LISTENING EXAM ..BUT I GOT ONLY 6 IN IT..COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME PATTERN HOW TO WRITE THE ANSWERS..WHETHER I HAVE TO WRITE LOWERCASE LETTERS OR UPPERCASE LETTERS..I AM HAVING THIS DOUBT IN READING PART ALSO..TRY TO GIVE QUICK RESPONSE..
THANKS FOR UR HELP IN ADVANCE..

Hello Hellcha,

Your questions:
..." I am confused about the expression "in [xx] years' time"
- First, what does the expression actually mean? Does it mean "in [xx] years" ?
E.g.: In 10 years' time = in 10 years

- Second, this time phrase mentions about s.th happening in the future or past?

- Third, do we need to write the apostrophe?..."
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This is my answer as far I know (I might be wrong)
1. When you mention something about time you can either say "in 1 month" (without apostrophe) or you can say "in 1 month's time" (with apostrophe)

ex: The doctor said to the patient: "Make another appointment to see me in one month" or he could say "Make another appointment to see me in one month's time"

2. It depends on the context and situation, it could be in the past, but it could be in present continuous time.

Ex: I collected 200 pairs of shoes in 3 years (in 3 years' time) (so this is clearly in the past - already happened)

I think I am gonna collect 200 pairs of shoes in 3 years (future).
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With my little limited knowledge I hope it helps you a bit? English is my second language as well, and I am learning too.

hello everyone.
i have found a tip for multiple choice questions. first i read only questions not choices in given time. then while i'm listening i take some notes, like keywords. at the end of the section i mark with the help of keywords.
it works perfectly for me. i don't make wrong choices anymore :)

hi simon, could you please advise me as to which tense should be used in graphs when the dates are not mentioned?

hi simmon,
I have a doubt about note making in listening section regarding the word length,
for example, if there is a question like this (word limit 2 words)

Q: The distance between so and so is ----km.

While listening I found it as-
'The distance between so and so is about 30km'.

Then, my answer is -'about 30'.
But,when I see the answer it is '30'.

Is my answer is wrong or right.Please give me an urgent reply.
My mail:vshlm2@gmail.com

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