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Thursday, December 01, 2016


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Hi Simon please help me .plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

i have google it but can't find right answers

can we write

children's life or lives
people's life /lives

which one is grammatically correct.



Use the plurals: 'children's lives / people's lives'. The singular form is possible in some specific situations, but the plural is far more natural. We all lead different and unique lives, so it is more appropriate to use the plural.

Hi dear Simon,
I have problem in writing task 1,test2,Cambridge book 6,I have gone through your previous post but you have not explained that question.Can you please explain it for me.

Thanks sjm

Waste produced, waste production, the amount of waste, waste material,
consumption of water, water used, water usage, water consumed,
Saw an increase in waste consumption, saw the amount waste fall,
With people playing soccers, with potential student

Dear Simon,

I am sorry if this issue has been addressed by you already.
I took a "practice test" to see how well would I do in the real test conditions and also wanted to have a chance to get a response for my speaking and writing sections.
On the Writing 1 I received a chart describing the process of silk production that included 7 or so stages. So trained to describe percentages and graphs I completely froze and as a result was not able to fit my thoughts in 150 words consequently getting a lower band..
So, my question is, how to prepare for a not-so-standard type of the writing task 1?

Hi Simon, first of all Thanks for all these enoromous preparation recourses you've provided for us. My question is that as I study over your materials regarding WR task1, it's noticable that some verbs (account for..of, make up..of) are always used on pie/bar charts while including percentages. But sometimes I come across different ways of usages on a real academic papers such as, "represent..of, amount..to, constitute..of" So do you intentionally avoid using too many synonyms as not to confuse students or all these rephrased examples not well fit in with the contexts you've written so far?


Yes, as well as practising graphs, charts and tables, you need to prepare for "comparison diagrams" and "process diagrams", including "map" questions.

Look through my task 1 lessons to find examples of all of these types. You can also search my site using the method on this page:


Use the above advice to search for "process diagrams" or "silk production" and you'll find my lessons on these topics.



It's fine to use 'represent', 'amount to' and 'constitute', BUT only when relevant. All of these words/phrases have a slightly different meaning, and you need to be very careful that you use them properly. You can't simply use them as alternative synonyms.

If you're not sure, find an easier way to express the idea.

Hi, Simon
I have problems with using plural and singular nouns in task 1. Could you help me? For example, both companies A and B experienced a decrease/decreases in the amount of waste they produced in 2015. Which one is correct?

plz tell me reading of 17 december idp

17 dec reading with pessage and answers and listening plz

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