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Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Thank you very much, Teacher Simon!

Thank you, Teacher Simon.
I knew this site few days ago.
So today is the first day, I will try to follow daily lession.
I hope you and friends in this site can check anyproblem help me.
thank everyone!

Some countries such as Australia are making native speakers take the IELTS test for immigration purposes. It is all too easy for a native speaker to unwittingly come out with an "essay phrase" without realising it. All language is memorized somehow, even by native speakers.

Oshkow

The key here is in Simon's word 'long'. Natives tend to use short essay phrases, because we know that topic vocabulary is far more important to communicate meaning. Non natives in the IELTS test generally use much longer memorised phrases.

There is nothing wrong with some short 'essay phrases'. We need them to create a familiar structure, and this helps the reader to understand what the essay is about.

When an examiner reads an essay, there needs to be a 'balance' between functional, 'memorised' language, and topic vocabulary. As a general guide, I usually find that when memorised phrases (including linkers) begin to exceed 20% to 25% of the essay, it quickly becomes unnatural and begins to lack meaning.

Thank you for your advice, Teacher Sjm!

Hello,Samon!Could you tell me if you have the materials relating to topic words?

Dear Sir

Human activity is a major factor in the rise of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming


why the verb is cause instead of causes


Thank you
Sujit

Hi Sujit,

I am supposed that the answer for your Q is following:

'cause' refers in this context to 'the greenhouse gases' so this phrase is plural, and he author preferred to use this verb due to plural form of phrase,

I assume that you confuse with 'the rise of...' but it should not.

Thanks

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