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Tuesday, September 12, 2017


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Hi, Simon
So sorry to bother you under the tag of listening, but I do not know where to put it.

It about writing task 2. If the topic is like "People in modern societies are experimenting with both legal and illegal drugs. Discuss the causes and effects of this drug used by people in modern society, and give suggestions to reduce drug abuse"

Is it ok to focus on adolescents who misuse drug in this topic? Looking forward to your answer.THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Best regard

For hyphenated words,will my answer be wrong if I lost the hyphen?
Looking forward your reply,thank you.

For hyphenated words,will my answer be wrong if I lost the hyphen?
Looking forward to your reply,thank you.

"The bar chart and pie chart give information about
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
why US residents travelled and what travel
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
problems they experienced in the year 2009."
17 18 19 20 21 22 23

Here total word = 23.
Please inform the word count is right or wrong.

Thanks Simon. I always had difficulty understanding how many words or numbers we need. VERY helpful. thanks so much.


Yes, it would be ok to do that. However, I don't really think that you would see that topic in an IELTS test. I've never seen a question that asks about drug use.



If two words are allowed, it won't matter if you miss the hyphen. However, if you're only allowed to write one word, two words won't be accepted.


Yes, every word and number is included in the count.


No problem samsam!

Hi Simon,

Can you please help me to clarify the following question?

In this case can I write one word and one number such as" over 200"

Or I can write only following combinations which are;
One word / Two word / one number.
The book I am referring is IELTS on Track, test practice Academic 2015
Stephen Slater, Donna Millen and Pat Tyrian.page 23

Hi Simon
Word like "doesn't" count one or two words in the exam

Lana from Sudan

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