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Thursday, March 01, 2018


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Using easier sentence structures to reduce words and decrease the usage of unnecessary words without changing its meaning.

Hi Simon,

I'm sorry to post here about different topic,
I took ielts exam on 14th of Feb, and I got this question for writting task2 (not exactly all words were same)

"Nowadays employers focus on the education qualification more than qualities such as life experience or good personalities from employees.
Why does it happen?
Is this positive or negative?"

This question is kinda new to me,
I'd appriciate if you could give some model answer.

Thank you.

Im really sorry, I should have posted at least on the task2 page. I got confused...
I'm sorry...

Hello Simon,
I'd like to ask your question : " Over the following five years, spending by all three types of traveller increased dramatically, to peaks of around $330, $270 and $220. However, visitor spending suddenly fell again between 2003 and 2005."
- ( to peaks of...) why use (to + peaks) in this case.


"increased to peaks of" crops up 239 times on Google books.


"increased to a peak of" comes up over twenty-one thousand times.


I guess that makes it fairly normal English.

Thanks Sunita.

Hi Simon,

In the fourth paragraph, how can you tell the pink line is 60-80 less than the other two?

Hi Simon,

Daily spending of business had the highest amount of money.

Is this sentences grammatically right?

Hi Simon,
I cannot distinguish between amount and quantity. I've searched a lot of materials and websites but what I found made me confused. For example, in the book "Visuals - Writing about graphs, tables and diagrams" of Gabi Duigu, task 8, page 20, they write "the amount of GDP, the amount of unemployment, the amount of growth" but they do not write " the quantity of GDP/unemployment/growth".
I would like to know why we have to write like this.
Please help me to clarify these things.
Thank you.

Hi Simon,
In the introduction, it is said that the line graph campares three types of traveller to New Zealand.
Why is it three types of traveller not travellers??
Please let me know of it.
Thank you in advance.

Hi Simon,
As you said, we should compare 3 lines simultaneously, and I can see that you compared all 3 lines for each sentences.
But I wonder about 4 or 5 lines. How can we compare all of them cuz we cannot mention all in each sentence?

Amount Of
The term amount of is used for things you cannot measure, i.e., non-countable nouns. Amount of usually precedes a singular word.

I undertook an inordinate amount of work.
(Work is a non-countable noun. It is singular and cannot be measured or counted.)

She had a certain amount of respect for the sales team, but she always dissented when they spoke at meetings.
(Respect is singular and cannot be measured or counted.)
Quantity Of
The term quantity of is used with singular or plural (but mostly singular) things that you can measure, i.e., countable nouns. It is usually applied to inanimate objects. (Some older grammar references might advocate that quantity of can only precede a singular word; however, this view is now considered outdated.)

I took control of a large quantity of money.
(Money is singular and can be measured or counted.)

The ship was only carrying a large quantity of mangoes.
(Mangoes is plural, and they can be measured or counted.)
(Note: Number of could also be used in this example. In fact, number of is preferable as it is unlikely to be considered incorrect by those who don't like to see quantity of with a plural noun.)

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