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Wednesday, May 16, 2018


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Hi, Simon.
First, thank you very much for helping with my writing.
I mean no offence, but I have to inform you that usually the word counts of most of your essays are wrong. However, your essays are perfect.

dress code that was speaking part 2 last year

Lucy Chan,

They way you said the word counts of Simon's essays are wrong is really frustrating. Could you please give us some example?
However, what do you know about Simon? For your kind information he is an ex-IELTS examiner. I have doubt in your word count but not in Simon's count.

Hi, Sir
I have few questions and i wanna ask you one of them. If we got lower bands in our test and after that if we will do exam again. Is it possible to get accumulating result I mean, I heard from someone as examiners give marks to check up our previous performance. Although it's my main anxiety due to which I don't fill my next exam.

@ Puneet cheema

I think that the examiner who marks your writing neither knows your name, nor has any access to information about your previous results.

Occasionally it happens that you get the same speaking examiner quite by chance, but again, it is unlikely they would remember you, or your previous score.

Yeah might be. But, I was not sure for that as I wrote I heard. Fortunately now I really realise and I will try again without any hesitation and anxity

Thank you @gabi

Puneet Cheema

1. Writing examiners have no details about you, or any previous scores.
2. Speaking examiners are not supposed to examine candidates they have examined before, unless they genuinely have no memory of having examined them before.

Lucy Chan,

I don't do the word count manually - my computer does it. Maybe you are using a different word processor. It's certainly strange that you are getting a different word count!

I could not understand the conclusion...
Please describe it for me

Good day to all, i wrote an essay for writing task 2 which is irrelevant to your topic here.
i just want to have your corrections if you don't mind me posting here a different topic.
Please and thank you.
I need your help.

"More and more people are migrating to cities in search of a better life, but city life can be extremely difficult.Explain some of the difficulties of living in a city.How can government make urban life better for everyone?"

My essay goes this way:

People's belief and point of view differ in every situation.Sometimes the decision you make that you think is right might be the wrong thing for others.

Having to move to the city in search of better life is a major decision to make. As we all know that city life can be extremely difficult.Firstly,because the city is crowded different people from different places are coming with different reasons. and in terms of opportunity there is a big competition, one example is in the field of Information technology
companies now who are in search of IT professionals are strictly? choosing the applicant with more experience rather than newly graduates.Secondly The air pollution brought by car engines and factories that emits harmful gasses like carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide which is harmful to human body.Finally, the cost of living in the city is more expensive,everything you have to buy and pay just like your basic needs, foods, water and electricity and house which is unfavourable to those who have less income, labourers and job seekers.

In spite of the aforementioned drawbacks of urban life, government has the capability to improve and make it better for everyone by providing different opportunities to accommodate the huge number of professionals in different areas, opening new projects such as telecommunication companies, medical companies, and food and beverage related companies.And also to lessen the air pollution, using diesel oil rather than gasoline oil and tree planting in open land can also help lessen the air pollution.

In conclusion,whatever the difficulties an urban life can could bring it is still up to you how you deal and cope up with it.until you find the better life you you're searching for.

I thank you in advance for your corrections..


Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to:

1) Google "run-on sentence" and "comma-splice", and then find, identify, and correct three sentences in your own submission with this type of error.

2) Use google books or ngrams to check out the following phrases:
"People's belief and point of view differ"

For example:

3) Rewrite without using "you" to generalize (which is considered informal).

4) Google the difference between a main clause and a subordinate clause in English, and identify and correct four serious structural errors in your second paragraph, and the last sentence of your third paragraph, and also in the conclusion.

There are basic syntax and structural errors in almost all your sentences, so it is important to do some grammar research and fix this issue.

Please any one clarify this essay topic.

I think that it should describe more on quality of work too because they have mentioned that employer no need to worry on clad if they satisfied of their quality of work.

I am so much confusing. please help.

@ gabi
thank you.
what else should i do? or i mean to avoid? in writing essay?

please see this introduction, as I'am taking step by step to master writing. Thanks in advance.


Many say that employers should not wear specific dresses as the end product of the work is more important than their clothes. in my opinion, I do not agree with that idea because dress codes show level of professionalism and identifies certain roles.

Simon, I have developed two ways of concession and refutation which needs your assessment. Thanks in advance.
The topic is: Is watching TV positive or negative?

Admittedly, a minority of individuals tend to believe that watching TV programs inevitably has several drawbacks, one of which is detrimental influence on kids' academic studying because long-time watching TV programs, especially those soap operas, will easily lead to students’ addiction to the plot development. In this way, children’s attention will not be fully paid to academic courses in school. However, those people have oversimplified the real situations as some effective measures have been taken by parents such as taking a strict control of time that is spent in watching TV. Therefore, watching TV will not cause serious problem to children’s school learning.

Admittedly, a minority of people tend to believe that watching TV will have obvious merits, one of which is the opportunity to achieve abundant up-to-date information and knowledge because various TV programs contain a wide range of fields such as economy, culture and entertainment. However, if we can view such a situation from a different perspective, we can find that those people oversimplified the real situations. For example, violence and pornography are frequently shown on TV screens, which will certainly misguide children. Therefore, the provision of a sea of information will not be justified.




Note that "dress", when countable, only refers to women's clothing, so in the plural it must only be about women's stuff.

This means that your phrase "employers should not wear specific dresses" means the business owners should not wear women's clothing. Not sure if this is what you intended.

"In my opinion" is superfluous, as you already have "I agree".

"level of " : the noun is singular and countable so needs an article.

Check subject/verb agreement: codes/show codes/identify

@Lucy Chan

"Kids" is not suitable for an IELTS essay: use "children" instead.

The natural verb collocation is "have an influence on".

"long-time watching TV programs" -> continually watching TV programs OR watching TV programs...will in the long run ...

"serious problem" : the noun is singular and countable and so needs an article.

"if we can view "..." we can find "

So it should be some thing like this.

Many say that employers should not wear specific uniforms as the end product of the work is more important than their clothes. I, however, do not agree with that idea because dress codes show professionalism and identifies certain roles.


If you work for me, I am your employer (and boss/business owner), but you are my employee (a worker).

There are quite a number of words like this.


"Many": really? do you have any evidence to support that?

codes-show, codes - identify

Really???? Are we suppose to prove if “many people” believe some idea ???. Is it English essay or some statistics im confused.

Please tell me the exact way to write Simon I am still confusing

My teacher told me that everytime you need to write in such way
1) topic sentence
2) reason
3) explanation
4) result

Next you have to mention two reasons in introduction which you will explain afterwards

Tell me what do I need to do


There is no "one best way" to deal with a Task 2 question, (apart from doing what the question asks and answering it properly). So different teachers have slightly different approaches and terminology. What you have been told roughly corresponds to Simon's "idea, explain, example" approach, although the wording and emphasis are different.

Many teachers emphasize the "topic sentence", perhaps more than Simon does. On the other hand, Simon emphasizes finding appropriate examples more, perhaps because the instructions usually read: "include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience".

Checkout the links below:





As to mentioning two reasons in the introduction, the model answer below, provided by the British Council themselves, does no such thing, so it is not essential.


The rationale is that an IELTS essay is so short that it is better to have a shorter introduction (and conclusion) and allocate more time, effort, and words to supporting and extending your ideas in the body paragraphs, as this is one of the main criteria mentioned for Band 7 and 8.

All that really matters is that you have a sound framework in your head to help you put forward your ideas across in a logical sequence and with a clear progression throughout the essay.

BTW you are not "confusing", you are confused. It is the different instructions that are confusing you.


Can I add phrases and idioms in task 2 in order to make it more impressive





Band 9 states "uses a wide range of vocabulary with very natural and
sophisticated control of lexical features". Most of the time if a phrase is found in google books it is suitable for IELTS. If the dictionary marks a phrase as informal then it is not suitable. The tricky part is to find a "natural" phrase as this may not correspond to a word-by-word translation from your own language.

It is often better to aim for clear and concise rather than impressive (which often degenerates into sticking in phrases willy-nilly). An good phrase in the wrong context may serve only to convince the examiner that you really do not know your stuff, do not understand the nuances, and definitely do not merit a high score for vocabulary. A well-used phrase in the right context is fine, but stick within your knowledge limits.

Ok thankyou.

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