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I've seen many many English-teaching websites and the majority claming that they are running by native experts, but none of them would provide you with easy and high-quality materials as this page do. Moreover, it seems to me that some pages making it even more difficult for students to learn. Recently, I'v come across a tutor who suggest that if you are aiming for band 7+ in writing, you would need to write at least 540 words !!!!!@.
Thanks alot sir Simon for such wounderful website.

Could any one help to figure out to which part of the chart this sentence refer to ?
....each of the years shown on the chart, close to 60% of people in the US ate in fast food restaurants between once and four times a month

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Sharie

If you add together the middle two columns, you get close to 60%.

Mr Simon

"between one and four times a month" seems more common.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=between+once+and+four+times%2Cbetween+one+and+four+times&case_insensitive=on&year_start=1960&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cbetween%20one%20and%20four%20times%3B%2Cc0

https://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&tbm=bks&q=%22between+once+and+four+times+a%22&num=10

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22between+one+and+four+times+per+%22&tbm=bks&ei=RgebW_GzC8WM8wWG3bK4BA&start=10&sa=N&biw=1264&bih=954&dpr=1

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&ei=LgebW6j-AsGP8wXeoLKQAg&q=%22between+one+and+four+times+a%22&oq=%22between+one+and+four+times+a%22&gs_l=psy-ab.3...39765.40620.0.41253.6.6.0.0.0.0.243.662.0j1j2.3.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..5.0.0....0.d9dI76EFYaI

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&ei=-QabW5W_HMHO8wWrg764Dg&q=%22between+once+and+four+times+per+%22&oq=%22between+once+and+four+times+per+%22&gs_l=psy-ab.3...107756.108162.0.108851.4.4.0.0.0.0.190.190.0j1.1.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..3.0.0....0.-wnW8zQSm2o

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Ask for help.
It seems that Simon left "A few times a year" category out?

FROM SIMON:

First, here are the answers:

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Sharie,

Thanks for your positive comment about the quality of my lessons!

Khe answered your question about the 60% figure - I was adding the two middle columns. If you do this for any of the three years, the total is around 60%.

My reason for choosing to add the two middle columns was that I wanted to give a figure that supported the statement I had made in the first sentence of my overview (the majority... between once a week and once a month).

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Khe,

Yes, I'm sure it's more common to write "between one and four times". I almost wrote this myself, and it's probably what I would say and write normally.

However, both ways are fine, and I chose "once" because I thought it would help me to avoid any grammar questions. I imagined that someone would ask me why I put "one" and "times" (singular and plural) together.

As "once" means "one time", I'm really saying "between one time and four times" (i.e. I'm separating singular and plural). "Between one and four times" is common because it seems to flow better, but I suppose it does contain a little imperfection from a grammar perspective.

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Claire,

Yes, I did miss that category out. I just didn't have time to include it, and I don't think it contains any key information.

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Hi,Simon. I'm confused for a long time. Generally speaking, is there any information we can't leave out? And what kind of information can we decide whether or not to write about by ourselves?
THANKS

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Yang

Band 8: presents, highlights and illustrates key features ... clearly and appropriately.

Band 6: presents and adequately highlights key features ... but details may be ... inappropriate or inaccurate.

The implication is that details must be accurate, and should support the key features outlined in the overview, as a minimum. There is no specific requirement to mention every single figure. On some charts there is so much information that the only way is to group detail together.

As a rule of thumb, try to mention each category once, but do not overrun twenty minutes as Task 2 counts for twice the marks.

1. which
2. towards
3. close
4. reported
5. end
6. fell
7. increase
8. common

Simon, thank you a lot.

Thanks a lot for this lesson. I wanted to know if we can use the similar pattern of "frequency with which" to express other measurements also. For example:

...the amount of the dollars with which Americans earned each year.

Rad
-> the amount of the dollars with which Americans earned each year

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