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Hi all can I ask you a doubt... When IELTS tests conducted every time.. Is it the same questions of papers appeared world wide? Or does it different to countries/locations???

Great!
Thanks a lot Sir!

Dear simon
HELP!I have no idea about this topic.Pls give me some advice.

describe a situation that others did not tell you the whole truth
What the situation was-
Who was involved
Why they didn’t tell you the whole truth
Explain how you felt when you found out you were not told the whole truth

thx

chen

Dear Simon,

I would like to ask a question regarding the last sentence "follow in the footsteps of my favorite author."

As written in several online dictionaries, they all give example in the form of "follow in sb's footstep" instead of "follow in the footsteps of sb."

I wonder if there's any difference between these two forms. If yes, would you mind telling us when do we use them, respectively?

One of the dictionary I checked is this one, thank you in advance!
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/follow-in-sb-s-footsteps

Hi Eva,

I think it's different in different time zones.

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Hi Chen,

I'll try to use that question in a future lesson.

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Hi Yishu,

You can say both, and the meaning is exactly the same. Try searching for "follow in the footsteps of" on Google (or other search engine) to see more examples.

thank you Simon. i see

Some scientists and Researchers come up with the theories by superficial findings and some of them might prove wrong. Some people believe that people who write thesis or carryout research should be very careful and confirm their findings from relevant sources before drawing their conclusions. Why do you think this method can be dangerous and what steps should be taken to make researchers complete their experiments overtly.
Thank you Sir.

Hi Simon

I answered this topic with simple vocabulary without using these phrases ,so I can't achieve 6.5 or 7 score .
Thanks a lot Simon

Poster Chen, above, has asked this:
Describe a situation that others did not tell you the whole truth

    What the situation was-
    Who was involved
    Why they didn’t tell you the whole truth
    Explain how you felt when you found out you were not told the whole truth.

Not telling the whole truth sounds like lying!
So, if it's difficult to think of a situation in which someone withheld the truth, just talk about being lied to -- it's almost the same thing! You must have been lied to many times, right?
So it'll be easy to come up with a story. Sometimes, if you think too much about what exactly the question is asking, you'll get confused!

That's a very interesting topic, Paul Davey and Chen. I'm sure soon Simon will suggest some ideas on this topic-as he said. Let's wait.

Dear Sir Simon,

I am writing to ask you about the future.
It is written in most grammar books that will is used in lieu of be going to in formal context. In this way, therefore, we would presuppose that in writing task I (formal essay), we should use will instead of be going to in predicting the future trends (To exemplify, http://ielts-simon.com/ielts-help-and-english-pr/2012/03/ielts-writing-task-1-graph-showing-future-years.html)
On the other hand, interestingly, it is stated in Advanced Grammar in Use (Hewings, 2012), provided the present evidence is available, we use be going to instead of will to predict the future, whilst will is used to make a prediction based on our opinion or experience. Writing Task I, thus, is based on present evidence, neither opinion nor experience.
How could I elucidate this ambivalence? What should I use?
Thanks!

Best regards,
Jerren

Dear simon
HELP!I have no idea about this topic.Pls give me some advice.

describe a situation that others did not tell you the whole truth
What the situation was-
Who was involved
Why they didn’t tell you the whole truth
Explain how you felt when you found out you were not told the whole truth
Sevil

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