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Saturday, December 01, 2018


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Thank you Simon.
This has always been a question to me whether I can use such structure in an IELTS essay or not.
It is very helpful you always review comments and make a post of it.

So, we should stick to grammar rules in writing in any case but use THEY in speaking as a native.

thank you for this illustration
I think using (he/she) instead of "They" are better in English Writing so we can give the same meaning.

I had a plan for asking the same question since last week when I realized that during talking about any organization or team I was automatically pronouncing "they" instead of "It". However, I was wondered why it was" They". And, now it is almost clear from this post. Thanks a lot, Simon.

Hi Simon
I have a habit of using “You” when I am speaking, for example “suppose you are...” Can I do that in the speaking test?
And the test 5 in W2 in Cambridge 12, I find it very confusing. I tried to write it but I don’t think the task response is right. Would you be able to write a sample answer for that please?

It's unable to access the hyperlink of the above essay. Please correct that.

What about the following: They have a busy schedule OR They have busy schedules?


Hi Simon

What's your idea about this:
First of all, be dominant in the Vocabulary, then going to other skills(especially about Writing)?

please guide me!





So, either is possible. If you are referring to an organization or company with 'they', that is, in effect a singular entity, then I would use the singular. If you are thinking of the individuals, I would use the plural.


Thank you so much. I am thinking of individuals. However, I was not mean to specifically say that each of them have a busy schedule. Just in general, people nowadays have busy schedules. So, I am guessing plural form?


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