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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?
Thanks
Sadia

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?

Thanks

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!
thanks.

Siqi

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=*+have+a+busy+schedule%2C*+have+busy+schedules&year_start=1950&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t2%3B%2C%2A%20have%20a%20busy%20schedule%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Byou%20have%20a%20busy%20schedule%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BI%20have%20a%20busy%20schedule%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BWe%20have%20a%20busy%20schedule%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Boften%20have%20a%20busy%20schedule%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bwe%20have%20a%20busy%20schedule%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BYou%20have%20a%20busy%20schedule%3B%2Cc0%3B.t2%3B%2C%2A%20have%20busy%20schedules%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bwho%20have%20busy%20schedules%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Ball%20have%20busy%20schedules%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpeople%20have%20busy%20schedules%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bboth%20have%20busy%20schedules%3B%2Cc0

https://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&tbm=bks&q=%22they+have+a+busy+schedule%22&num=10

https://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&tbm=bks&q=%22they+have+busy+schedules%22&num=10

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.

@zoltan

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?

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22people+have+busy+schedules%22&tbm=bks&ei=9QAGXPOKNZjo8wWDhL7QBg&start=10&sa=N&ved=0ahUKEwiz2Z7hqYXfAhUY9LwKHQOCD2oQ8tMDCFw&biw=1250&bih=958&dpr=1

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