Hi Liz, I am bothered by my teacher’s claim that INVERSION is considered informal and should not be used in IELTS writing but only in speaking. Is it right?
Example: Hardly had the president entered the room when his supporters screamed.
The speaking test is informal and the writing test is formal. The type of grammar you use will depend on what you are trying to say and the ideas you have. You will be marked on your selection of the right grammar forms in the right context. It is not so simple as “use X in writing and Y in speaking”.
Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful post, does this rule applies to the General writing as well? Thanks for your valuable advice.
No, the examiner knows it isn’t your English and that you learned it in order to put it in your essay – in nearly all and every essay. It’s used by so many students around the world. Don’t use it. You don’t need it.
The word “controversial” is fine to use when the issue truly is controversial, such as abortion or the death penalty. However, the majority of IELTS writing task 2 and speaking topics are not controversial. This is about using vocabulary appropriately and avoiding learning phrases.
HI LIZ .
1-Can I write in the second paragraph (no one can deny that _something general but related to the essay topic- )??
2-can I write : everything has to sides and the ….. is not an exemption
3- can I write :initially, there is an urgent need to shed the spotlight on this topic which is ……
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This sentence is poor because it is used for the thesis statement but contains no main points. It is a memorised sentence of 15 words. It only repeats the instructions but adds no information to the essay. Try to avoid using such sentences and just present your answer clearly. Another similar sentence is “I shall put forth my arguments to support my views in the following paragraphs” which should also be avoided. Don’t forget that while these sentences might be fine for a usual academic essay, they are not appropriate for an English language test.
This is overused in introductions. Most essay questions are about current issues so you don’t need to put in a time frame unless it is about an issue in the past compared to the present. “Since the dawn of time…” is not a relevant statement for most IELTS issues and should be avoided. Some students also use “Nowadays” to start their essay. Again this is overused. Try to avoid these phrases and just paraphrase the information given by IELTS.
This is a sentence which is used too often. It would be better to write “The most important aspect…” or “One of the key issues is…” as they are more natural to use in writing.
IELTS writing task 2 is an academic essay but it is also a test of your English language. You can’t cheat by learning sentences and writing them in your essay. The examiner is trained to spot sentences which are not typical of your level of English.
The examples you give in IELTS writing task 2 do not need to come from published sources or known research. They can just be an example of a situation: “For instance, the majority of working people do not …” Avoid learning opening phrases to common sentences.
Many students use this idiom to start their conclusion. It is informal and not appriopriate to use in IELTS essay writing. To learn , follow the link.