Idioms are informal and not suitable for writing task 2. So, yes, it would lower your score to use inappropriate language. However, you can use some idiomatic language such as “key to …”
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I wanted to ask you, in order to get high score on writing, what kind of sentences should i use in Writing Task 2. You said complex sentences, passive voice…and what else? Should i use conditionals? Thanks in advance. Look forward
The reasons people don’t get 7 are mainly due to technique and it is very lengthy to explain. I can only suggest you buy one of my writing lessons from my online course to see exactly what you need to do. The lessons are long and detailed:
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Hi Liz I got 6,5 several times in writing my problem is that I need 7 to pass ,What is the magic recipe?
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The idea is not to learn sentences so I won’t give alternatives to memorise. Each sentence should be unique to the essay question and topic.
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You are an angel – thank you so much for helping us to avoid hackneyed phrases!
Will you please advice what will be alternative sentences/phrases can be use instead these mentioned above?
If you are asked to give your opinion, the your whole essay focuses on only that – nothing more. If you are asked to discuss both sides, you must do that. Just follow the instructions.
Dear Liz, thanks for providing such useful tips and tricks ………
I only wanted to ask you.. in writing task two, are we obliged to write a refutation paragraph … if yes in which case …..
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4.) Two ads for similar products that were published (or broadcast) between 25–75 years apart. (Some research required.) Consider shifts in cultural attitudes toward gender, race, romance, politics, consumerism, “success” (whatever that means), . Your assertion should refer to the significant changes or shifts in appeal, effectiveness, audience, and so on.
Regarding the first phrase to avoid, I need to know whether the following format is correct. I started my essay with a general statement and wrote that some people believe that ….and stated the first opinion and wrote that others feel that … and mentioned the second opinion and then for the thesis statement I wrote” in this essay I will discuss both opinions and give mine at the conclusion”. Is my thesis statement correct?
3.) Two different versions of the same film, but be careful not to confuse with . That is, something like (2011) is not another version of (1968, 2001), nor is (2005) or (2012) the same story as (1989). As above, h
2.) The print and movie versions of the same story. (The print version of the story can be a novel, graphic novel, short story, play, and so on). How does the movie adapt, revise, or alter the story, what is changed or left out, and why?
Start learning. Read all tips and information pages, watch the preparation video on my home page and then start doing the practice lessons.
1.) Two television shows; for example, two specific situation comedies, two news broadcasts, two police procedurals, and so on. You may not use or, or television programs about superheroes, nor should you focus on just a single character or figure from each show.