Once you know the different types of sentences, you should practice using them. The most difficult one is the compound-complex sentence, but even if you don’t know that, you can still get a good score with a mix of simple, compound, and complex sentences. The key is varying the length and type of sentence so it sounds natural. Look at this example:
Firstly, children watch too much TV. It’s bad for their health. It can make them addicted. They will spend too much time indoors. This can make them fat.
The sentences are all short and could easily be mixed together into more interesting patterns
Firstly, children watch too much TV, which is bad for their health. This habit can cause them to become addicted, resulting in them spending too much time indoors and thus getting fat.
Students preparing for the IELTS exam always want to study lots of vocabulary. This is understandable as vocabulary is important for understanding and making yourself understood. However, knowing a word’s meaning is very different from being able to use it. Learn a word in context and you will be able to apply it more easily. When you are learning vocabulary, pay attention to what words commonly go together.
Verb + thought:
Spare a thought for 想到，替……考虑
Spare a thought for all those who are homeless on a cold night like this.
Hear ones thought 倾听……的主意
Have you given the new proposal any thought yet? We’re keen to hear your thought
The thought just occurs to me that it’s mum’s birthday tomorrow and we haven’t got her a card.
Gather one’s thought 理理思路
The President was taken aback by the question and took a minute to gather his thoughts.
Noun + preposition + thought:
great deal of thought 许多考虑
Shirley doesn’t devote a great deal of thought to her appearance.
school of thought思维派系
One school of thought contends that modern man originated in Central Africa.
train of thought 思路，思绪
Sorry, where was I? I’ve lost my train of thought.
雅思写作进步防止运用really, so, a lot, very等口语化词
In IELTS writing, you need to write an essay, using “academic” language. So your goal should be to be reasonably formal/academic. To do so, you should not use imprecise language like really, so, a lot, very, etc
在雅思写作中，你需求运用学术语言，你的目标是正式和学术，所以你不要运用较为口语化的really, so , a lot and very.
Many IELTS candidates think that achieving Band 8.0 in IELTS is very hard.
==> Use a stronger word: Many IELTS candidates think that achieving Band 8.0 in IELTS is difficult
Very good ==> top-notch, splendid, terrific, excellent, magnificent, fabulous, outstanding, etc
Very bad ==> horrible, terrible, outrageous, distressing, awful, etc
Very delicious ==> appetizing, delectable, flavorful, scrumptious, enjoyable, palatable, etc
Robot-driven car is really controversial
==> Robot-driven car is controversial
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==> Many/A great number of/ A multitude of IELTS learners……
It’s better to write out the words like:
Don’t ==> do not;Can’t ==> cannot;Mustn’t ==> must not;Couldn’t ==> could not
Wouldn’t ==> would not;Isn’t ==> is not;Haven’t ==> have not;Hasn’t ==> has not
雅思写作防止运用There is/ There are
When you write, try to write your ideas in a clear & concise way. There is/there are is extra words that are not needed. So just leave them out to make your sentences stronger and straight to the point.
There are many issues that students have to face at university
==> Students face a multitude of issues at university
It’s really important that you know the difference between a simple sentence and a complex sentence. You don’t need to know the terminology, but it is important that you can form full sentences. Knowing the sentence types means being able to avoid these cardinal sins of writing:
雅思写作常见过错1. SENTENCE FRAGMENTS:句不成句
This is the most common grammar error IELTS students make. A sentence fragment cannot be a sentence by itself. It does not even have one independent clause.
Remember: a simple sentence is an independent clause, which requires 3 things:
1. A subject
2. A verb
3. A complete thought
Sometimes it seems to be a sentence, but if we examine it closely it lacks the necessary parts and thus cannot stand alone.
Ø The doctor worked round the clock. Operating on the boy.
Ø As India has entered the WTO. The local entrepreneurs are faced with both challenges and opportunities.
Ø The doctor worked around the clock, operating on the boy.
Ø As India has entered the WTO, the local entrepreneurs are faced with both challenges and opportunities.
雅思写作常见过错2. RUN-ON SENTENCES:粘连句
A run-on sentence consists of two or more main clauses that are joined together without proper punctuation (comma, semi-colon, period, etc). We often speak in run-on sentences but our pauses indicate meaning; however, when we write we need to use punctuation to break up our sentences and impart proper meaning.
Comma splices occur when two independent clauses are joined by a comma. Remember: a comma is not strong enough to join these clauses itself! You need a conjunctive coordinator to complement it, or else use a semi-colon and a conjunctive adverb.
Most importantly, to do well in the IELTS writing you don’t need to be a punctuation expert. Just knowing commas and periods is usually sufficient for a good grade.