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Grammar Essentials: What is the passive voice?

Have you heard the words 'active' and 'passive' used to talk about verbs in English? Do you know what they mean? These are not tenses, they are voices. Put simply, the active voice shows what something does while the passive voice shows what happens to something. Today we will look at the structure of the passive, why we use it and when you might need it in IELTS.  


Emma Cosgrave

25 May, 2020

IELTS Speaking Game: Don't Say It!

When you're speaking in English, do you sometimes find that halfway through a sentence you can't remember the word you want? Or do you find yourself talking about something and realise that you don't actually know the word you need in English? Don't worry – it's not just you – it's a very common problem.


Liz Marqueiro

17 April, 2020

How to reach band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing Task 2

Whether you're new to IELTS General Training or have taken the test before, it's really important to understand the types of questions you're asked and how you’ll be assessed before jumping in and taking a test. So, if you need a band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing, here are two steps you need to take before you do anything else: Become familiar with the different types of IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 Learn how the exam


Pete Jones

27 April, 2020

Episode 9: How to manage IELTS test anxiety

In this first episode of our second series, IELTS expert Pete Jones shares some tips on how to reduce any anxiety you might have regarding the IELTS test to help you make the most of your preparation time and perform better in the test.

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IELTS Writing: When to use the comma

Our research into common mistakes shows that many IELTS test takers forget to use a comma with linking words like 'firstly' and 'for example' in the IELTS Writing test. Find out how to use it correctly with IELTS expert, Pete Jones.

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IELTS Vocabulary: How to talk about time and money

This video features a common mistake made by IELTS test takers when talking about the important topics of time and money. Let IELTS expert, Pete Jones, show you how to avoid this common mistake.

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