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Do you want to go from a good band score to a better band score? Of course you do! This blog will look at a few ways you can improve your band score in grammar. Examiners will be looking for a good 'grammatical range and accuracy'. This means using a wide variety of grammar structures and using them correctly.    Listening Practice: Listen to Liz read how to get a better score for grammar     Are you ready to begin?  Here are the instructions: First, I’ll start by giving you a good sentence.  Then I’ll give you a word in bold.  You must use the word in bold in the second sentence.  The second sentence must have exactly the same meaning as the first.  Here is an example to get you started: (Click to enlarge) Both sentences have exactly the same meaning but the second sentence has used a wider range of grammar – not as good as / spoken English / written English (these last two are both grammar and vocabulary). Here are some more for you to practise with. I’ve also given you the first words in the second sentence to give you a bit more help.  Grammar points for each sentence: 1. the passive voice, 2. changing verb to nouns / adjective + noun, 3. not only … but also, 4. prefer + to / + ing, 5. modals in the past. (Click to enlarge) You can find the answers to these exercises below. Answer sheet download I hope this blog has helped you to see how you can make a good sentence even better by using a wider range of grammar structures. This will help you improve your band score for grammar not only in the Speaking test, but also in the Writing test.   I hope you have found this useful, we’ll be covering more grammar in later blogs so please come back for more.  Liz

Liz Marqueiro

7 July, 2020

How to get a better score for grammar

How to get a better score for grammar

Do you want to go from a good band score to a better band score? Of course you do! This blog will look at a few ways you can improve your band score in grammar. Examiners will be looking for a good 'grammatical range and accuracy'. This means using a wide variety of grammar structures and using them correctly.

 

Listening Icon Listening Practice: Listen to Liz read how to get a better score for grammar

 

 

Are you ready to begin? 

Here are the instructions:

  1. First, I’ll start by giving you a good sentence. 
  2. Then I’ll give you a word in bold. 
  3. You must use the word in bold in the second sentence. 
  4. The second sentence must have exactly the same meaning as the first. 

Here is an example to get you started:

Grammar Example

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Both sentences have exactly the same meaning but the second sentence has used a wider range of grammar – not as good as / spoken English / written English (these last two are both grammar and vocabulary).

Here are some more for you to practise with. I’ve also given you the first words in the second sentence to give you a bit more help. 

Grammar points for each sentence: 1. the passive voice, 2. changing verb to nouns / adjective + noun, 3. not only … but also, 4. prefer + to / + ing, 5. modals in the past.

IELTS Writing Grammar Activity

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You can find the answers to these exercises below.

Answer Sheet

Answer sheet download

I hope this blog has helped you to see how you can make a good sentence even better by using a wider range of grammar structures. This will help you improve your band score for grammar not only in the Speaking test, but also in the Writing test.  

I hope you have found this useful, we’ll be covering more grammar in later blogs so please come back for more. 

Liz

Grammar for IELTS used by Liz

Liz Marqueiro

Liz has been teaching IELTS around the world for over 25 years.

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