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May 05, 2011


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It is very useful.
Thank you, Simon.

Thank you so much, Simon.

Can we use "at" in the middle of the sentence?
e.g.Unemployment reached at its highest level at 10% in 2008.

This is really helpful to all beginners in writing their essay works.

Thanks, Simon.


This is a very informative piece. I guess this is one of the major mistakes committed by IELTS examinees since there is a similarity of its use. But then they have to be reminded that to, by, with, and at should be used properly.

Thank you.

Day by day, I feel that you are a great teacher. You know what the candidates need. Thanks.

Thanks for all your positive feedback. I'm glad you found this lesson useful.


Hi Alice,

Just delete the "at" after "reached". The rest of the sentence is fine.

useful lesson!!!

Hi Simon
Could you please give us a model answer for this question?
I realy confused how to start the main paragraphs…

FEMALE MEMBERS 35% 35% 30%
MALE MEMBERS 55% 40% 5%
FEMALE MEMBERS 64% 22% 14%
MALE MEMBERS 63% 27% 10%
MALE MEMBERS 44% 19% 37%


sorry, it was a table but it didn't appear as it was.

Hi Mohd,

You just need to compare the percentages. For example:

The table shows that 35% of women were very satisfied with the range of activities, whereas 55% of men were very satisfied. On the other hand, 30% of females were not happy with the range of activities, but the figure for unhappy males was much lower, at only 5%.

I'm afraid I can't write the whole essay at the moment, but maybe I'll use it in a future lesson.

thank you very much Simon
this is too enough for me to complete the rest of the essay. I was confused how to start the main paragraph. thanks a lot.

No problem Mohd.

Hi Simon
I wonder if there is any difference between `fell by 2%ˊ, `fell by 2 percentage pointsˊand `fell by 2 per centˊ


Hi Mavis,

There's no difference. You can use either, but I tend to use the first one for speed.

Hi Simon,

I want to express my great thanks to you. I am very grateful that you help us in this way. Following your lessons help me so much that you can not imagine. Again I want to express my gratitude to you. My exam will be in September, and I think your site will helb me so.

Hi Simon,
I confuse with these words all the time. This lesson is very heplful. Thank u so much.

Dear Simon,
I have been following you for a long period. I really appreciate for all your help to the students. Although I still haven't reached my targeted ielts score, I have learnt a lot from your website. You are a great teacher. Thank you.

Hi Simon,
I am still confused with the preporsition "at" and "with". According to your essay, "at" is used to add the number on the end of a sentence. However, I saw a sentence from an IELTS model answer to task 1 writing:

"However, those consisting of only one parent or a single adult had almost double this proportion of poor people, WITH 21% and 19% respectively."

As you can see, it uses "with" on the end of the sentence. Why? Can I change it into "at" in this sentence?

Dear Simon, can you reply to the question of joshua above? I have the same question.
Thank you


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