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June 02, 2011


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Thabk you Simon, I have;ve learnt a lot regarding the varying usage of the comparison linking words like..
By contrast,
, whereas
, while
By the way, kindly give us some lessons about 'article' as I am always struggling what/when to use them.
TQ again

Hi Simon,
Would you please let me know that in this sentence 'The most noticeable difference between houses designed for cool and warm climates is in the shape of the roof'.
whether'houses designed' has been 'houses which are designed) and you just remove adjective clause? because the main verb is 'is' or designed is adj? and when can we remove adjective clause?

Hi Sankalay,

Unfortunately, articles are one of the most difficult things to learn. Grammar books often take several pages to explain all of the different uses of articles, and every student I know has problems with them.

I'll see if I can explain one or two key things in a future lesson, but I won't be able to solve all article problems.


Hi Marzi,

Yes, I've removed "that/which are". You probably need to read about this in detail in a grammar book if you want to understand exactly how and when you can do it. Well noticed!

Dear Simon
I just find out about your website.I am also student of ILETS .I had few listening exercises from your site .It was really interesting to learn and improve English with the help of your guidance.

I would also love to get feedback from your comments.


Thank you Simon. to be honest, I do not have enough time to go through details at the moment, as I am going to sit the exam next Saturday (11th)! I am just wondering if I can just leave them "that/which are", for example, in my writing?I mean not cut them short?

Good morning Simon,
I would like to ask you about hometown topic.
Should we talk about the city we live in or the area in the city we live in when we describe our hometown?

Thank you SImon, I am looking forward to your further lessons of articles.

Hi Rabia,

I'm glad you found the site, and hope you enjoy following the daily lessons.


Hi Marzi,

Yes, I should have said: if you're not sure, just leave "that/which are" in the sentence. It's fine both ways.


Hi Alice,

It doesn't really matter. Describe whatever is easiest for you.


No problem Sankalay. By the way, have a look in any grammar book to see what they say about articles too.


Hello Simon
Could you please tell me which one is better?
(The designs also differ WITH REGARD TO the windows) or (The designs also differ IN TERMS OF the windows).
Thank you

Hi Ali,

Both are equally good!

Hi Simon,

1. Could i use "designing house" in this sentence "The diagrams describe the information for designing house in cool and hot weathers."?
2. "While the principle for cool-weather house almost refers to an insulation layer and building material, building in warm climate focuses on reflecting material and window." Could i use "principle", "refer to" and "focus on" in this paragraph?

Thank you very much for your help.

Hi UT,

1. You need to write "designing a house" or designing houses".

2. "almost refers to" is strange/wrong in that sentence, but the rest is ok.

Hi Simon,

Thank you very much for your comment.
With the sentence in question 2, if i write "While the cool-weather house is designed with emphases on an insulation layer and building material", is it right?

Hi UT,

That's fine. Write "with an emphasis" or "with the emphasis".

I find the writing section is the most difficult section on the ielts test.
I did ielts twice and I got 5.5 in the writing in both tests.
I couldn't discover where is the secret behind getting high score in this section.

Hi Simon,
Your work is really appreciated. your help is huge!
Thanks a lot

Hi Simon,
In your full written essay, you wrote " cool climate house", while UT wrote " cool-weather house"?
Would you please clarify which one is correct?

Diagram need conslision or not?

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