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August 10, 2011


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Hi Simon,

What do you think, is there any definite method of writing essay 2?

Thanks & Best Regards

Trying to do according to this suggested method but with two sentences conclusion.
your advice really helps me to reach to my desired destination.
With warm regards

Thanks for your advice . By the way, I hope you are doing well in Manchester at the moment.

Thanks for sharing Simon! I also have the same feeling, and you basically described what I have in mind!

Hi Rocky,

I definitely think that it's a good idea to have a method. I follow the same steps every time I write an essay.


Hi Kanny,

That's fine. If you want to do a 2-sentence conclusion, that's your method.


Thanks Kevin. Everything is fine where I am, but it's sad to see some of the scenes in city centres at the moment.


No problem Martin. It's good to hear that you feel the same.

I wonder if I use "but" in the right way in this sentence , please help me :
_ You should not eat rice but noodle .
( I suggest you to eat noodle )

Hi Simon

I'm giving IELTS exam on 20th August and I'm really worried about writing tasks. Can you tell me the method of writing an essay.

waiting for your reply. Thanks.

Yes, you can say that Kevin.


Hi Jess,

Look through my lessons for task 1 and 2. I've written lessons about introductions, conclusions, main paragraphs etc. All the advice is here.

HI Simon,

I am just wondering the use of adjective which are prime and primary.
There are some examples
1.The study is a primary(or prime)example of the way sociologists collect their data.

2.~a prime(or primary) reason the Dow dove more than
200 points at lunchtime~

3.Starbucks shops are prime(or primary) hunting ground for thieves who prey on customers~

I was always confusing the using of it. Can you explain please sir.

I am looking forward to answering soon.(Oh this sentence is also break the to-infinitive rule as you taught us)

Hi Simon,
Can you tell me how many bands we score if we get 28 marks in reading.

Thanks for replying to my earlier query.
You are really a best advisor.

Hi Jess, I think you get a 6.5 band with that score .

Dear Sir
I will b appearing 4 my IELTS on Saturday 13th Aug 2011. I got to know abt ur website just last Saturday. I thank u 4 al ur indirect support n cooperation. Many of my doubts r cleared n i tried my best. I take u as my GURU (Teacher) n I need blessings from u. I hope my exam goes well.

Sry its (most)and not many of my doubts


Hello Sir,
I want to ask about the essay statement "Do you agree or disagree or disagree"

Example 1: Some people say that the Internet is making the world smaller by bringing people together. To what extent do you agree that the internet is making it easier for people to communicate with one another?

Example 2: Some people think that students who don’t take a break in studies between a high school and a university are at disadvantage compared to students that travel and work after high school before furthering their education. Do you agree or disagree?

My question is : do we need to discuss here both sides of the arguments and then find a conclusion (agreement / disagreement)?


If we agree, we should only write the reason of agreement. And if we disagree, we need only write about points which lead us to disagreement. Please elaborate.


Dear Simon,
"hit or miss" and "hit and hope" are the same?

Hi Don,

It's a good question because both words can mean "main". I don't think you can find a grammar rule that explains which one you should use - native speakers instinctively know which word is best depending on the other words around it (this is what 'collocation' is all about).

I'd probably use 'prime example' and 'prime hunting ground' but 'primary reason', but both words are possible. Try searching for these phrases on Google (put the words between speech marks e.g. "prime example") and compare the number of results and the different examples you find.


Hi Jess,

Look at this:



Good luck Vaishu!


Hi Khan,

You don't need to discuss both sides. It is often much easier to have a strong opinion and support it with reasons (e.g. 2 main reasons = 2 main paragraphs).


Hi Miray,

They are a bit different.

hit and miss = something that is always random
hit and hope = you try something and hope for the best (but this phrases implies that some people don't need to rely on luck to do well)

Good morning Simon, what do you think about my conclusion for this topic ?

Writing task 2 : In some countries, people who commit less serious crimes are made to undertake community service instead of a prison sentence. Some people believe that all people who have committed a crime should be sent to prison.

Do you agree or disagree?

Here is my conclusion:

To conclude, our society needs a radical treatment for crime which is done by sentencing rationally and dependently on the scale of justice and love. Thus, the world will become a better place.

Thank you for your kind answer. I am always learning through this lovely page.
Thanks again.

Hi Kevin,

Your conclusion should answer the question more clearly. I'm not sure whether you think criminals should go to prison or do community service.


No problem Don.

Hi Wonderful Simon
Hi every body
I would like share u the TASK 2 TITLE of 13th August in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
It was generally about ' SPACE TRAVEL' and how that make a little differences in some people's life

Good Luck

hi simon thank you a wonderful website

Thanks Sumu and Johnson!

Mr. Simon u deserve thank not me
i suggest a category for recent TASK 2 TOPICS
Thank u Mr.Simon

Thank you,Simon.I have a test this weekend so I have to study much harder!!

hi sir ... can i use this format

The money given to help poor countries does not solve the problem of poverty, so rich countries should give other types of help instead.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

body 1 accept that financial aid is good idea + refute
body 2 some good ways of helping poor countries

it this format good

Hi Sumu,

I'm trying to use recent questions for my task 2 lessons as often as possible. You can find recent questions that students have shared here:



Hi Johnson,

Your 'body 1' is a bit confusing - just use that paragraph to explain why financial aid is a bad idea.

'Body 2' is good.

i have write well in ielts task 1 but in task 2 all is well except i just touch the 'in conclusion to write' and time is out.so i cant write conclusion part xecept the word "in conlcusion" only.how much marks is deducted and other introduction part n body part is well.please tell how it is calculate if such happen?

Hi Simon I am new here I just need to get 6 each in ielts what should I need to do ???

Hi Simon,
I'm going to attend the IELTS exam on 21st November, I'm very very difficult in writing module (Task 1 & 2), pls suggest or guide me how to become confident to get Band score-7.
and if possible can you send some tricks and tips
Waiting for your reply.Thanking you.

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