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April 07, 2012


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Dear Simon,

I am utterly confused about what is being count in writing. Particularly I would like to ask if it is better to use noun clauses, relative clauses, as well as complex sentences or write more readable essays?
does readable essay means using more simple sentences?
thank you very much.

can i say : I had my exam Yesterday or i did my exam yestarday?
thanks in advance

Is it correct for a teacher say "I gave a test to my students yesterday"?

Hi Ali,

My advice is: forget about types of sentence construction, and focus on answering the question well, using good ideas and vocabulary. Look through my essays here on the site to see how I do it.


Hi Luna,

Both are correct!


Hi Noel,

Yes, exactly.

Is it correct to say, "I wrote IELTS exam 2 days back?"

Hi Bhupen,

I'd write "I took the IELTS exam 2 days ago" ("2 days back" is ok).

Hi Simon,

Could you possibly write about the differences between compared to, compared with, in comparison with, in comparison to and in comparison?

I am a bit confused, and I am currently revising for my IELTs exam.

PS. this website is very helpful, it was recommended by my teacher, and she said that many of your tips and the way you express it are exactly the same as her way of teaching~ so even my teacher is a great fan of yours!


Hi Jasmine,

They all mean the same thing, and they can be used in the same contexts, so you don't need to worry!

I'm glad you like the site. Please thank your teacher for me!

Dear Mr Simon,

May i use " to sit an exam/test" in stead of "to take an exam "

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