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March 26, 2017


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Dear Teacher Simon,
I have a question
I am quite confused between: "the other two types" and "the two other types". I don't know which is correct or if they are both correct, do they have different meaning?

"The tables show the amount of money spent on coffee and bananas in two separate years in the UK, Denmark and Sweden"
"The table compares the amounts of waste that were produced in 6 countries in 1980, 1990 and 2000"
(I take these sentences from 2 of your Task 1 essays)
I don't know why we use amount (without s) in the first sentence but in the second one, we must use amounts (with s)

Yesterday i did my exam , writing task 2 was mentioned by simon before:

Many criminals re-offend after they have been punished. Why do some people continue to commit crimes after they have been punished, and what measures can be taken to tackle this problem?

Hi Simon! I wrote my IELTS (academic module) exam yesterday. The task 2 writing was about
are criminals released from jail after serving their sentence are safe to live in society as they are soon rearrested for committing the same crime again. What is your opinion and suggest suitable solutions for the problem. Due to lack of time, I was able to write only one sentence in conclusion.But the sentence was complete in meaning and summarizing what I wrote main two body paragraphs. Will it negatively impact my scores because of extremely short conclusion?

The writing task 2 was about the crime
The crimals commit crime again when they leave the prison
Why and solutions
Task 1 was about internet usage by adult men and women

Hi Anh,

"the other two types" and "the two other types" are both correct.

Regarding 'amount / amounts', I wouldn't worry too much. In both of the examples that you found, I could have used either singular or plural and it would have been fine. This is why I'm not very consistent in my usage of that word!


Lana, J Sams, Avtar,

You were lucky to get a question that we have already covered! I hope you did well.

J Sams,

Don't worry. A short, one-sentence conclusion is what I always recommend anyway!

Thank you so much, Teacher Simon. It really bothered me a lot, I looked it up in many books and on the Internet but I couldn't figure it out. Now, I am clear, so thank you a lot <3 <3

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