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June 06, 2018


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I thought that "certainly" in the phrase "it is certainly true that ..." could, in the right context, suggest some form of concession. For example: it is certainly true that some adverbs are redundant, but equally there are occasions when ...

Can't find this usage in any online dictionary.

Hi Khandi,

It still works if you remove "certainly" from your example. "It is true that" can be followed by a concession.

Remember: the people who avoid this kind of adverb are trying to write in a certain "style" (clear, concise, minimalist, with no unnecessary words).

I'm not saying that it's wrong to use adverbs. Besides, they sometimes change the meaning in a big way.

Welcome back Simon.

Thank you for your suggestion regarding the alternative use of adverbs. It is a nice, interesting and easy approach to bring variety in the writing.

Hi Simon.

Welcome come back to normal life, Simon;) Hope you had a wonderful time.

It seems to me that we have to use an adverb in Writing Task1 more than a Task2 essay. IELTS Writing Task 1 requires us to describe more details in a graph and to use adverbs is the best way to indicate small details. In comparison with Task2, we have to keep an essay in a simple form with good vocabularies which means it is essential to eliminate unnecessary words as much as possible.

Thanks Ahmed and Tae.


Exactly right Tae! I've just published a lesson about using adverbs in writing task 1.


I have nothing to say other than, you are a role model Simon. Keep it up.

Thanks David!

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