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October 19, 2018


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1. in the downtown
2. ... that I wish I could repeat soon
3. the staff is quite responsible
4. nothing special
5. I visited church

1.I am gonna to tell you...
2.It was a marvellous experience that I wish I could reexperience it soon.
3.At last, I feel that the staff is quite responsible.
4.Initially, everything was ok, not special.
5.That's my first time visiting church.

1. I am GOING to tell you about a book center IN the downtown.
3. at LEAST
4. NOT special

1. I an going to ........ in the down town.
2.............. that I wish I could repeat soon.
3. At last, I felt that the stuffs were quite responsible.
4. Initially, everything was okay, nothing was special.
5. That was my first time visiting the church.

1. I'm going to tell you about the book centre in town/downtown.

2.It was a marvellous experience that I wish I could do it again.

3.At last, I felt that the staff were quite responsive.???

4.Initially/At first, everything was ok?.There was nothing special.

5. That was my first time visiting the church.


The graph shows that there is a strong tendency for "staff" to be used with a singular verb in US publications, and with a plural verb in UK publications.


I guess this means it would be difficult for an examiner to mark either version down.


Downtown is an adverb: check the examples given.

I am going to tell you about a book center in the downtown.
It was a marvelous experience that I wish I could repeat soon.
At least, I feel that the staffs are quite responsible.
Initially, everything was ok but nothing special.
That's my first time visiting the church.

Oleg :Thank you
1. I’m going to tell you about the downtown book centre in Liverpool.


First, here are the main problems:

1. We don't say "at the downtown" or "in the downtown" or "in downtown". You CAN say "in downtown New York" (i.e. downtown is used as an adjective).

Also, "downtown" is used in American English. I'm British, so I would say "in the town/city centre".

2. Don't use "that" and "it" together in this type of sentence. Here's another example: "I saw a car that I liked it" - this is wrong. You should write "I saw a car that I liked".

3. "At last" has a special meaning, and you can't use it to replace "finally" in the sense of "firstly, secondly, finally".

"At last" suggests that you are relieved after something has finally happened e.g. At last, I've passed the IELTS test!"

4. "no special" is wrong. You can say "nothing special".

5. "That's my first time visited" is wrong. See my correct version below.

FROM SIMON continued:

Here are my suggested versions:

1) I'm going to tell you about a bookshop in the city centre (of London / Manchester).

2) It was a marvellous experience that I wish I could repeat. (no "it")


It was a marvellous experience, and I hope to repeat it soon.

3) Finally, I thought the staff were excellent.

('responsible' seems a little strange here)

4) Initially everything was ok - nothing special happened.

5) It was my first visit to a church.


It was the first time (that) I had visited a church.

Thanks for your correction. Last one was mine. Simon

Thank you :-)

Thank you so much.

Thank you Simon. That's useful.

Thanks Simon. There are two mistakes I made. Frankly, I suppose that will be a totally different story When I take the speaking test because there will be no enough time for me to organise my thinking and make a proper response.

1.in the downtown
2.could repeat soon
3.the staff is
4.not special
5.first time to visit church

1. I am going to tell you about a book center at the downtown.
2.It was a marvelous experience that I wish I could repeat soon.
3.At last, I feel that the staff is quite responsible.
4.Initially, everything was ok, nothing was special.
5.That's my first time to visit church.

IELTS 11(general training, page 20)

4 staff who think a child is having difficulties.....

Please notice that the word staff was followed by the word think, not thinks.

he li,

Yes, they have used the plural form of the verb 'think' after 'staff' (instead of the third person singular 'thinks').

I also used a plural verb form after 'staff': staff were.

You'll see both singular and plural verbs used after collective nouns like 'staff'.

I attended three times exam, but I got all 5.0 points , I felt quite upset. Could you give me some advice or Would you like to be a partner with me

Thank you in advance

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