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October 21, 2018

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Thank you, Simon. I love your website !

can we right does not need to be replaced instead of does not need replacing?

Syd

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=not+need+to+be+replaced%2Cdoes+not+need+replacing%2C+needs+to+be+replaced%2C+needs+replacing&year_start=1900&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cnot%20need%20to%20be%20replaced%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cdoes%20not%20need%20replacing%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cneeds%20to%20be%20replaced%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cneeds%20replacing%3B%2Cc0

That's a yes from me then. We can write either.

Hello!

I want to ask, 'How reliable the band scores, given for sample essays and letters in Cambridge IELTS books, are? I observed that many weak essays and letters show 6 bands.

Vishaal

How are you evaluating what is a "weak" essay? Are you using the public band descriptors?

https://idpielts.me/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Writing-Band-descriptors-Task-1-and-2_Public.pdf

It is necessary to first arrive at a score for each component (TR/CC/LR/GRA) and then average them, rounding up to the nearest half band. There is also a downward adjustment if the submission is under-length.

I know public can be both noun and adjective.
so can I conclude that the below phrases are all correct?

Public's attention
public attention
public's health
public health

Syd

When used as a noun, "public" is preceded by "the".

"the public's attention" and "the public's health" are (much) less common than "public attention" and "public health".

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/public

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=public+attention%2C+public%27s+attention%2Cpublic+health%2Cpublic%27s+health&year_start=1900&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cpublic%20attention%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cpublic%20%27s%20attention%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cpublic%20health%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cpublic%20%27s%20health%3B%2Cc0

BTW as an adjective "below" follows the noun -> the phrases below.

Tnx Khe...

BTW, below is an adverb, but I'm agree with you. It's preferred be after the noun.

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