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January 11, 2021


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Thank you so much. After reading your explanation, I understand that "spend time + Ving" means a specific activity.

thanks sir

Dear Simon,

Can you please introduce an IELTS examiner to me. I want to get my writings graded by a real IELTS examiner. I will pay for it for sure. Thanks!

Thanks for useful information

Hi Simon,

Thanks for your lesson. I’m very grateful that you are back.

The subject in your sentence is ‘They’ instead of ‘The’. Right?

Thanks Daisy. It's amazing how I couldn't see such an obvious typo until you pointed it out!

What a helpful tip. Thanks Simon

Dear Simon,

I wonder if you have seen my message regarding the introducing an IELTS examiner that you know for grading our writings? Look forward to your response. Thank you in advance!

Hi Mina,

Hopefully I've replied to your email. Sorry about the delay!

Hi Simon, maybe it's not related to you post, but I wanna ask whether this sentence I write is right or wrong:

"the rate of Internet users in the UK reached a peak of 100%, compared to 80% of Mexican people and only 20% of Canadian people".

I have seen what you say about "compared to" and I know that after "compared to" is a noun or a noun phrase but I'm not sure whether my sentence is right or wrong.

Hi Anna,

In case Simon isn't able to reply to you, as an IELTS teacher and native English speaker, I'd say that your sentence is right.
However, be careful with 'rate' It does not equal percentage/proportion. Consider this correct sentence: '45% of men regularly drive at over 100 km per hour'. Which is the percentage/proportion and which is the rate?

Hi Peter Walton, thanks so much for your help, I will be more carefull with the word "rate"

Actually, it is not strictly wrong. Your options are just alternatives. If you look up the phrase "spend time on television" in Oxford corpus or simple Google it, there are plenty of cases that use this phrase.

Dear Simon,

No, I have not received any email from you. I will appreciate if you could respond to me. Thank you.


While the phrase "spend time on television" is grammatically correct, I disagree with the idea that it is simply an alternative to the phrase "spend time watching television". There is a difference in meaning, and this is what I'm highlighting.

As a native speaker, I wouldn't say "I spend too much time ON television" because this sentence gives the wrong meaning (or at least an ambiguous one) - it sounds like I am someone who can be seen on television e.g. an actor or presenter. By using 'watching' instead of 'on', I'm avoiding this confusion.



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