Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll learn 3 IELTS grammar tips you need to know for the Listening exam!

These will help you get more answers correct.

Find out when to include articles and when not to.

We’ll also share a few other useful grammar tips for getting Listening answers correct.

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Today’s question

Blessie Bihag wrote in asking about articles in IELTS Listening answers.

Hello, I loved your video.

How about the articles? Should we include them?

For example, the audio says garden only with no article before the noun.

The question is Availability of _______.

Is “a garden” correct?

Or should i write “garden” only?

Tip #1: Use exact words in audio

Always copy exactly what the speaker says in the audio you hear.

IELTS almost never requires you to change the wording from the audio.

In order to accomplish this, you must understand the audio.

It’s vital that you improve your overall listening skills.

Listen to podcasts, television shows and movies without watching the video.

You need a lot of practice listening to audio and understanding each word.

Tip #2: Check the grammar

When you check your answers, check the grammar.

If it’s a complete sentence, you need correct grammar like an article.

If it’s note completion or table completion, you don’t need an article.

Read the full sentence with your answer to make sure it makes sense.

If the grammar is wrong on an answer, it will be marked incorrect.

Tip #3: Examine what is provided

Look at the surrounding notes and questions.

If there is a list and the items have articles, include one.

You must use parallel grammar in tables and notes.

  • A brownie
  • A cookie
  • A cupcake

If not, do not include one.

  • Garden
  • Pool
  • Gym

How to know which article to use

In a previous episode, Aubrey and Michelle provided details about article usage.

Check out episode 871, When Grammar Matters 6: Articulating Articles for IELTS

You will find details about when to use a/an, the and no article.

You can also find a lot of useful grammar episodes on All Ears English.

Listen to episode 1570: 3 Things to Consider When You Break an English Grammar Rule.

How much should you focus on grammar?

You have likely heard us say that you shouldn’t spend too much time on grammar.

This is because it can take over a year to raise your grammar score one band point.

The grammar score is only one of four scores on both Speaking and Writing.

The other 3 scores on both exams can be raised more easily and more quickly.

However, some grammar aspects can be mastered without spending a lot of time.

Every grammar episode we record focuses on this type of grammar.

Most importantly, balance your study.

Too many students focus almost solely on grammar and vocabulary.

This is not the best way to raise your IELTS score!


It is important to know how and when to use articles.

Today’s tips will help you know when to include them in Listening answers.

Our other grammar episodes provide details on how and when to use each article.

Knowing this will make a big difference on every section of the exam.

It is especially necessary on the IELTS Writing exam to use articles accurately.

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What questions do you have from today’s episode?

Please leave a comment below.

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