Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

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It’s all about Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Task 2.

Today’s vocabulary all came from our 3 Keys students, who participate in our closed Facebook group.

Our student Khayala asked about using the idiom ‘by leaps and bounds‘ in Writing Task 1 to express increases.

To get a high Vocabulary score for Writing, you have to use interesting words and phrases, just not slang.

So, yes, this idiom is perfect! It simply means ‘by a huge amount‘, or just ‘a lot‘.

Another student, Zarina, asked about the phrase ‘idle away the hours‘.

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This is great for Speaking Parts 1 and 2. Zarina says she likes to idle away the hours reading sci-fi books.

Finally, Siva asked about using ‘knee jerk reaction‘ in Writing Task 2.

Although this may seem a bit informal, it is very interesting and should be used in Writing and Speaking.

For example, ‘The headlines lately caused a knee jerk reaction among the populous.’

This idiom describes people reacting very strongly and immediately, in a way they can’t help.

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