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

Today you’ll learn how to use ‘did’ for native emphasis on IELTS Speaking.

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We had this question from a listener, Adnan:

I’m a 3 Keys student. I was a student in Kurdistan before moving to Canada. I asked my teacher this question, and he told me it was wrong. Back then, I heard on a YouTube video, “did take the course for 3 months.” What does did do here? Can you explain?

‘Did’ is correct here. It shows native grammatical flexibility.

It’s also great for varying your pronunciation.

You have to emphasize the ‘did‘, or the examiner might think it’s a grammar mistake.

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The function of adding this word is to emphasize the fact that this happened in the past.

In real life, you use this to answer a tag question, like, ‘You didn’t do that, did you?’

However, you won’t hear this from the IELTS examiner.

He/She might say, ‘How long have you lived in your current apartment?’

You could, say, ‘I moved here 3 years ago.. wait, did I? Yes, I DID move here 3 years ago.’

This sounds so natural and native!

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