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

Today you’ll learn how to use ‘let alone’ on IELTS Speaking.

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Let alone‘ is a fantastic phrase to impress the examiner!

It’s often used in a negative context, emphasizing a second negative thing.

This is easy to use in IELTS Speaking Part 1 when asked about how often you do something.

Since we know that all of you guys are busy, this is perfect!

You could say, ‘I don’t even have time to study for IELTS, let alone go for a run,’ or, ‘I don’t have enough cash to buy running shoes, let alone a gym membership!

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Furthermore, in Speaking Part 2, if asked about a problem, you can use this phrase, like, ‘The bus couldn’t tell the passenger to stop, let alone kick him off the bus. He was driving, after all.’

Then, in Speaking Part 3, if asked about disadvantages or problems, you could say, ‘Last year, I studied in Montreal, and I couldn’t understand a word people were saying in French, let alone have a full conversation.’

Notice that the more serious point comes after ‘let alone’, like, ‘The current leader was incapable of handling his own businesses, going bankrupt 20 times, let alone improving the economy of a country.

The more you hear this phrase used naturally, the better you’ll understand and remember it.

How would you use this phrase?

Share your example sentence in the comments section below!

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