Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Students are very worried about their Grammar score for Speaking and Writing.

Let us help!

Firstly, don’t panic about the need to use a wide variety of sentence structures.

The fact is, you can just use a couple complex sentences, a few compound sentences, and get a 6 or 7 for Grammar.

The difference is in the number of errors. For a Grammar 6, you have a variety of structures, but still quite a few mistakes.

A 7 for Grammar connotes a sentence structure variety (but not a huge variety), but many of those sentences have no mistakes.

For most students, getting a 7 for Grammar is just not in the cards, especially if you only have a couple months to prepare for IELTS.

That’s why we say it is a more intelligent use of your time to focus on improving your score in the other categories:

For Speaking:


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For Writing:

Having said that, using some conditional phrases is a great way to present the examiner with complex sentence structures!

Conditional Example Sentence for IELTS:

Zero Conditional

This is used for facts and possible situations. If + present simple + independent clause

What time do you get up in the morning?

If I set my alarm, I wake up at 6:30. If I forget, I don’t wake up until 10 a.m.

First Conditional

This is used for possible situations when the outcome is likely. If + present simple + independent clause with ‘will’

What will you do when you finish your studies?

If I get my Masters Degree, I will move to the UK.

Second Conditional

This is used for an imaginary situation. If + past simple + independent clause with ‘would’

What is your ideal vacation?

If I could go anywhere, I would choose Italy. I would rent a motorbike and travel around the whole country with just a backpack.

The third conditional utilizes the past perfect, and you don’t need to know that. Even native speakers rarely use it!

Could you write example sentences about yourself using today’s structures?

Share your sentences in the comments section below!


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