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

Today you’ll learn native amount vocabulary for the words ‘a lot’, ‘some’ and ‘none’.

On the IELTS Exam, there are numerous occasions that require you to express amount. (You can also use the word ‘numerous’ instead of ‘many’!)

In Writing Task 1, Task 2, and in every part of the Speaking Exam, you can’t avoid using the very common frequency words ‘a lot’, ‘some’, and ‘none’.

An IELTS Energy TV YouTube subscriber asked for other words or phrases that he could use to express these basic ideas.



Interesting Amount Vocabulary

A lot– (all of these phrases are formal, but can be used in informal communication as well)

a great deal, a considerable number, a significant amount, abundant, ample


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(speaking) a wee bit, more or less

(speaking and writing) several

*Note- Avoid using the word ‘some’, and its paraphrases, in Writing, as this word contains no specific information.




(speaking) a big goose egg, nada zilch zero, not one bit

Choose 2 paraphrases for each of the amount words above and add them to your vocabulary notebook.

Then, keep this list in front of you when you practice IELTS Speaking and Writing.

What paraphrases are you unsure of?

Leave us a question in the comments section below!

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