Adverbs of frequency

The following table is rather pragmatic just because it lists the deliberate distinctions among the various adverbs of frequency.

 % Adverbs of frequency Example
 100% Always I always study after class.
 90% Usually I usually walk to work.
 80% Normally/Generally I normally get good marks.
 70% Often/Frequently I often read in bed at night.
 50% Sometimes I sometimes sing in the shower.
 30% Occasionally I occasionally go to bed late.
 10% Seldom I seldom put salt on my food.
 5% Hardly ever/Barely/Rarely I hardly ever get angry.
 0% Never Vegetarians never eat meat.

Phrase replacement in writing

I summarised today some phrase replacement in the IELTS writing this time in the table. With these phrases in the left, your paragraph may seem a bit more complicated and formal, so just go and try some of them in your writing.

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Order of Adjectives

In English, it is common to use more than one adjective before a noun. For example, “My brother lives in a nice new house,” or “In the kitchen there was a beautiful large round wooden table.”

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IELTS Speaking: Using the phrasal verbs – part 3

Boss around

to tell someone what to do, give orders.

1. It really gets me when she starts bossing people around.

2. I can’t stand being bossed around by the manager.

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IELTS Speaking: Using the phrasal verbs – part 2

Knock down

to disassemble into parts, as for storage or shipping.

1. These old houses are going to be knocked down.

2. Knock down the old hotel.

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IELTS Speaking: Using the phrasal verbs – part 1

Today, I introduced some of commonly used phrasal verbs in the oral English, or more importantly, the IELTS speaking test, instead of the formal verbs. Doing in this way can make your oral language sound more idiomatic and bridge the gap between you and the examiners as you should know. For example, “come across a friend” would be more idiomatic than just “encounter someone”; another case would be “acquire a language” which can be replaced with “pick up a language” in oral English. I listed some of these phrasal verbs with examples which should be kept in mind and on the tip of your tongue. I divided this topic into three posts with ten sample phrasal verbs in each in order not to make the single post too long.

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