Monday, September 30, 2013

IELTS Grammar Tips for Filipinos

When we talk about English examinations, we think of questions relating to grammar. Indeed, grammar is a very important ingredient in English examinations. In any English examination, grammar plays a vital role to assess the examinee. It may not be that obvious that somebody is being evaluated with his or her grammar skills just like in the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. Grammar usage assessment in the IELTS is observed in the speaking and writing tasks.
 
In the speaking section, interviewers are keen in listening to details in the response as well as how well grammar is used. This includes the consistency of the verb tenses, prepositions used, and even the choice of words and expressions in the response. Grammar is more emphasized in the writing section. Like in the speaking test, the essay or response is evaluated with the usage of the verb tenses, the appropriateness of the prepositions and the variety of vocabulary and word expressions. Since grammar poses a very vital role in the IELTS, candidates should take note of some grammar rules in speaking and in writing.
 
1. Subject and Verb agreement

It is the most basic rule in grammar: a singular subject takes a singular verb. Most of the time, examinees commit mistakes with this rule. Hence, some individuals speak a little slowly as they try to listen to themselves when they talk. Additionally in writing, this grammar rule is often overlooked. Always double check the number of the subject to be able to use the right verb for it.
 
2. Verb Tenses

When telling a story that happened in the past, make sure that everything that follows after it, or the details to support the idea are in the past tense. Do not shift from one tense to another if there is no connection or relevance to the flow of the ideas. This is what we call maintaining the consistency of the thought and having a smooth flow of ideas in the response.
 
3. Prepositions

There are a lot of prepositions in the English language and memorizing their rules can take a lot of time as these rules are very flexible. However, familiarity with the prepositions of time, place, and location is a good start in using prepositions appropriately. Start with the rules of in , on, and at.You can start learning about the proper use of prepositions on this post.

These three fundamental parts of grammar are very useful in coming up with a better and more intelligent responses in both speaking and writing. To be more familiar with grammar, start reading grammar books, watch video tutorials over the Internet, or enrol in an IELTS review center today.

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