IELTS Vocabulary: Adverbial phrases

IELTS speakingComment adverbials and set phrases for a higher speaking score.

In the IELTS speaking exam you will be judged on the range and accuracy of your vocabulary, so having a wide range of expressions obviously helps your score.

Comment adverbials are a good way to show emphasis that something is surprising, true, disappointing, coincidental, unbelievable, fortunate or unfortunate. These are mainly used in speaking. However, in IELTS writing they come across as being too informal.

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What’s the difference between ‘affect’ and ‘effect’?

Using vocabulary precisely in IELTS is very important for getting a high score in lexical resource. Affect and effect are often used incorrectly even by native speakers!

Let’s look at the difference between these and how can they be used in a sentence accurately.

They are not exactly synonyms, they are homophones, which means they sound the same but are spelt differently. There are some exceptions when affect can be used as a verb or effect used as a noun, but generally speaking, these are the rules below:

Affect is a verb   –   Effect is a noun

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Using Collocations in IELTS

IELTS collocationsLearning collocations are highly recommended.

Some of the most important vocabulary needed for IELTS writing are collocations. These are essential for a higher score. Basically, collocations are 2 or 3 words that commonly go together and sound just right to a native speaker. For some tips on building your vocabulary take a look at this blog post here. If you do not know how to use collocations then they will sound or look ‘wrong’ to a native speaker.

For example if you go shopping, ‘use money’ sounds strange. The correct word is to ‘spend money‘, or if someone speaks in a loud way I can’t say he has a ‘big voice‘ I need to say he has a ‘loud voice’. Or maybe he has a ‘big mouth‘ to describe him as arrogant, not a ‘large mouth‘. When I want to relax in the evening I wouldn’t ‘look at a movie‘ I would ‘watch a movie‘…. and so on…

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