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I was practicing task 2 essay and feel fine with it….until I saw this article. If I begin with :
“Living in the era where advanced technology play significant role in the world, computers are expected to shift people’s role in various job field.”
as the FIRST sentence (it still less than 50 words in total with thesis statement combined), is it still considered to be overused/expression as per you said in point number 2 and 3?

(Click on the words and above for further help with their use.)

Finally, everybody's favorite clause is the Santa Clause, which needs no further definition:

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I also agree that we should use natural and easy-to-understand language. But maybe some examiner thinks some big words in the essay can demonstrate the variety of vocabulary. Actually that’s a superficial habit.

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At no time do I state that students should use “easy to understand” language. This article is about avoiding learned phrases. This rule applies to all students, even band 9 students.

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Alright….. Thank you for your prompt reply

Don’t learn expressions !!! You can learn a linking word “In conclusion” but not more. All words that follow must be unique to yourself and not copied from a book.

f it is an informal letter, then it’s good to use contractions.

Thaks a lot liz. Please tell me if the words of essay exceed the 300, is there any negative marking for that? What should be the no of paragraphs in the essay? Is there any particular format of writing? Also tell me some tips to secure 7 bands please?

Please can i start my conclusion like this?

The speaking test is informal and the writing test is formal. The type of grammar you use will depend on what you are trying to say and the ideas you have. You will be marked on your selection of the right grammar forms in the right context. It is not so simple as “use X in writing and Y in speaking”.

The crux of the discussion is …

It can broaden a person’s horizons.

A relative clause that refers to or modifies entire clauses in this manner is called a sentential clause. Sometimes the "which" of a sentential clause will get tucked into the clause as the determiner of a noun:

For example, a recent study from the IMF showed that… / Research indicates that…

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There are good grounds to argue in favour of… / It cannot be denied that…

Try not to follow all the thousands of other students.

Hi Liz, I am bothered by my teacher’s claim that INVERSION is considered informal and should not be used in IELTS writing but only in speaking. Is it right?
Example: Hardly had the president entered the room when his supporters screamed.