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ADJECTIVES WITH AS, SO, TOO, ENOUGH AND SUCH
We can say that two things are equal by using as + adjective + as.
The hamburger is as expensive as the fishburger.
We make this comparison more emphatic with just:
We really shouldn’t have gone; it’s just as bad as I predicted it would be!
To say that things are almost equal we use just about, about, almost or nearly.
I’ve had just about as much as I can take.
She’s nearly as old as I was when I got married.
2B. not as….as
We make a negative comparison with not as/ so + adjective + as.
The hot dog isn’t as expensive as the hamburger. (= The hot dog is cheaper.)
We can modify this comparison with nearly or quite:
The hot dog isn’t nearly so expensive as the cheeseburger. (= It is much cheaper.)
The hot dog isn’t quite as expensive as the hamburger. (= It is slightly cheaper.)
In informal spoken English we can use not anything like, nothing like or nowhere near + as + adjective:
The fishburger isn’t anything like as expensive as the cheeseburger.
The fishburger’s nothing like (or nowhere near) as expensive as the cheeseburger.
2C. so, too and enough
We use another type of ‘comparison’ when we describe the result of a particular quality or characteristic. We can use several structures:
so + adjective + [that] clause:
I’m afraid I can’t identify her. It was so dark (that) I couldn’t see her face. (= It was very dark. The result was that I couldn’t see her face.)
too + adjective (+ for/to phrase):
It was too dark (for me) (to see her face).
(not) adjective + enough (+ for/ to phrase):
It wasn’t light enough (for me) (to see her face).
A more formal alternative to these forms is so + adjective + as to phrase:
It was so dark as to make it impossible to see her face.
2D. as and such
We can use as and such to introduce a comparison. There are two patterns:
as + adjective + a + noun + as:
It wasn’t as bad a result as I’d expected. (= it was a better result than I’d expected.)
such a + adjective + noun + as (or that clause):
It wasn ‘t such a bad result as I had expected.
It was such a dark night that I couldn’t really see her face.
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IELTS Speaking test in India - April 2017
– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What are you doing now?
– Who was your favorite teacher?
– Why did you like him/her the most?
– Would you like to become a teacher in the future?
– Why is that?
Talk about a gift that you gave to someone and the occasion. Please say
– What was the gift and the occasion?
– Why did you choose this gift?
– Where did you buy it?
– How did the person feel after receiving it?
– Why do people give gifts in our society?
– Why do some people like to give hand-made gifts instead of purchasing them in a store?
– What kind of educational gifts can be given to children?
– What is the significance of these gifts?
IELTS TIPS FOR READING:
- look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tables.
- make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully.
- pay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or question.
- do not try and read every word; remember, you are reading for a purpose
- if you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one.
- do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; all the answers can be found in the text.
- the word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text; you must not change the form of the word(s) in the text.
- do not worry if there is a word that you do not understand – you may not need to use it
- check your spelling.
- be careful to use singular and plural correctly .
- focus precisely on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions
- if the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘evening’, just use ‘evening’ as your answer; note that ‘in the evening’ would be incorrect.
- pay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘silk shirt’, the answer ‘shirt made of silk’ would be incorrect.
- attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers, so you have nothing to lose.
-check your answers.
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IELTS Speaking test in Australia – April 2017
– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you usually do at work?
– What kind of activities do you do at home?
– Are there any household tasks you do not like? Why?
– Did you study music when you were a child?
– Do you play any instruments now?
– Do you think it is easy to learn to play a new instrument?
Talk about a neighbour that you know well. Please say
– Who is he/she?
– How did you meet him/her?
– Do you like him/her? Why?
– Do you know other neighbours in your neighbourhood?
– What kind of people do you think are important for the neighbourhood?
– Do you think local businesses are important to the community?
– Do you have an example of a community becoming better or worse?
– What do you think about the impact of technology on the community?
⭕️There are a number of suggestions that you could simply improve your listening skill. Here are some of my favorite ways :
1️⃣ listen to audiobooks :
Listening to Audiobooks is one of the most effective and comprehensive method to improve your active listening
2️⃣ Watch Tv or films or Tv series :
Watching Tv news like ( BBC or CNN or Reuters ) can get you familiar with different accents talking about a vast variety of topics.
Watching films or tv series are always a great way to expand your English knowledge and vocabulary circle. You should firstly, Watch the films with English subtitle and listen carefully to what is said. You can pause frame by frame and move backward and listen again to master in this skill. After the film is finished you can now turn off the subtitle and watch it again . This will boost your listening skill.
3️⃣ try to travel to English spoken countries if you can afford it . Try to get involved and hangout with people and do not be afraid of making mistakes in both speaking and listening ... These both skills are always needed together
4️⃣ Go online and google the ways you could improve it. Youtube.com and esl-lab.com are two worthwhile examples
5️⃣ Always listen to what you really interested in. If you do listen to to unwanted topics this would be really tedious and frustrating
6️⃣ practice STOP and WRITE skill.
This skill is about listening to a music or a film dialogue for some seconds and then stopping it and try to write what you have heard. This practice is really great and helps you
4️⃣☘️ Active listening
Active listening generally means to listen actively to what is being said . This means to listen carefully and concentrated to the speaker in case of recognizing the words, grammars ,phrases and so on. So many people have different kinds of distractions while they are listening or talking to others. So they can not catch exactly the whole information. Active listening between two persons who talk together leads to a good mutual understanding and a greater level of communication. This brings trust and respect and gives your partner a desirable feeling...
Try to focus on what you hear. As it passes , gradually you can master in it and even do not loose the clue with the presence of distractors..
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How to watch a movie effectively with the aim to improve your listening skill
Majority of you students have encountered a situation when you're watching a film and you can't understand what exactly the characters of the movie are saying. This is really normal .Don't panic. And don't lose your hope. English is your second language and you are not supposed to understand the whole dialogs or talks between the actors/actresses when you start for the first time to listen to and watch a movie. This needs a great effort to improve your abilities to listen effectively while fully comprehended.
Today Im gonna teach you a method which is accepted and thought by a majority of IELTS instructors worldwide.
In your mother tongue while you're watching film, you normally understand the whole conversations and you don't need to pause the film and go backward and listen to it again unless there might be some distractions. But when it comes to a second language, because they may use some Slangs, connected speeches and complicated word you have never heard you have to pause and go back and watch that sequence again and this is really a normal way that most of people do.
But today I am trying to teach you how to behave and improve your comprehension to the fool that you don't have to post the films and go backward .This is not easy but you can achieve this skill if you set aside a time for it.