IELTS On The Go 4

IELTS On The Go 4

IELTS On The Go 4

Hello guys ! This article will focus on hot hits GRAMMAR mistakes we have found when people take the IELTS Test. Whenever you use inappropriate grammar structure in writing and speaking tests, your score will certainly be reduced. If you write with more than 50 % error of your sentences, it is impossible for you to get more than band 6 in writing part. So, you should try to make your sentences have small error as many as you can to raise your score.

Here are first 4 mistakes people always confuse and how to use them correctly.

1. “The” 

Use “the” when….

– There is only one of something in particular area such as the government, the bridge, the river
– There is only one in the world such as the sun, the moon, the White House, the ozone layer
– Use with carninal numbers such as the first, the second, the third etc.
– Use with superlatives such as the most beautiful, the richest, the fastest
– Use with places where the name refers to a group of islands or states such as the Netherlands, The United States, the Maldives

Don’t use “the” when…..

– talk about single place or country such as Europe, China, Norway
– talk about something generally we use plural for example; Dogs are always honest and love their owners. German cars are good quality.


2.  –ing or to + infinitive

– We use to + infinitive after the following verbs : would like, want, seem, refuse, promise, prepare, learn, hope, help, deserve, offer, ask, desire, afford, hope, and learn how

For example : 

My brother learns how to drive a car this morning.
He is a good employee, he desreves to be promoted.
Suda prepares to take IELTS exam next month.

– We use –ing after the following verbs : advise, suggest, recommend, keep, mind, practice, imagine, give up, finish, stop, consider, carry on, deny, avoid and involve

For example : 

He recommends eating at the new restaurant over there.
If you drink alcohol, avoid driving a car.
Stop talking ! This is a library.


3. Preposition after Noun / Adjective

People often get confused which prepositions to use after Noun / Adjective and here are common prepositions we always use.

At : good at, surprised at
About / With : pleased about something, pleased with someone, disappointed about something, disappointed with someone, worried about something or someone
in : increase in, decrease in, rise in, drop in
of : number of, use of, advantage/disadvantage of


4. ApostropheS

ApostropheS is used when we want to shorten words, possession or make contractions such as

– cannot – can’t
– do not – don’t
– I will – I’ll
– Cherry’s car
– Kedy’s boyfriend


Remember that contraction is usually used in spoken English so you should avoid using when doing the academic writing test.

Don’t forget to follow the next article because we will show you more about common mistakes experts have found !!!