Modals are quite tricky even for advanced speakers to get right. Getting them wrong can communicate the wrong impression. You need to really practice them. They are used a lot in speaking and they frequently come up in Task Two writing.

Grammar for IELTS


Look at these essay topics.
1. What changes will the world see in technology over the next 25 years?

Over the next 25 years we WILL / MAY / MIGHT / COULD see …

2. How can governments help citizens emerge from poverty?
Governments COULD …  / SHOULD / MUST

3.  If family size declined to just one child per couple, what problems could emerge?[HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION]


Make your language sound more fluent by using the words below in your speaking.

They are very useful for casual writing too. Native speakers use these words regularly and your language will sound more natural if you learn to use them correctly.

Using them correctly in the IELTS Speaking Test will help your mark for fluency.

(NOTE: In the two writing IELTS writing tasks, it is better to use more precise language.)

Recent Past

Recent Past


I’m guessing that you hate grammar. Most people do. So many rules and so many exceptions to the rules!  Sometimes you need to learn by heart and sometimes you need to just hear it and feel it. One of the things that you need to learn by heart until it becomes second nature is correct use of pronouns. Reflexive pronouns in particular seem to cause a lot of problems.

You should be keeping both a written and a spoken diary. Practice using pronouns correctly in your writing and in your speaking.

grammar - pronouns

IELTS GRAMMAR – Adverbs of Time

Do you use Adverbs of Time correctly? Some go with the present simple, some go with the present continuous and others are only used with perfect tenses.

It is really worth learning to use these words correctly. Mis-use of these small words can sound quite odd to a native speaker.

Time adverbs with Present Tenses

Try these sentences. Can you put correct words in the gaps?

  1. I ____________________ him since 2010. (not see)
  2. She ____________________ to a client at the moment. Can I help you. (speak)
  3. We _________ already ___________the forms, now we just need to wait until we hear from the bank. (complete)
  4. Jana frequently ____________________ to class late. (come)
  5. I ____________________  my homework yet. (not finish)

pǝɥsıuıɟ ʇou ǝʌɐɥ  5 sǝɯoɔ 4  pǝʇǝןdɯoɔ ˙˙˙ ǝʌɐɥ 3  ƃuıʞɐǝds sı 2   ʇou ǝʌɐɥ ˙1

Time adverbs with Present Tenses