Idioms are informal and not suitable for writing task 2. So, yes, it would lower your score to use inappropriate language. However, you can use some idiomatic language such as “key to …”
Regarding the first phrase to avoid, I need to know whether the following format is correct. I started my essay with a general statement and wrote that some people believe that ….and stated the first opinion and wrote that others feel that … and mentioned the second opinion and then for the thesis statement I wrote” in this essay I will discuss both opinions and give mine at the conclusion”. Is my thesis statement correct?
A thesis statement is usually a sentence that states your argument ..
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?
introduction and thesis statement of ..
There are so many mistakes in this sentence. Linking words are not your only problem – you make frequent grammar and vocabulary mistakes as well. If you continue to write in a style that is above your level of English, your score will be a lot lower than band 7.
this statement will echo what was said in …
Students spend too much time thinking of which tenses to use and what words to use. You can’t plan this. You need to review all topics for vocab and all grammar tenses and structures for flexibility. When you enter the exam, everything is fresh in your mind and you make choices depending on the topic and context. It’s better to review English and develop exam skills – rather than memorising sentences.
Thesis Statements and Introductory Paragraphs
If it is appropriate, then it’s fine. However, writing task 2 is formal. This means it is not descriptive so the changes of using it are not always there. Don’t try to use tenses because you want to boost your score. That is the biggest mistake students make. Having a normal range is fine. The key to a higher score is less mistakes – so never take chances and aim for accuracy.
THESIS STATEMENTS & INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPHS: ..
We were taught about using ” this essay will discuss both sides and give an opinion on this matter”. I just found that its not good to use as a thesis statement. Can you pls give me an example of how to present this kind of thesis statement in my own original way. Thanks a lot for your help Liz.
Sample Introduction with Thesis Statement
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”.