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5 most common IELTS grammar mistakes and how to avoid them

09 Oct 2020

One of the biggest fears of students preparing for the IELTS test is how to do well in grammar. In an IELTS test, 25% of marks are comprised of error-free grammatical structure for both writing and speaking.

The examiners assess the range of language structures, but more importantly, they will assess the accuracy of the grammar. Factually, if more than half of your sentences have grammatical errors, you won't be able to score more than 6 for your grammatical accuracy. In other words, for a score of 7 or higher, you have to make sure that more than 50% of your sentences are entirely error-free.

Be it oral or written, students often make some common mistakes again and again. If you know your common mistakes then you can easily overcome them with some practice. Mentioned below are some of the most common IELTS grammar mistakes compiled by Mantrin Institute, one of the best IELTS Coaching Centres in Sector 34 Chandigarh.

• Countable and Uncountable nouns

Students often make mistakes between countable and uncountable nouns. Countable nouns can be counted, e.g. an apple, two oranges, three spoons etc. uncountable nouns cannot be counted, e.g. sugar, rice, water etc. Unaccountable always have to be in a singular form, do not have a plural form and cannot be used with the articles a/an.

Let's look at a few more examples.

Incorrect: He has bought lots of new furnitures.

Correct: He has bought lots of new furniture.

Incorrect: I have no informations about their arrival

Correct: I have no information about their arrival.

• Noun-verb agreement

The agreement is an important concept in English grammar and a common source of errors. Simply put, nouns must agree with their corresponding verb. Therefore, a singular noun requires a singular verb and vice versa.

Here are some more examples:

Incorrect: Some of the debt have been paid off.

Correct: Some of the debt has been paid off.

Incorrect: They visits us every week.

Correct: They visit us every week.

• Use of article 'The'

Students often make mistakes with the usage of the definite article 'the'. We use 'the' when there is only one of something in a particular area like 'The hospital', or something specific like 'the internet', 'the sky', with superlatives like 'the longest', 'the shortest', 'the highest', connected to people, 'the youth', 'the rich', with the cardinal number 'the first', 'the second', 'the third'.

We don't use 'the' when generally speaking e.g.

"I like watching films."

But we use 'the' when there is something specific, e.g.

"The Avengers is my favourite film."

• Preposition after Adjectives and Nouns

In an IELTS exam, students often get confused with the use of prepositions. The only way to use preposition correctly is by understanding right and in context. IELTS latest study material by Mantrin Institute will help you know the use of correct preposition before or after a given word like –

At: Good at, Surprised at

In: Increase in, Drop in, Fall in

About: Pleased about, Angry about, Worried about

Between: difference between

Of: number of, example of, percentage of, advantage of, use of

• Use of comma

Read the following sentences:

I love cooking my dogs and my family

I love cooking, my dogs and my family

Which of the two sentences is correct?

It is often said that punctuation can save a life. While 'cooking' is a verb here 'dogs' and 'family' are nouns and the purpose of the comma in the second sentence makes it clear that 'dogs' is not the subject for the verb 'cooking'.

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