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Friday Feedback Takeaway Tips

Every Friday we learn something new.

This is where I put the quick takeaways from the live Writing Feedback session.

double

Friday Takeaways'double', 'twice', 'twofold' and 'half'How can you paraphrase the following sentence? The price of oil went from £10 a barrel in 1980 to £20 a barrel in 1990.1. The price of oil doubled between 1980 and 1990. (verb) 2. The price of oil in 1990 was...

run-on sentences

Friday Takeaways'run-on' sentencesWhich of these is WRONG? *hint - focus on punctuation (commas, full-stops, semi-colons and linking words). There was only one shop. This has now been replaced. There was only one shop; this has now been replaced. There was only one...

worth or worthy?

Friday Takeaways'worth' vs 'worthy'Which is correct? 'My IELTS test is tomorrow - should I buy a course?' 1. 'It's not worthy to buy a course'. 2. 'It's not worth buying a course'. 2. is correct. 'It's not worth + ing'  The meaning of 'It's not worth +...

How to introduce your Academic Task 1 paragraphs

Friday Takeaways'Turning now to...'It's always good to lead the reader through your well-organised paragraphs in order to show that you are totally in control. There are a number of expressions to help you do this (and of course you only need 2 or possibly 3,...

with or at?

Friday Takeaways'with' or 'at' in Academic Task 1What is the difference between these statements? 1. They spent most of their money on cars, at 45%. 2. They spent most of their money on cars, with over 45% going on petrol.   'With' (2) is normally followed by an...

work vs job

Friday TakeawaysGet all the Friday Takeaway Tips herework vs job Can you fix these sentences? Nearly half of them had a full time work as anthropologists. Combining a part-time job work plus studying as a postgraduate was the least popular option. Nearly half of them...

fact vs opinion

Friday TakeawaysGet all the Friday Takeaway Tips herefact vs opinionQuick question: Look at these General Statements taken from an essay introduction. Decide if the words in bold express a fact, an opinion or both. 1) Undoubtedly, buying a house is necessary for the...

factor vs reason

Advent Challenge - writing tips for DecemberFriday TakeawaysGet all the Friday Takeaway Tips here'factor' vs 'reason'Quick Test: Look at these sentences which basically all mean the same thing - what's the difference between them grammatically? Stress is a...