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IELTS Grammar Tip – How to use commas in your Task 1 and 2 responses

Posted on July 17, 2012 by

Commas can be a challenge.  Knowing when and how to use them can be the skill that takes your writing band beyond 7.  I hope you find this short video helpful.

Please comment and let me know what other grammar related topics I should touch upon in upcoming videos.

11 Responses to “IELTS Grammar Tip – How to use commas in your Task 1 and 2 responses”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I find this video really very helpfull.

  2. Mitsu says:

    I learned American English back in my country, Japan, and noticed that commas are often omitted between a dependent clause and following independent clause when I started studying in Australia. Is it common in British English?

  3. Lee says:

    Thanks heaps for this awesome video Ryan! just one quick question. are these comma rules you taught in the video internationally applicable?

  4. Kavitha says:

    Dear Ryan , I recently wrote exam on 30th June and cleared exam with L-7.5, R-7, W-7, S-7.5 Overall 7.5 . Its all your help, your blog helped me a lot as I was trying individual 7 from long time, your essay structure Videos and weekly exercises helped to reach my goal thank you so much ,,,,,,,, please continue your blog definitely it will help many students ,,,,,, Thank you once again ,,,

  5. Junaid says:

    Hi Ryan,

    i reckon, your video is very helpful. could please post any new essay topic which you perhaps received.

    Thanks,

  6. Junaid says:

    just to add further, essay topic with your recommended response, specially of discussion essay.

    thanks.

  7. Maria Elena says:

    Thank you Ryan! What about linkers? Students don’t know how to use them correctly (Moreover, futhermore vs in addition to, etc.)

  8. Ryan says:

    @Anonymous Thank you

    @Mitus Yes, dependent clauses that come after independent clauses are often without commas. I should have pointed that out in my video.

    @Lee Yes, these are the most widely accepted rules for comma use.

    @Kavitha Thank you for sharing your story! Would you mind if I included it in a ‘testimonials’ page I am making? Congratulations!

    @Junaid Thank you for the feedback. Yes, I will keep trying to get the model responses up. I am visiting family in Toronto at the moment, so I am a little short on free time. I will post as much as I can.

    @Maria Excellent idea! I’ve made a few small videos on cohesive phrases, but perhaps I should try to make a longer one that explains the topic thoroughly.

  9. Manju says:

    Thnaks Ryan, the tips on comma usage are very good. Can you also share such guidelines for use of articles, as I often misuse or miss out on article ‘the’

  10. Anonymous says:

    how to get high score in ielts exam?

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