Introduction to the IELTS academic writing task 2 lesson 1

IELTS Course Lesson 46 (Academic Format) –  Academic Writing Task 2 – Academic #9

ielts academic writing task 2 Graph Description Writing Practice

NYC Violent Crime Rates by Commissioner and Mayor (Source:

NYC crime rates
This graph created by The New York Times, illustrates New York City’s violent crime rates by year, police commissioner, and mayor. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Essay Writing Practice

An IELTS academic writing task 2; a job that requires a lot of thinking is more difficult than a job that requires no thinking.

Do you agree with this statement?

IELTS Speaking Exam Tip: Prefixes and Suffixes

IELTS Speaking tip

Prefixes and suffixes

A Prefix is a set of letters, which is added to the start of a word. Thus, creating a new word with a different meaning.

The same goes for a suffix but for a suffix the letters come at the end of the word. Suffixes are most likely to change the class of the word.

For example, to change a verb to a noun or a noun to an adjective.

For verb to noun suffixes: We add -tion, -age, -ment, -sion, -al, -ence, -ance, -ery, or -ry at the end of the verb, to change it to the noun, which is the action or result of this verb, ie rampage, segment, immersion, entrance, explosion, migration, etc.

We add, -er, -ant or -ent, to the verb to create the noun which describes the person doing this verb, ie adviser, controller, maker, washer, etc.

We add -ship, -ity, -ness or, -cy, to express a state of being: ie happiness, friendship, cleverness.

For noun to adjectives suffixes we have: -al -ent, -ive, -ous, -ful, -less and -able i.e. edible, reversible, youthful, delightful, fearless, useless, sleepless, corrosive, likeable, manageable, etc.

For adjectives to adverb suffixes we add -ly: ie slowly, repeatedly, etc.

Prefixes have the ability to change the meaning of a word in a significant way.

The most common prefix is in English are, re-, dis-, over-, in-, mis-, and out-.

Re- is used for repetition: i.e. to resit an exam, to rewrite, reappear, redo, etc.

To disconnect, to disobey, dishonest, disobedient, dislike etc.

“Over” means to do something too much, to oversleep, etc.

“Un” is used to express the opposite: ie to unload a truck, unable, unfamiliar, unkind, unreal, etc.

“Pre” means before: i.e. prepaid, to prebook, a preview etc.

“In” and “im” are used to express the opposite” i.e. inactive, incorrect, incomplete, Impossible, impolite, impure etc.

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