How to extend your answer in the IELTS Speaking Test Part2

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Here is another way for you to extend your answer which is giving of examples and the expressions you can use with this.




In the previous episode we talked about one way to extend your answer which is by giving reasons and I shared to you some expressions that you can use to show reasons. We know already that it is important to extend your answers in the IELTS Speaking test for you to show to the examiner your range of language.


So, for this episode, we are going to look at another way to extend your answer which is giving of examples and the expressions you can use with this.

Let’s look at some expressions you can use to give examples.


When giving examples, using the phrase, for example is very useful in this situations but it is very helpful when you know other ways to do this. And by knowing other expressions helps you show a variety of vocabulary.


So, here are some of the expressions; for instance, an obvious example, this is illustrated by, such as, and a case in point. After I give the expression, I will give sample sentences to give you an idea on how to use the expression.


Now, let's have some example sentences for each.

The First one is; for instance,

This is a useful alternative that works in exactly the same way as “for example”

Let me give you an example. For instance, someone might be more likely to decide to make purchase online using a card than in a shop on the high street.


The second one is; an obvious example

Don’t forget that you can also qualify your examples with adjectives. Here are a couple you might like to try:

A striking example of this is the number of students who leave university with debts of up to $20,000.00

Another example sentence. A notable example of how cashless transactions have helped business is the fact that a huge proportion of  companies  now have online shops.


The third one is; this is illustrated by

Another pattern you should try is using “this” with a verb.

Let me give you an example sentence. This is illustrated by the Oyster Card system on the London Underground


The fourth one is; a case in point

Case is another very useful synonym that can help in varying vocabulary for giving examples. You can often use “case’ by itself as a synonym for “example”, or you can try using the phrase “a case in point”

The self-checkout queues in supermarkets are a case in point


And the final one is; such as

Here are some  of the examples. There are some purchases that are so small, such as buying a bus ticket, that people prefer to use cash

The phrase, such as, is really useful when you are giving shorter examples.


Remember, when answering the examiner’s questions, try to extend your answers by giving reasons or by giving examples.


Now, I'm going to hear you using some of the expressions in giving of examples you can use to extend your answers by giving your responses to the questions I am going to provide. As you answer the questions, answer them honestly about yourself.


Here are the questions


  1. Do you enjoy cooking? Why? Why not?
  2. Do you prefer home cooked or restaurant meals?
  3. Do you enjoy using public transport?


Thank you for listening and please let those people know about this free lesson especially for those people are preparing for their IELTS Test in the future. So see you for the next episode where we are going to focus on the other way you can extend your answer.

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