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Ten Common Misused Phrases in the IELTS
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TEN MISUSED PHRASES
ONE SHOULD AVOID
ON THE CONTRARY
This phrase is used to emphasize a negative statement on a
previous statement. Most of the time, the idea presented
following the phrase is somehow not usually accepted (as an
idea) but is correct. The idea is to bring an alternative option
to the common idea.
John Guevarra’s family and relatives were known to excel in
the field of medicine and science. They have already put up
a lot hospitals and clinic around the globe. On the contrary,
John’s brother, Michael, is a certified public accountant.
Like on the contrary, this phrase is used to show
contradicting ideas. Meaning to say, you are
comparing two ideas and you use the expression to
show the other side of one idea, not to emphasize
your own viewpoint.
There has been an increase in the unemployment rate
in Cebu City. In contrast, Davao City has seen a 10%
increase on the employment rate since 2009.
USED TO + VERB
When used to is paired with the original form of the
verb indicates a past action or condition that existed.
For example, you can say, I used to be a model. It
means that in the past you were a model but now you
are not. (note: be (highlighted in red) is a verb).
I used to live in a coastal barangay in the Philippines.
USED TO + VERB (ING)
If used to is paired with a verb in ~ing, it means that
something or an action is not new or strange for you to
do. For instance, you say, I am used to using
chopsticks. This means that somebody does not find it
strange to use chopsticks. He or she can use it and it
is not new for him or her.
I used to loving the shore before factories were built
here in our place.
I COULD CARE LESS
This expression is totally wrong as the right
expression says , I couldn’t care less. It means that
you do not care much on something because you
have no care to give. This is a misused expression
commonly heard in conversations.
I couldn’t care less on who will win the elections. I
am more concerned with my family’s welfare.
ALTERNATELY AND ALTERNATIVELY
Alternately simply means one after another; hence, it is
considered an adverb. On the other hand, alternatively
means “on the other hand” one or another.
The organization is using the power generated from the
sun and the power produced from the grid alternately.
Group A is planning to create a vehicle that will use biogas.
Alternatively, group B will be responsible for a vehicle that
will use solar energy.
This has been quite evident in some writing and this is
totally a huge mistake. This should be written as “for
all intent and purposes.”
For all intent and purposes, a financial statement for
all company expenses must be posted on the bulletin
KIND OF AND SORT OF
These are okay in informal conversation or
writings. However, when writing a formal type of
essay, better use the expressions somewhat or
Formal: The left eye is somewhat bigger than the
Informal: The left eye is kind of bigger than the
DUE TO THE FACT THAT
This is too words and it makes your sentence wrong. If
you mean “because”, settle with “due to”. Therefore,
avoid using the said expression.
The cliff eroded due to the strong waves from the sea.
The cliff eroded because of the strong waves from the
THE REASON WHY IS BECAUSE
Redundancy at its peak! “The reason is” should be
used rather than this expression. Do not make
expressions longer just to sound smart.
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