In the metal and mining sector, companies are facing significant problems (Hopwood, 2018). For example, they face increasing production cost due to the rapid development of new mining technologies.
Like much basic vocabulary in the field of economics, cost is a difficult word! First of all this is one of those words that can be countable and uncountable, and secondly there are some usage peculiarities with each. Continue reading
Foreign companies offer more added values to products or services.
Sorry folks, but this is another countable / uncountable problem. Let’s take a look at some examples of each! Continue reading
According to data, 40.49 % of palm oil productions are from small farm owners.
The plural form of production collocates strongly with film and theatre: Continue reading
It is important to test products on animals before releasing them commercially to markets.
The problem here is that there are two kinds of market – physical and virtual – and in this example, markets (plural) suggests more than one physical market, while releasing them commercially suggests more than one virtual market. Let’s take a look at some examples. Continue reading
Helping developing nations can spend much money.
If I want to spend money, I basically have two options: Continue reading
IELTS often requires us to talk about money and how we spend it, so here’s a song illustrating some common collocations. Lyrics are embedded in the video.
Notice that we do not usually say “The price is expensive.” This is acceptable collocation in some languages (!), but not in English – see here, here and here. Continue reading
In this post we’ll do two things. First, you will read a text and complete (draw) a bar chart based on the text. Next we’ll think about the use of ‘stood at’ in this kind of text, which is very similar to the writing you do in IELTS Task 1. Continue reading
Studying abroad needs high cost!
This one does not translate directly from Indonesian. In fact the meaning changes dramatically!
In English if you say something ‘needs high cost‘ then you are saying: Continue reading
The price of natural pearls is more expensive than the price of man made pearls.
This is an Indonesian student translating ‘harganya mahal‘!
We see what you mean. But in IELTS Continue reading