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Academic English not only for Indonesians
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Describing transformational change(s)

The farmland was transformed become residential areas.

I have written elsewhere about how Indonesian IELTS candidates often use become to talk about a constant, where in English it is only ever used to describe a change. However, although become is used to describe a change, we would not use become AND transform together. (more…)

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Predicting that X will probably change Y

The IA-CEPA is predicted to stabilise diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Predicting a change that does not take an object

If you want to say something will change, without mentioning the thing that will be affected by the change (the object of the change), then the writer of our opening example is using the right structure: (more…)

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When ‘become’ is not becoming

Full-day school becomes an important issue because it concerns a wide range of people, especially parents.

Indonesian flag┬áThis is the influence of Bahasa Indonesia. In English become is used to describe a change, rather than a constant: (more…)

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Change in graphs, tables and charts

In 2015 sales of all 3 types of fast food increased dramatically.

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The percentage (raised/rose)

The percentage of Australians holding a maths, science, or computing degree raised quite significantly from 10 to 18.

It’s an easy mistake to make. There are 2 verbs with similar meanings. One is transitive (must have an object), the other intransitive (no object). (more…)