IELTS Speaking and IELTS Writing scores are decided by an examiner who refers to descriptions of people’s ability at ten levels, or bands, from 0 up to 9. Candidates are not allowed to see the official descriptors used by examiners, but IELTS do allow you to see a public version of the descriptors that is very similar.
I thought it would be fun to add some colour and clickability to the dreary old public band descriptors! Put on some disco music and click away! Continue reading
Taking a break between school and university is worthy of their time.
OK so here it would be better to write:
- Taking a break between school and university is worth doing.
And so why, in this situation, is it better to write worth rather than worthy (of)?
Use worth when you want to evaluate a thing, person, or action:
- Exercise is worth doing. (positive evaluation of ‘exercise’)
- Smoking isn’t worth it! (negative evaluation of ‘smoking’)
- That guy’s worth a million dollars. (positive financial evaluation)
This is particularly useful when you want to evaluate claims in IELTS Task 2 writing.
Use worthy (of) when you want to say that a thing, person or action deserves attention, effort, or respect. The key word here is deserve:
- He’s not worthy. (= He doesn’t deserve our respect.)
- Two incidents are worthy of mention here. (= Two incidents deserve our attention.)
- The poem is worthy of deep reflection. (= The poem deserves our effort.)
Note that worthy (of) is now considered quite old fashioned. These days it is used more often to refer to people rather than things. The last two examples would now more likely be written:
- Two incidents are worth mentioning here.
- The poem is worth reflecting upon.
Unfortunately there are some grammar and collocation issues relating to the word worth. Lucky for you, these are described with examples in a previous post.
There are more ways that have to be done to halt the spread of HIV.
‘Ways‘ followed by ‘to + V1’ is quite common, as in the expression “There’s more than one way to kill a cat.”
However, ‘way‘ (noun) does not collocate in English with ‘do‘ (verb). You cannot ‘do‘ a ‘way‘. This is possible in some languages (), but not in English.
Another problem here is the redundant use of ‘there are‘ (see previous post).
In English you might write:
- More action needs to be taken to halt the spread of HIV.
- More solutions needs to be considered to halt the spread of HIV.
Remember that strong collocation like this will get you a higher score for vocabulary in IELTS speaking and writing. You will find references to collocation in the IELTS public band descriptors.