Better IELTS grammar

The importance of grammar in IELTS and how to learn it

Grammar is key to both the speaking and the writing papers as it is 25% of your marks in each paper. This means that you should spend plenty of time working on your grammar skills.

IELTS grammar

Think variety

Good IELTS grammar is not just about not making mistakes – it also about using a wide range of different structures. To understand this idea you should check this key lesson:

How to use simple and complex sentences in writing

Think about meaning too

If you want to use better grammar it’s important to know how to use it and not just how to make it. These lessons show you how this can be done:

How to use relative clauses to improve your writing

Know what your problems are and learn to correct them

This is key. Everyone has their own mistakes. The smart thing to do is to focus your learning on the type of mistakes you make most. This lesson gives you some ideas of the type of mistakes to look for in writing.

An editing checklist

Common mistakes

Error correction and other exercises

These exercises focus on one or two aspects of IELTS grammar. The idea is that it helps to focus on particular mistakes. You’ll find other exercises in my grammar lessons listed below.



Cause and effect language

Linking language



Relative clauses

How to use relative clauses to improve your writing

The idea here is that good IELTS grammar is about knowing how and when to use relatives clauses, not just getting their grammar right

The grammar of relative clauses

A quick lesson on the two main types of relative clause and the basic rules


An outline of an approach to making fewer mistakes 

The idea here is to think of general/particular and countable/uncountable


How to use conditional clauses to improve the coherence of your writing 

It is not enough to know the grammar, you also need to know how to use the grammar

How to use I wish in IELTS speaking

I wish can help you make your answers more interesting and add variety to the grammar

Modal verbs

Modal verbs of probability and possibility

These verbs are essential for talking about the future


Different ways to talk about the future

This lesson focusses more on spoken grammar, but it is also useful in writing too

How to use the present perfect

A lesson that shows you how to use the tense in writing and speaking and not just how to make it

Comparisons and contrasts

using whereas to make contrasts

compare and contrasting language

Adjectives and adverbs

adjectives and adverbs in academic task 1

using adverbs more flexibly

adverbs do not just qualify verbs but we often use them to qualify other adverbs and adjectives too. This is a great skill to learn to improve your speaking


25 common spelling mistakes

Good spelling is 100% important in listening and useful in writing too! This lesson tests you on some common mistakes and shows you why they happen

25 more common spelling mistakes

Tips on spelling

One of my older lessons giving tips on spelling


Advice on unnecessary commas

One common error is putting commas in where they shouldn’t be. This lesson gives you some very practical advice how to avoid this problem. It’s all about thinking of the comma as a pause.