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IELTS strategies: varying your tenses

If you’re aiming for band 7 or above in the IELTS speaking test, or indeed the writing test as well, you will need to show that you can use a range of verb tenses competently and confidently.

It won’t be enough to stick to the basic verb tenses of present simple, past simple and future simple. You will need to use continuous verb tenses and perfect verb tenses as well.

As this video suggests, it is a good idea to take one verb phrase that is relevant to you and practise using it in a variety of different ways.

For example:

I go camping.

I haven’t been camping since June.

I’ll go camping again next summer.

I was camping with my family when I went canoeing for the first time.

I had never been camping before the age of 12.

Watch the video again for a different example:

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