Sunday, 7 February 2016

Countable and uncountable nouns

With countable nouns (e.g. apples, people, cities) we use:

a/an - Can I borrow a pen please?
the - The town is empty.
some - Did you put some nuts in the cake?
any - Are there any bananas in the fridge?
many - We had many choices to choose from.
a few - There were quite a few people on the bus today.

With uncountable nouns (e.g. traffic, information, weather) we use:

some - Would you like some water?
any - Is there any furniture in his flat?
much - I don't have much money.
little - I always have a little milk in my tea.
the - I love looking at the moon.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Describing a house/flat/apartment (IELTS Speaking)

Material: stone, brick, wood, concrete, glass, steel
Age: new, old, ancient, modern, 19th century, 50 years old
Cost: expensive, cheap, good value, reasonable
Appearance: beautiful, ugly, well-designed, stylish, contemporary, unusual, typical 
Location: urban, rural, in the town centre, downtown, in the suburbs, in a quiet neighbourhood, in a residential area
Style: high-rise, detached, on stilts, block of flats
Interior: spacious, comfortable, cozy, minimal, lots of clutter, well decorated