This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety.
I vary the sentence length, and I create music.
The writing sings.
It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences.
And I use sentences of medium length.
And sometimes when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.
So write with a combination of short, medium, and long sentences. Create a sound that pleases the reader’s ear. Don’t write just words. Write music.
Gary Provost was born in 1944 and died in 1995. He was the author of many books across a range of genres including four award-winning young adult novels. Provost was also a highly sought after writing instructor and published a number of writing advice books including Make Every Word Count (Writers Digest Books, 1980). Read more about Gary Provost at garyprovost.com, a site established and maintained by his wife Gail.
This was a homework assignment I gave to a student.
No, not one of the deepest questions known to people, but just a simple grammar assignment:
to construct one question.
The student produced three words:
Who are you?
This was my response:
“Who are you?” is actually not a simple, easy question at all. You have found one of the most important questions we all know.
We ask this question, but convert it to:
“Who am I?”
And then, this question is directly connected to:
“What is the meaning of life?”
“Who am I?” is a question we ask ourselves in the deepest and darkest times. The answers to it come in bits and pieces when we are happy. It is those challenging times where prove our mettle, our worth, and the value of our deeds. People find what they are made of when a storm swirls around us,
a way out.
“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”
Welcome to our marathon! Today, we will be attempting to answer 100 IELTS part 3 questions without brainstorming or breaks. This article is the beginning of our preparation and podcast on Spotify.
The IELTS exam is separated into three key sections.
3-4 mins | Identity confirmation and surface-level personal information.
3-4 mins | A speaking prompt card and a 90-120 second speech.
3-4 mins | Question and Answer segment.
Good luck! If you’re taking the test soon and need to prepare, try asking yourself these questions in a blitz format to train yourself. If you’re able to give a semi-decent, understandable answer to each one, you’re on your way to getting the score you need.
Each part 3 answer should include a paraphrase of the question, a point, supporting details for the point, and a conclusion/opinion/analysis.
Don’t feel limited to 30 seconds per question. Speak your mind and develop complete thoughts. Stop if you’re done and ready for the next question. If you’re still going and have the examiner’s attention, and your answer is strong, keep going for up to a minute.
What are the main environmental problems in your country?
Why should people be concerned about the environment?
How can people protect the environment?
Do you think money should be spent on protecting animals?
Do you think more should be done to protect natural beauty spots in your country?
What can a government do to encourage people not to harm the environment?
In what different ways can people keep in touch with each other?
How important do you think it is to keep in touch with friends? Why/Why not?
Which way of keeping in touch do you think is most popular with young people?
Now let’s consider the ways in which people change as they grow older.
What are the reasons why people change as they grow older?
Do you enjoy giving and receiving gifts? Why or why not?
Who usually gives you gifts?
Who do you give gifts to?
In your country, when do people usually give gifts?
What kinds of gifts do they give?
Do you think gift-giving customs are different now than they were in the past? How?
Do you think they will change in the future? How?
What do you do?
What are your responsibilities?
How many hours do you work each day?
Do you enjoy your work?
Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?
If you could change your job or profession, what would you do?
Describe your education.
What kind of school did you go to as a child?
Did you go to a co-educational school?
What was your favourite subject as a child?
Who was your favourite teacher?
What is the education system like in your country?
Do you think your country has an effective education system?
Do your friends have similar routines?
Do you generally like routines?
Let’s think about how people feel about routines.
Do young people and old people have different attitudes to routines where you live?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of having a daily routine?
What factors influence most people’s daily routines?
Let’s talk about international tourism.
Why do you think people want to visit other countries?
What makes some places very attractive to tourists?
Do people travel abroad more or less than they did in the past? Why/Why not?
Will international tourism increase or decrease in the future? Why?
Let’s think about friends and friendship generally. How do people usually meet new friends where you live?
Is it easier for adults or children to make new friends? Why?
How are relationships with friends different from relationships at work/college?
Is it possible for people to be close friends with their boss or teacher? Why / Why not?
What type of special occasions are generally celebrated in your country?
How important is it for families to celebrate occasions together? Why?
Are family occasions as important today as they were for former generations?
How has the role of elderly people in the family changed in recent times?
In your country, which do people prefer: watching TV or listening to the radio? Why?
What kinds of programs are most popular?
Do men and women tend to like the same kind of programme? Why /Why not?
Some people think that watching TV can be a negative influence. Would you agree?
What kinds of TV programmes about different places are most popular in your country?
Can people learn more about geography from TV than they can from books? Why/Why not?
Do you think TV programmes about different places encourage people to travel themselves? Why/Why not?
For what reasons do you think international travel has increased in recent years?
What kind of foreign TV programmes are popular in your country?
What are the advantages of having foreign-made programmes on TV?
Some people think governments should control the number of foreign-made TV programmes being shown. Do you agree? Why?
What do you think are the qualities of a good children’s TV programme?
In your country, do most grandparents live in the same house as their children and grandchildren? Why/Why not?
What are the advantages and disadvantages for grandparents of living in the same house as their children and grandchildren?
Do you think some people retire from their jobs too early? Why/Why not?
Do people who receive a present usually open it straight away, or do they open it later? Why/Why not?
Which room do families usually spend the most time in? Why?
What types of things do people usually put on the walls of their rooms?
Is it more important for a room to look nice, or to be comfortable? Why?
How can different room colours affect the way people feel?
How often do you get a holiday from work/college?
Do you usually stay at home when you have a holiday, or do you go somewhere? Why/Why not?
What did you do the last time you had a holiday?
Do you wish you had more holidays? Why/Why not?
Do you often watch sports?
Do you do a lot of sports?
What devices do you think will be popular in the future?
Do you think people spend too much money on electronic devices?
In what ways can electronic devices make our lives harder?
What would the world be like without computers?
Should children be taught to use computers at school?
How do you think computers will change in the future?