When studying English, most students spend a lot of time working on verbs and not much time working on nouns. However, in writing many students struggle (find it difficult) to express themselves well because of little ability to form complex noun phrases.
Here at IELTSTutors.org we want you to be fully prepared for the IELTS test so we dedicate a lot of time to focusing on this tricky area of grammar. Review what you know by rereading our previous post - complex noun phrases 1 - on this subject, then complete the quiz below.
Complex Noun Phrases Quiz
Join the sentences by typing the missing words to make one sentence using a noun phrase.
A company sold cars in November. The sales fell.
One sentence with a noun phrase:
[Sales of cars] fell in November.
[The number of cars sold] fell in November
[The number of cars sold by the company] fell in November
Note: The complex noun phrase is 'sales of cars' or 'the number of cars sold (by the company)'. Notice that grammatically, we use a complex noun phrase like a single noun, so we could replace the whole complex noun phrase with 'it': It fell in November. (But only of course if we have already said what 'it' is earlier in the text.)
Complete the sentences with a noun phrase
When you are reading IELTS passages or texts for native speakers, see if you can spot complex noun phrases. I guarantee that you will start to notice them everywhere. Make sure to use complex noun phrases to improve the complexity and conciseness (accuracy and directness) of your grammar in both speaking and writing.
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