First review what you know about complex noun phrases with this previous post.
In this lesson we will look at an IELTS Speaking Test part 2 task and study two similar answers.
One answer doesn't use complex noun phrases so there is a lot of repetition. This lowers the candidate's band score.
The second answer is a higher band response because it uses complex noun phrases to reduce repetition.
Read the IELTS Speaking Part 2 Question Topic below.
Describe a journey you have been on.
You should say:
|I’m going to tell you about a long journey which I went on last year. I took a trip 1) Kochi in Kerala to Margao in Goa in southern India. My girlfriend and I cycled the 800km route. We had great 2) sea to the west and the mountains to the east along the whole way.|
|I love southern India as there are lots of interesting things to see there. In one place we saw ancient temples 3) of pilgrims 4) came from all over India. In another area we cycled through isolated hills 5) in dense jungle. We saw monkeys and heard wild birds calling. Local people informed us that leopards and big snakes live in the jungle there. We saw a snake 6) the side of the road but it was quite small.|
|We ate lots of delicious 7) by local people. Most people 8) along the way were very friendly. We were tired by the time we got to the end of our journey. The last place we stayed was on a beautiful 9) sparkling water and swaying coconut trees. It was one of the best journeys I have ever been on and someday I would love to go back.|
We hope you can see how using complex noun phrases can improve your English. Try them out yourself by writing out your response to this question in around 150 words. Post it into the comments section below for some free feedback.
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