Walk is present tense but should be past to maintain consistency within the time frame (yesterday); rode is past, referring to an action completed before the current time frame.
The MCA, among other things, regulated entry into the trucking business. The Motor Carrier Act made it difficult for new trucking companies to enter the market by imposing entry regulations requiring firms to obtain ICC certificates of convenience and necessity to operate in interstate markets. Firms already in operation were "grandfathered" into the industry. New trucking firms, however, were required to undertake a complicated, expensive, and sometimes lengthy application process. Incredibly enough, one of the express purposes of the act was to "eliminate wasteful and destructive competition." Obviously, the economic rationale for the two laws - the SBA of 1953 and the MCA of 1935 - are diametrically opposed, at least on the surface. By now, the reader should have smelled a rat. The rest of the website will be spent revealing it.
A universal truth is always true. That's part of its being universal. Weexpress this by casting such statements in the present tense: "The earth'sgravity hold us on the planet's surface." To put such a statement into thepast sets us adrift among the heavenly bodies. The same rule applies whenwriting about literature. Huck is always floating down the Mississippi, andAhab is always chasing the white whale. Of course, there will be times whenwriting about the sequence of events in a book that you will have to use atense other than the present, but keep your base tense the present tense:"It turns out to be true that Gatsby had been an officer during thewar."
Below are some common sentences and phrases to avoid in IELTS writing task 2. These sentences have been overused in IELTS essay writing or are considered to be learned expressions which are not accepted by the examiner.
Even an essay that does not explicitly tell a story involves implied time frames for the actions discussed and states described. Changes in verb tense help readers understand the temporal relationships among various narrated events. But unnecessary or inconsistent shifts in tense can cause confusion.
It is a good idea to use a range of tenses in IELTS writing task 2. Using conditionals is common. Go through my model essays and see the range of tenses I use. (Don’t worry about typos – I make plenty myself).
You should use a range of tenses. Using second conditionals is something most students should do. You can use prefect tenses, noun phrases, clauses – anything to show your range of grammar and your accuracy as well. See my advanced lessons to learn more about the techniques for a high score:
I also agree that we should use natural and easy-to-understand language. But maybe some examiner thinks some big words in the essay can demonstrate the variety of vocabulary. Actually that’s a superficial habit.
To me, it is more straight forward and fair, that no matter how often they see a particular expression, this does not affect the score negatively as long as the essay satisfy above 4 aspects….
but I am bit confused if this is the case that examiner marks in a manner that changes upon just how frequently he/she sees the expression on even other examinees’ essays….just my thought.
Does this mean that IELTS examiners are, to some extent, giving different marks on how often they see particular expressions/vocabularies rather than purely considering 4 criteria (Cohesion/Task Response/Grammar/Vocabulary)?
What is fascinating about this novel is that it opens up with a scene of perpetual misfortune for him through the death of his mother although he seems to express otherwise....
This writer uses the present tense to describe the appearance of a dragonfly on a particular July morning. However, both past and future tenses are called for when she refers to its previous actions and to its predictable activity in the future.
Inappropriate shifts from past to present, such as those that appear in the above paragraph, are sometimes hard to resist. The writer becomes drawn into the narrative and begins to relive the event as an ongoing experience. The inconsistency should be avoided, however. In the sample, will should be would, and rise should be rose.
I was practicing task 2 essay and feel fine with it….until I saw this article. If I begin with :
“Living in the era where advanced technology play significant role in the world, computers are expected to shift people’s role in various job field.”
as the FIRST sentence (it still less than 50 words in total with thesis statement combined), is it still considered to be overused/expression as per you said in point number 2 and 3?