IELTS Vocabulary: Paraphrasing Tips

This lesson focuses on IELTS vocabulary and paraphrasing problems. Many students try so hard to paraphrase a word that they are actually making too many mistakes which will lower their band score. This lesson explains how to be careful with paraphrasing and avoid losing marks.

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  1. Very helpful video.

  2. Rahul Sharma says:

    Hello Liz,
    I must thank you for your exemplary work. I have one question” is the kind of vocabulary you use in your lessons is good enough to achieve band score 7.5 or above ?”

  3. santosh hirve says:

    Dear Liz , i am so lucky person that God sent to you for solve of queries related to IELTS exam. And now my question is that approx. how many words could be write in introduction part of Writing task- o1 & 02.

  4. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for sharing your myriad experience with us.
    Really appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Can i paraphrase age group 0-14 as young, 15-59 as adult and 60+ as elderly/old people

    • Not “young” but you can use “the youngest group”. You can only use this if you introduce all age groups fully in your introduction.

  6. dear teacher

    could you please tell me how to take notes for the speaking part 2 (1min preparation time) effectively?

    • Make any notes you want to help you remember your plans for your talk. Don’t write sentence because there isn’t time. Just jot down words (trigger words) to guide you. Your task is to go beyond the prompts given by adding extra details, past memories, comparisons, future hopes etc – so jot down ideas for that information as well.

      • I watched a video on the internet telling students that also write down some academic vocabularies. then my time always not enough. I would like to know how much academic vocabulary should a student use then he can be considered “used a wide range of vocabulary”?
        What’s more, I had a mock speaking test (only part2) the other day, and there is “there are fillers noted”, how should I improve this?

        Thank you.

        • The speaking test is informal – it not academic. There is one speaking test which is the same for GT and Academic students. It is not an academic speaking test, it is an informal chat with the examiner.

  7. Dear Teacher,

    Can i use “folks” instead of people? is it a correct word to use in between sentences, or without paraphrase the word “people” just continue to use, this word when i write for essays (Writing Task – 2)

  8. Sweta Rawal says:

    Liz you are just amazing!!!!
    I would really recommend all to go for the advanced easy videos by you they are really nice and very helpful!

  9. Wonderful site. It’s lovely to find someone who actually understands English well AND is willing to devote time to sharing that knowledge with the world. I am naturally sceptical of anything on the net, especially when it comes to teaching English, but your site is a refreshing change. The video on paraphrasing succinctly demonstrates both the richness and the depth of the language. I look forward to watching more.

  10. Thank you to provide these useful tools, Liz.

  11. Khurshand Bhathena says:

    This is really very helpful Liz!! Whoever said free stuff cannot be good lied. Thanks a million Liz your blog is really very helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Fida Adra says:

    Hello Liz,
    Can we use the word juvenile for the teenager crimes?
    Thank you

  13. Hi Liz,
    Please, IELTS test considering British English spelling or American?
    As I see that spelling for some words is different
    Favorite American
    Favourite British
    Or both will be correct?

    Thank You

  14. Hello,

    In your video, the people synonym second example the one talking about traffic, can I replace the word human with society members or community members?

    Thank you

    • It’s best not to try and paraphrase the word “people” too often. This word will be repeated and it is a normal part of the English language. Aim to paraphrase other words. Successful paraphrasing is knowing which words to paraphrase and which words to keep the same.

      • Lovesimran says:

        Can we paraphrase people by masses .

        Swiftly by leaps and bounds.

        • People are people. It sounds like you are trying to impress the examiner – big mistake. It won’t help your score. Your suggestions are not appropriate. It would be better to spend your time learning the right techniques instead.

  15. Good day Liz.

    Thank you for the sacrificial work you are doing. Kindly confirm if the calculation for band score of ielts academics is different from general.. what is the difference between academics and general?

    Tthank you.

    • There is no difference in the scoring of GT and Academic IELTS, except for task 1 which contains slight different criteria for Task Achievement.

  16. Thanku Liz thanks for ur support I must say u r helping me alot in improving my vocabulary and ur all videos are so much useful in ilets preparation

  17. Hi Liz,

    I’m doing GT exam and your essay writing tips are really helpful. learned a lot from it. Thaks for your great service.
    Could you please tell me how to write a conclusion?


    • Your conclusion usually summarises / restates your main points or your position. It can be one sentence or two.

  18. Ath.eyes says:

    Thanks you so much for this sharing <3

  19. muhammadbilal says:

    Hi dear mam, i want to receive your daily free lesson but i am facing more trouble and not receiving lesson

    • I don’t post lessons each day. If you don’t get the emails, just come and check my site. The recent posts are listed in the right hand column of my site or, if you use a mobile phone, at the bottom of each page.

  20. hii everyone i want to improve my speaking and it may be helpful if i get speaking partner.

  21. Tomorrow is my LWR. I have prepared well but i am scared.

  22. Hi everyone I want to improve my speaking skills and I need english partner too

  23. I just can’t thank you enough!!

  24. Very useful content.

    Thank you

  25. Obiapuna Mikel says:

    All I want to say is a BIG thank you ,this your website is super helpful to me. Please keep up with the good work.

  26. Hi Liz
    My speaking and writing skills are weak, can I find a partner for improving speaking via your website?

    • Hello dear,I’m also Ielts student,u can practice with me,via email or Whattsapp

    • hi I am mitch. just like you my skills are also weak and I really need to practice. I was wondering maybe we can help each other because I am also reviewing for my upcoming IELTS exam.

      • I want to practice my speaking too with anyone interested. I want to improve my skills. Thank you..

        • I want to practice my speaking with you , I’m also ilets’s student using whattsapp or skype .. this is my phone number 0201141895349

          • Muhammad Saqib says:

            Hy everyone, I am SAQIB, I also want to improve my speaking ability. I am a student and repeater of IELTS . Would anyone like to help me;

          • kindly help me, my speaking is also need to practice a lot. i have no friends who can be my english partner.

  27. Thank you, Liz!
    But, I have a question concerning a word “youth”. Why did you use the word in plural while defining it as uncountable?

  28. Nabin Pathak says:

    problem in speaking.How to improve?

  29. hi
    Iam going to attend the IELTS test soon. Your tips are of great help.
    Thank you Liz

  30. CHANDAN S says:

    This is chandan, I started my IELTS coaching classes four days back. I started with speaking, but i found many difficulties. Can you please help me..

  31. adithya says:

    should we write both the “BACK GROUND STATEMENT” AND “THESIS STATEMENT” in introduction ?

  32. I’m really confused by this. Of course you can say ‘youth crime’; it’s an extremely common way of talking about crime committed by young people!?

  33. navan badesha says:

    hello liz
    i have given ielts test twice.
    first time i scored Listening 7
    Reading 6
    writing 6
    speaking 7
    second time i got L 8.5 R 8.5 writing 6 speaking 7
    i need 7 in writing. I have found your lessons very informative and heplful
    please guide me how can i get band 7 in writing.

  34. AlireZa says:

    Hi Liz,

    I’m going to take the IELTS exam next Saturday and your tips are very useful for my last-minute study. Many thanks ๐Ÿ™‚
    A question! You said that the expression ‘youth crime’ is completely wrong, but I’ve seen this combination frequently on the internet and also in IELTS practice books. Could you explain the reasons for that?

  35. Deepak Subedi says:

    hey liz i have given ielts exam two times but there is not progress just i brought band five also two times. I am big troubling because i need band 6 or 6.5. how to be success in ielts and get band 6 or 6.5 please help me.

  36. Hi liz, I took ielts last february and I got 6.5 in writing. Can you help to get a 7? Thanks

  37. Respected Liz,
    How would you paraphrase the word ‘average’ in this sentence: ” The graph shows the average cost of housing in rural, urban and suburban areas in 2000 and 2010″.

  38. hey liz you are doing a great job by keeping the tips for ielts in your blog it is very useful for all,i have a problem in listening that to mainly in the choose the correct answer type question
    it seems that the speaker is mentioning all the three options so how can i recognize the correct answer can you give me the tips for these type of issues

  39. Dear liz,
    Thanks for your help in your site, if it is possible please put transcripts of this video coz I have problem to watch, I cannot open video and always read transcripts.



    • I’m so sorry but I don’t have transcripts available. You could try and read the automatic transcript on youtube but it isn’t accurate and often uses incorrect words.
      All the best

  40. Dhrupad jaiswal says:

    Liz you are Awesome !!! Very Good Job Done by you…..Your Videos are very helpful to me and my friends !!! Great…. But can you plz explain briefly Task 1 pie chart , tabular form so on as well as task 2 introduction and conclusion …please

  41. Could you send me some synonyms using to paraphase?
    Many thanks.

  42. Hi Liz,
    I need to give general ielts test. So, I could not find out reading tests for it on your blog. Where these are?
    Kindly help me.

    • You can find reading tests for GT IELTS on the BC website and IELTS official website. However, you can practice with all my exercises and tips becuase the question types are the same for both tests.
      All the best

  43. Girish Soni says:

    Hi Liz,

    Today only I started browsing this site, your writing task2 videos and blogs are really very helpful. Many thanks for the wonderful work. keep posting.


  44. Kaushal says:

    Hi Liz,

    I have come across three types of paraphrasing techniques
    1. using synonyms
    2. changing just the verb tense
    3. changing the structure of the sentence, i.e. from active to passive

    however, technique to doesn’t sound convincing enough..

    what are your thoughts on second point ?

    • Yes, all these techniques are ways of altering the language to make it your own. They all show the examiner skills in English to adapt language. Changing the structure of the sentence can also mean altering the word order. You should only change from active to passive voice if it is appropriate. For example, it is common to do that with diagrams for writing task 1 and in some cases for writing task 2. But only when appropriate.
      All the best

      • thanks for your prompt resonse.

        can we have a more model essays on this website ? as of now I could only find 2 essays for each structure type.

        your model essays that I have gone through are very easy to comprehend.

        Leaving me wanting for more

        • last week I gave IELTS here in Sydney, Australia. this was the essay question:

          number of companies that are selling their products across the countries are increasing. does this phenomenon have more advantages or disadvantages ?

        • I will post more essays over time. Presently I’m focusing on filming and editing videos. My next free video will be released on Monday.
          All the best

  45. sagar vinnu says:

    Dear liz,
    I’m from India…you are online lessons are very helpful.. In fact, they gave me clear idea about ielts skills required..very thankful for your endorsement!!

  46. hello liz
    can you update task 1 which has two charts

  47. Is there any difference between the Reading Task of Academic and General IELTs test? If yes, may I know what are the differences?

    I am appearing for IELTs General exam, and would like to practice more Reading (General) practice tests.

    Will you please help me out by providing some General Practices?

  48. Adel Tenbellaa says:

    Dear Liz,
    Many thanks for your incredible efforts to be part of our academic achievement by making such useful videos. Actually, I am willing to apply for an IELTS test within two months therefore, I’ve been watching all your videos and replies on your website and I am not going to depend on or use any books or other websites as I can tell for sure that I am going to achieve a higher band as long as I follow every single publication and video you make.

    Thanks again and wish me all the best for my test.
    Your student

    • Hi Adel,

      I’m sure you will find plenty of useful tips and lessons on my site. However, I am just about to take a break from working on this site. So, feel free to read as much as you can about IELTS but I won’t be around to help for a few weeks.
      All the best

  49. Hi liz,
    Could you please provide some materials regarding general task 1 and task 2

    • Hi,

      All writing task 2 lessons are suitable for both GT and academic paper. For GT writing task 1, there are two lessons available. Please look at the home page, left hand column for the tag cloud – look for the word “letter” and click on it.
      All the best

  50. Dear Liz,

    It is a very useful video lesson indeed!
    IELTS exam takers might find it difficult to tell the difference between synonyms, and as a result, might end up losing points.

    • That’s right. It can be challenging which is why the higher band score students do better with paraphrasing. Paraphrasing is a skill which needs to be learned.
      All the best

  51. Dear Liz. I have a question. My acquantances are twins. They look like each other very much. Is it correct to say? People mix them up or people confuse her with her sister. What verb is better to use when i talk about their similarities?

    • Hi, it’s all fine. All sentences and possibilities work. Very good language to use for your IELTS speaking.
      All the best

  52. kyumsun says:

    Hum~! This is really helpful~! Thanks so much~!

  53. Dear Liz,

    Thank you very much for this lesson. It is absolutely useful for me. I do appreciate your support and generosity.


  54. Dear Teacher,

    Thanks a Trillion for this very very very helpful video on Paraphrasing ๐Ÿ™‚

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