Should you use formal or informal vocabulary in your IELTS writing and speaking?
For example, in IELTS writing task 2 and speaking, should you use…
- kids or children
- teens or teenagers?
IELTS Writing Task 2
You should always use formal vocabulary in your IELTS essay. This means you can’t use “kids” or “teens”, you must use “children” or “teenagers”. If you use informal vocabulary, you will be marked down.
Your IELTS speaking test is informal. All parts are informal. Part 1 is based on short answers questions, part 2 is a talk and part 3 is a discussion. It is all informal, friendly and chatty.
This means you use all kinds of language in your speaking test. You can use children and kids. You can use teens and teenagers.
- children = youngsters, minors
- an infant or a toddler is not a strong paraphrase for child because it refers to only very young children
- teenager = juvenile, adolescent, youth, minor
General Training Writing Task 1
In the General Training test, there are two main types of essays: formal and informal. In an informal letters, which means a letter to a friend or someone you know well (not a boss), you can use informal vocabulary, such as kids and teens. See this page for more tips about GT writing task 1
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