January 30, 2011

3 Tips for Expressing a Preference in IELTS Speaking

Good afternoon!

In Speaking part 1 you will encounter questions that would require you to show your choice, inclination, or predisposition toward certain things, circumstances, or situations. In other words, you will need to express a preference. Here are some things to remember:

1. If you need to express a general preference, use "I prefer."

Example: "I prefer sneakers to flip flops."

2. If you have to show a specific preference or express hypothetical situations, use "I'd prefer" or "I'd rather."

Example: "I'd rather log in to Facebook." or "I'm used to riding jeepneys and taxis but I'd prefer having my own car."

3. Finally, in IELTS speaking, it's better to use the expressions "I'd prefer", "I'd rather" instead of their longer counterparts "I would prefer" or "I would rather".

Next week you'll see tips when it comes to narrating in IELTS speaking.

Cheers. :)

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