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The purpose of an Explanation is to demonstrate or develop understanding of the object of study, and the ability to describe and/or account for its significance.


Hi peter,iwould like to ask you about how i can write a sighment in agood way and also another qustion is important to use the tenses in writing.

hi sir

still your are my teacher so that i have a doubts about this "" in and on "" may i know about the correct usage of upper mentioned items. if it has hold any past or future meaning ? i am very doubt about that so please help me.

Hi vishak mv,

These are prepositions of time (e.g. 'in the summer', 'on Tuesday') and place (e.g. 'in the house', 'on the street'). As such, they have no inherent time reference and can be used with reference to the past, present or future.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

hello friends, i am an elementary student in English and am going to improve my writing can you help me, it is necessary to note i can read text easily but writing a text is very hard for me,
thanks a lot.

Is there anyone who could help me with my Task 1 and Task 2 Academic in IELTS?is there any format that I need to follow?thanks

Hi sheilajoy,

You can find a great deal of information about the IELTS exam format, plus tips and advice, practice exercises and sample answers, on the British Council's TakeIELTS pages.  Go through the Preparation section and use the links to explore the site.  For example, you can find information on the exam format and links to individual papers here.

I hope that helps to answer your question.

Best wishes and good luck,



The LearnEnglish Team 

I am very week to speak English but I can write some line in English . Now I want to improve to my English grammar ,Speaking power and also writing, could you please suggest me what can I do ? from where I start the learning for improving my self .

I hope your kind suggestions will be helpful for me .

Waheed Baloch

Hello Waheed Baloch,

Grammar, writing and speaking - that's a lot of things to work on!

To improve your grammar I suggest you use our Grammar and Vocabulary section, where you can work on specific areas that you wish to improve.  Think about your strengths and weaknesses, and try to improve the latter using the appropriate exercises. Remember also that the various texts in our Listen & Watch section have grammar exercises with them, so take a look at that section too.

As far as writing goes, it's important to remember that how to write depends upon what kind of writing you want to do, for what purpose you are writing and who the recipient is.  Different kinds of writing require different different language and different ways of organising the text, so take a look at as many different texts as you can.  In general, to improve your writing it's important to read and write as much as you can, so keep an eye out for good examples of letters, articles and so on.  Using the internet to read magazines and newspapers, and other text-types from online media, is a good idea.If possible, you should get feedback from a teacher or knowledgeable friend on your writing. Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to give users individualised feedback on their writing, but you can still use LearnEnglish to do some work on your own.  You can respond to other users in the comment sections to carry on a written conversation, just as I am responding to you now. Good writers learn from reading other writers' texts, so you could learn a lot about writing from reading the content on the site. The Magazine might be a good place to start if this interests you. You can also of course carry on written conversations there in the comments.  On the other hand, if you are interested in academic writing, then our Writing for a Purpose section might be what you are looking for.Whatever you do, try to spend at least 15 minutes several days per week reading and/or writing. When you have doubts, ask a friend or teacher, or you're also welcome to ask us periodically here by using the comments sections on each page, and we'll be happy to try to answer your questions.

Speaking and listening obviously go hand in hand.  While it's hard to give specific advice without knowing how you speak at the moment, there are some general suggestions that I can make which will help you to improve over time.  The most important thing you can do is to speak English as often as possible.  To do this a partner is very helpful, so think about the people you know and consider if any of them could be a practice partner for you.  It may be that you know someone else who is also learning English and who would like to practise with you, or perhaps you know some people who do not speak your language but do speak English.  However, if you do not have a practice partner it does not mean that you cannot practise because it is possible to practise alone.  Just speaking English to yourself while you are at home, going about your normal daily activities, can help a great deal with your fluency and can help you to feel more confident, which will help you to cut down your hesitating.You can also use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish to improve both your listening and speaking. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency.  You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, firs of all, your writing English excellent so in point of view what is the best way to start wiring English? should i study all grammar or reading or listing because each one has got wide field. relay i am confusing from where the beginning. therefore, guide us please.

Hello abdulrhman,

I'd recommend you read the advice on improving your writing on our Help page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team