IELTS and Grammar
Although IELTS does not have a separate module checking you knowledge of English grammar, it is rather important to be precise with the usage of grammar constructions, both in Speaking and in Writing part, as there is a special assessment criterion - Grammatical Range and Accuracy.
Well, let's take the PAST PERFECT SIMPLE tense and find out in what situations we can use it!
In what cases should we use Past Perfect Tense?
1.To describe situations in the past that started earlier than another process.
His uncle was an engineer and uncle's father had also been an engineer.
2. To show the order of events in the past (following phrases can be useful in this case: when, as soon as, by the time, after)
When I moved to Saint Petersburg, 2 of my friend had already lived there.
3. To describe something that had happened before a particular moment in the past. (the following words can be useful in this case: always, sometimes, never, before+ fixed moment)
By the time we reached the city, we had already planned what we were going to do there.
4. When you use reporting verbs to report past events.
My friends told me that they had been to that place long time before.
When to use it in IELTS?
You can use this tense in IELTS writing to describe two maps illustrating the changes between two periods in the past. Besides, you can use it in Speaking, while telling your examiner about your past experience.
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