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IELTS Writing Task 2: complex isn't complicated

 A colleague of mine, Pete, wrote a useful comment below one of my recent lessons. I'm sharing it here because I think too many people have the wrong idea about complex sentences.

Here's the important part of what Pete wrote:


I think it's worth noting that complex sentences are not always complicated sentences, or even long ones.

Here's an example of a complex sentence: Pete doesn't play football now because he's too old. This isn't a complicated sentence.


So, complex sentences aren't difficult, and I'm sure you use them all the time. If you want to improve your grammar score, stop worrying about 'complex structures'. Instead, work on gradually learning from your mistakes. Accuracy is more important, and more difficult, than structures.

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