In the IELTS listening test candidates sometimes struggle because MATCHING QUESTIONS require that they notice certain more ABSTRACT ideas and NOTIONS in the recording, such as ‘rejecting an idea’.

Being able to do this often requires a GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING of what is being talked about.

Which of the following ARE abstract NOTIONS? And which 3 AREN’T?

a bird

a cause

a claim

a common example

a condition

a household appliance

an illness

a logical conclusion

a recommendation

a solution

a suggestion

an effect

an everyday problem

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