IELTS READING teaching tip:

Draw your higher level (=band 6+) learners’ attention to the fact that negation may be expressed through LEXICAL means as well (e.g. using antonyms), not only GRAMMATICAL ones (e.g. using ‘auxiliary + not’).

For example,


I enjoy 


I dislike…

I loathe…

I have an aversion to…


I can swim in the ocean no problem…


I’m not able to…

And they may often be COMBINED in a variety of ways too:

Mobile devices MAY CAUSE certain DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS if given to a child under the age of 10.


Having a tablet or a cell phone DOESN’T, in itself MEAN that a child WILL LEARN TO SPEAK LATER.

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