A set of expression that has been overly used, trite and unoriginal is called hackneyed phrases. There are several ways to prepare yourself for IELTS exam, however in the end IELTS is the test to know your English skills.
Most of the students try to memorize phrases or formulas in order to score high band but often they do a mistake of using the memorized phrases in unsuitable situation results low score in IELTS mark sheet. Obviously, the examiner wants to read your own words not others so, it better not to memorize phrases for IELTS exam.
Examiner have to read number of essays and they get bored when they read repeated words or clichéd IELTS phrases.
Let’s look some hackneyed phrases used by most of the IELTS candidates:
“With the development of modern technology….”
This phrase is often used by candidates in IELTS examination which makes examiners go crazy. This phrase may be suitable for an essay about developing technology, but if the essay is not about the development topic, the phrase is unsuitable. For instance the question is Do you think students have too much homework? And if you began your essay with the development of modern technology you’ll probably lose your marks. This phrase includes all the variants “With the development of society” so I highly recommend students to avoid using this phrase on IELTS.
“As we all know….”
There is nothing that we all actually know. There are people with different opinions and there is always a disagreement in a particular idea. You cannot use this phrase to follow the statement that would be true. In addition, this phrase has been overly used by number of candidates and has grown annoying for examiners.
“Every coin has two sides…”
Though it is an English idiom, it is also an IELTS clichéd. There is another phrase with similar meaning “A doubled-edge sword” which is mostly misspoken by English learners as “Every knife has two edges”. It is simply too hackneyed are not suitable for IELTS academic essays. You can use “There is a sides in every story” but still it’s a clichéd.
“Last but not the least…” or “In a nutshell…”
Candidates mostly include these two phrases to conclude their essays and sound more natural, however they are too formal for academic purpose. Candidates cannot be too formal while writing academic essay as you are encouraged to include your own experience. Last but not the least is used point the last member of a group in order to avoid the feeling of offended by being introduced at last – not to summarize the points in your essay. Instead you can simply use “last” or “lastly”. Again in a nutshell is a casual phrase that cannot be used in academic essays.
“It cannot be denied….”
This phrase is mostly used to give opinions. Most of the students use this phrase like this: “It cannot be denied that there are too many homework for the students”. If we ask this question to ourselves, is it that cannot be really denied? No! There is nothing 100% certain in this world, and there is always a space for dispute. Even though the examiner will know what you are trying to say, you’re not using the correct word for your idea.
“broaden my horizons….”
There are so many ways that you can express the value of learning a new thing and gaining a deeper insight of the world. However, because of the overused of the phrase makes the examiner to yawn or scream out of an anger while checking the papers.
“Since the beginning of time….”
This is the example of clear copied phrase as this phrase is never used in correct situation. Do we really know when did the time began? And do your other statement in your essay fill the gap between then and now? Undoubtedly not! Usage of this phrase makes the examiner know that you actually don’t know what you are saying.
“more and more…”
Most of the time we see this phrase mentioned in IELTS questions, however you should never copy the words from the question otherwise you’ll sound like a parrot! Furthermore, students use this phrase inaccurately in their essay.
Conclusion: IELTS exam is to test your English ability so try to use your own words not others while writing task 2 of an IELTS. Practice lots of writing task before you give IELTS exam. Rewriting same essay multiple time is very beneficial to improve your writing skills.
Best of luck for your upcoming examination.