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996.  A New Building  (Sep 2019)

997.  An Insect You Hate  (Sep 2019)   UNCONFIRMED TOPIC

 

 

 

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996.  A New Building  (Sep 2019)

A) Describe a new building you would like to visit.

or

B) Describe a new public building you would like to visit.

               You should say:

 where it is

 when it was built

 what it looks like

 how you know about it *

 and explain why you would like to visit it.

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Notes

  • What is the difference between A & B? Not much. A public building is basically one that you can enter, unlike a private building such as someone's home. If the card just says A then it would be possible to say that you would like to visit a new private home or building but just look at it from the outside, without entering it.

  • "New" could be any building that was built in, say, the past 5 years. That's relatively new. It doesn't have to be a building that was built this year, but it could be.

  • Although it is possible to "visit" a building by just standing outside it and not going inside, it might be best to describe a building that you would also like to enter.

  • This refers to a building that you have not actually visited or entered yet. However, it is possible to say that you have been there (visited it) before and would like to visit it again. If you say that. mention why you'd like to visit it again.

  • This topic is strongly testing your ability to accurately make sentences of the type, "If + past tense + would + verb". For example, "If I went there I would certainly take many photographs." Understand that, "would + verb" is more than, "would like to +verb".

  • The term, "public building" does not only refer to government buildings that the general public can enter to conduct business with the government such as applying for a passport. One particular train station, for example, could be called a "public building". Even a privately-owned building such as a cinema that the public pays to use is also a "public building". Even a public toilet in a park could be called a public building! You could even tell the examiner that you would like to visit (use) that building right now! :) In your Part 2 answer, it would be a good idea to say a few words (not too much) to explain how your choice of a building is a "public building".

  • All buildings are structures that are built. But not all structures that are built are "buildings". For example, the Great Wall of China is a structure but not a building. A building has one or more doors that allow people to go inside it. The Forbidden City in Beijing is not a building - it's a group of buildings.

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Part 3

(Public) Buildings in Your Country

Old & New Buildings

People's Homes

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997.  An Insect You Hate  (Sep 2019)   UNCONFIRMED TOPIC

Describe an insect you hate.

               You should say:

 ..................

 .................

 .................

   and explain what features of it you hate.

 

           

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Describe ....................

               You should say:

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 and explain .......................

 

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999.

Describe ....................

               You should say:

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1000.

Describe ....................

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 and explain .......................

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Note 1

Do you think itís necessary to rebuild old buildings?

The word "rebuild" has been reported for this question but that might be a mistake. A building is only rebuilt after it has been demolished. Sometimes buildings are dismantled and moved to another location and rebuilt there, to look exactly like they did originally.

Instead of "rebuild", the word, "maintain" might be used in this question. "Repair' could be used when you are talking about a building that has not been maintained Ė we "repair" something that is damaged, or broken or, in the case of buildings, we often use the word, "dilapidated".

Note 2

Should the government build more new buildings, or should they preserve more historical buildings?

For questions such as this that only ask about the responsibilities of government (i.e., preservation), it is very possible to include in your answer the fact that private companies can (or might be able to) do what the question asks (preservation).

 Although you should answer the question, it would also be suitable for you to include a general statement about what you think the responsibilities of government are, and are not. "Government", of course, can refer to local government (town or city), provincial government or national government.

A key point in this question is that "historical" buildings more or less "belong to" all the citizens of a country or a particular location. In this case, governments would probably be more suitable for assuming the responsibility of preserving these buildings than private enterprises, although a government could assume a lot of responsibility by having a large amount of control over what any private company does when preserving an historical building.

Of course, there are differences between simply "an old building" and, "an historical building".

Note 3

In general, do you prefer old or new buildings?

For any "prefer" questions, avoid simply using the word, "like" to directly answer this question, such as, "I like new buildings". Use "prefer". You can "like" both old & new buildings but which do you like more (= prefer)?