Some simple phrases are very useful because they are both natural and help with your thinking and organisation.
This is one of them:
(1) “extremely complicated”
(a) use of adverb intensifier: extremely – this is natural.
(b) synonyms for extremely: hugely, very, enormously
(c) used in speaking and writing to give yourself time / at the beginning of an answer to a question that requires thought.
(d) If you use it you MUST then go on to explain it.
e.g. How have attitudes to divorce changed in your country?
“I think it is an extremely complicated question because it varies from group to group: for some people attitudes have changed a lot but for others not very much. It seems to me that…”
Not only a way of speaking or writing – it shows a way of thinking about a question – it helps you to organise your answer.
You can give a simple direct answer to some questions – to others the answer is more complicated. You choose – and this is a good way to introduce the more complicated ones.
NOTE: the emphasis is content – it is what you are saying that is really important.
Read the 3 IELTS questions from Part 3 of the Speaking test:
(1) What kind of possessions show status in your country?
(2) Do you think consumerism is a positive or negative development?
(3) How do you think the Internet will affect buying patterns in the future?
Listen to my answer to question 2:
Answer the questions: speaking or writing. Practise them.
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