Grammar in speaking Sentence types
In the IELTS Speaking test, grammar needs to be accurate. Candidates should use a variety of structures. However, in Part 1 of the test, it’s not unnatural to use quite a lot of simple sentences and even short answers. In Parts 2 and 3, however, a candidate is expected to produce compound and complex sentences.
Trouble with verbs
Verb forms and the little words (articles, prepositions, quantifiers etc) cause the most difficulty in speaking. Tense and Aspect. Past, present, and future are different tenses. Simple or continuous, and simple or perfect are different aspects.
• A Five speaks mainly in the present tense, and mainly in the simple.
• A Six uses a variety of tenses and has a grasp of aspect, but makes quite a few mistakes.
• Only a Seven understands the system, and is nearly always correct.