IELTS Preparation Series 2, Episode 14: Termites
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Hello. I'm Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation.
Today, we're going to talk about tenses, and different ways of making comparisons.
Choosing the best tense for formal writing, including your IELTS essay, is important,
and so is being consistent.
We're going to start by listening to an ecologist talking about termites in tropical Australia.
What verb tense does she use?
This is another species of termite that we have here in the Territory, and this species
is nesuta termes graviolis and as you can tell, it nests in trees and their nests are
nice and round around the higher branches of the tree, and then they build these little
runways, what we call carton runways, that run all the way from the nest, all the way
down to the base of the tree, and the idea here is the termites just use them as shelter
so they're not exposed to predators and not exposed to the hot sun. So they travel down
through these tunnels and that allows them to access food resources on the ground.
So here in tropical Australia, termites are actually the major decomposer insect and they
also play a really important role in conditioning the soil, much like earthworms do, so they
help to turn over the soil, to create new soil and to increase the porosity of the soil.
Termites are the major decomposer insect.
They play a really important.
They help to turn over the soil.
She used the simple present tense form of verbs: are, play, and help.