Compare and contrast your FCE reviews

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FCE Writing Part One/ FCE Speaking Part Two

Try to find similarities and differences between two FCE Writing Part Two review answers, for example the ones you and your partner wrote for homework or two model answers. Use as many phrases from below as you can to make those comparisons. You can also talk about the process you went through to write them, the difficulties you had, etc.

Possible topics:

The finished answer

Information included                                               Length

Paragraphing/ Organisation                                  Starting and ending

How positive or negative you were                       Vocabulary

Formality

The process   

Difficulties writing                                                                  Timing (time for planning, editing, etc)

Extra work after the time limit

 

Brainstorm suitable phrases for the task above into the gaps below

Similarities Contrasting Comparing


Use the gapped sentences below to help with the task above, then check with the answer key under the fold.

Similarities Contrasting Comparing
Both A _________________ B…

A…, and B … _______________.

A… and so… B.

A… and B… _____________ well.

A and B ________________ (very/ quite/ fairly) similar because…

___________________ main similarity between A and B is…

The ___________________ obvious/ important/ apparent similarity between A and B is…

A/ One similarity between A and B (which stands ____________) is…

Like A, B…

One thing that A and B have ________________ common is…

A and B are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) similar, _________________ example…

A…, ____________ B…

A…, but B…

Unlike A, B…

The main difference _________ A and B is…

The most obvious/ important/ apparent _____________ between A and B is…

A/ One difference between A and B (______ stands out) is…

Only A/ B…

A… _____________ contrast, B…

A and B are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) different __________ terms of/ because…

A is (much/ quite _________ lot/ a bit)… er than B.

A is (much/ quite a lot/ a bit) more/ less… than B.

A isn’t(nearly) as… __________ B.

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Suggested answers

Similarities Contrasting Comparing
Both A and B…

A… and B … too.

A… and so… B.

A… and B… as well.

A and B are (very/ quite/ fairly) similar because…

The main similarity between A and B is…

The most obvious/ important/ apparent similarity between A and B is…

A/ One similarity between A and B (which stands out) is…

Like A, B…

One thing that A and B have in common is…

A and B are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) similar, for example…

A and B are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) similar in terms of/ because…

A…, whereas B…

A…, but B…

Unlike A, B…

The main difference between A and B is…

The most obvious/ important/ apparent difference between A and B is…

A/ One difference between A and B (which stands out) is…

Only A/ B…

A… In contrast, B…

A and B are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) different, for example…

A and B are (quite/ very/ really/ really quite) different in terms of/ because…

A is (much/ quite a lot/ a bit)… er than B.

A is (much/ quite a lot/ a bit) more/ less… than B.

A isn’t(nearly) as… as B.

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