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Annual – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the academic word list is



The main forms of this word are annual and annually

IELTS candidates should note how this word can be useful in describing figures in a task one report. Some likely combinations include:

the annual growth/increase/decrease

increase annually/decrease annually

the annual total/rate

There are a number of financial/business uses of these words, including:

annual income/salary

annual cost/budget/turnover

annual subscription

Other uses include

annual meeting/conference

annual report

Other related words that are worth noticing are quarter and quarterly to describe periods of 3 month periods

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6 Responses to Annual – IELTS word of the day

  1. sabah February 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    It is helpful , I hope friendly print the daily word if possible, and Thanks,

  2. machaix February 21, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Hi Dominic,

    Shouldn’t quarterly be a word to describe periods of 4 month periods?


    Your website has been very helpful btw! ๐Ÿ˜‰ will be taking my ielts soon, hope I get a high bandscore this time.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dominic Cole February 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

      You need to think of a year being divided into four quarters of 3 months.

  3. machaix February 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Oh yeah, 4 quarters of 3 months. Okay, I get it. Got confused with the sentence structure.

    Thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Nguyen Cuong February 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Hi, many thanks for your effective lessons, but sometimes its hard for me to know where I am in this site. So, can you make a site map pls. Thanks!

    • Dominic Cole February 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Fair comment. The site is well due an overhaul – it has been an ongoing project for a number of years now and has not always grown ‘logically’. My goal for the next few months is to make the system much more rational with fewer/centralised landing pages where you can access the main content from – not least because I have loads of new content to add. Sadly, though, I live with one of world’s slowest connections in that I can not just make, but drink a cup of tea between pages loading!! So, the serious overhaul may need to wait until I am back in the UK and have a fast connection (June 2013).

      I shall see if I can add an interim sitemap that works in the next week or so. But for I suggest you use the HOME button and the front page where most everything is in indexed

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