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Consequence – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the academic word list is



  • This is an extremely important word for IELTS as it allows you to discuss causes and effects
  • The forms of the word that you need are: consequent, consequence and consequently
  • There are a number of prepositions and prepositional phrases you may need here:

the consequences of something for something else
as a consequence of something
something may be done regardless of its consequences
something may be said to be of little or no consequence (ie be unimportant)

  • The main verb you will use is “have”, but you should also be aware of phrases such as “face/suffer the consequences” and “live with the consequences”
  • There many possible adjective combinations: direct/indirect/serious/disastrous/unforeseen/political/social/environmental
  • “Consequent” is a less common word, but “consequent loss” is a fairly common collocation
  • “Consequently” is a useful adverb


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