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Decline

Today’s daily academic word is

decline

Notes

This is a key word for any academic IELTS candidate for task 1 summaries. It really to be able to describe trends in time-based charts and graphs in a different way. You should also note that it can mean refuse which may be more useful in general training letter writing.

Related words

All of these words also describe downward trends:

decrease

slip

drop

fall

slump

collapse 

Forms of the word

There is both a noun and verb. This is important because it helps you to vary your language

Using the word

It is important to be accurate when describing trends in IELTS and to do this you want to master these adverbs and adjectives. They help describe more precisely what type of decline you are writing about:

sharp/sharply

steady/steadily

gradual/gradually

slight/slightly

dramatic/dramatically

rapid/rapidly

slow/slowly

significant/significantly

marked/markedly

Example sentences

Note how the word combinations are adjective noun and verb adverb:

The number of women in full-time employment declined steadily during this period . 

There was a steady decline in the number of women in full-time employment during this period.

Other combinations

In general training IELTS, one common type of letter is when you need to say no. Here’s your word:

offer/invitation: I’m afraid that I am going to have to decline your kind offer.

   

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