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Label – IELTS word of the day

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Today’s word from the Academic Word List is



This word can be used both as a verb and as a noun. It has a variety of fairly technical usages to describe the world about us, but can also be used in general English:


many consumers are attracted by designer labels (fashion)

there are an increasing number of independent labels (record companies) that are competing with the major labels

for example, many supermarkets have launched their own label produce (same as own brand)

Physical labels

a luggage label/ a clothes label/an address label


This is the more general use of the word – meaning “called”

This behaviour is often labelled as anti-social behaviour

These people are sometimes given the label “economic migrants”


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4 Responses to Label – IELTS word of the day

  1. Maryam Fayez March 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Dear Dominic; It is just a benefit to get mails of these useful lessons from you, however I see a point in today’s lesson which is worth being considered once more. As you know an adjective doesn’t appear in plural form and sometimes a noun modifier is used in the role of an adjective and carries the same rules which adjectives do. In the phrase you have mentioned today,”a clothes label”, Is clothes considered as a collective noun?Does it have any singular form?

    • Dominic Cole March 27, 2013 at 7:03 am #

      Interesting point. Try these clothes horse, clothes basket, clothes line etc ( think also of media centre). Clothes is by definition a plural word, you would need to go for “an article of clothing” or something similar to get a singular form.

      We tend to be very relaxed about noun combinations and their “rules” are obscure to say the least. For example, you can check various common combinations in mainstream dictionaries (produced by major publishers) and the same word will be hyphenated, a compound noun or two separate words. It is a language driven by descriptive use much more than prescriptive rules. Tough to teach.

  2. Akylbek March 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Good morning,
    Dear Dominic, could you tell me your exactly time zone. Maybe it seems the strange question nowadays when i could find it by myself, however i would be thankful if you reply back.
    With best regards.
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    • Dominic Cole March 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

      Shanghai time until June/July then back to the UK. Think that’s GMT +8.

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