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Apparent – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the academic word list is



The main forms of this word are apparent and apparently

These two words are highly useful in academic writing, particularly to comment on facts. One very common usage is to use

it is apparent that

as a variation to it is clear that. Again, apparently can be used to comment to facts that you are not 100% sure about. So,

Apparently, there are more female than male doctors in the UK

states a fact that you are either surprised by or you may slightly doubt.

Common phrases include:

for no apparent reason

it is apparent that

it has become apparent that

it is immediately apparent

You should also note that apparently is as commonly used to qualify adjectives as verbs. So, both these are very common:

apparently intend

apparently normal

You should also be careful with prepositions here as both in and from are commonly used

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4 Responses to Apparent – IELTS word of the day

  1. bovas February 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    could you help me to find out the difference between those sentences below please

    1.mary is assisted in her morning care needs.
    2. mary was assisted in her morning care needs.

    which one is correct or is there any grammatical error in those sentences please?

    • Dominic Cole February 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

      The main difference between these sentences is time: the first refers to the present (is) (do not be fooled by the -ed) and the second the past (was). Which one you choose will depend on whether you are talking about now or a time in the past.

    • GMAT Classes in Akurdi October 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      The Only Difference OF Time, 1 St Sentence Is referring To Present & second To Past.
      You Can Find Out Difference When you See use Of verbs.

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