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Approximate – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the academic word list is



The forms of this word are approximate, approximately and approximation

This is an extremely useful for IELTS candidates in writing task 1 for describing figures that are not exact.

You should note that approximate can be used as a verb and that the pronunciation of the word changes so that the last syllable sounds like “eight.

Some more common phrases using approximation include:

a close approximation

a reasonable approximation

a rough approximation

an approximation of [the total]

make/give an approximation

Some more common phrases using approximate include:

an approximate amount/number

closely approximate to

approximate percentage/proportion

approximate cost

only/very approximate

Some more common phrases using approximately include:

approximately half/double

approximately equal/equivalent

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One Response to Approximate – IELTS word of the day

  1. Amany February 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

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