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Debate – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word of the day from the Academic Word List is:



The two major forms of this are are debate and debatable. It is worth noting that debate is commonly used both as a verb and as a noun. It is a useful word for essays when you are given a question that asks you to look at two sides of a question. You may want to make a distinction here with the word controversy – a much stronger idea. You can debate something that is quite uncontroversial.

common adjectives with debate





common verbs with debate




common nouns with debatable



some useful phrases

 is open to debate

a matter of much debate

be under debate

a common grammatical structure

you can debate whether/how/why/to what extent something is

common prepositions

There are a number of prepositions that can be used. The most common are:


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2 Responses to Debate – IELTS word of the day

  1. sabah March 4, 2013 at 11:51 pm #


  2. mitrii March 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Thank you

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