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Today’s daily academic word is



This is both a useful word and concept for anyone interested in better English. The idea is that any finished piece of writing should go through different stages. IELTS is curious because it is exam writing and you don’t have time to draft and redraft. For that reason alone, it doesn’t really count as academic writing. So, if you’re an academic person, you might need to learn specific writing skills for IELTS.

Note too that this is yet another word with a noun, adjective and verb form. It also has useful meanings for employment, banking and military topics.

Not to be confused with

draught is the stream of cold air you feel when you leave a door or window ajar. Americans spell this draft.

Forms of the word

draft: a verb

draft: a countable noun

draft: an adjective

redraft: a verb [note the re- means again]

Using the word

write/prepare: The first step must be to prepare some draft legislation for the politicians to consider. [adjective]

draft in: Many companies are drafting in highly paid temporary staff and other contractors to fill shortages caused by cutbacks. [phrasal verb]

final/rough/first: This is, however, only a rough draft and the final paper will contain more compelling evidence.

constitution: It may take some time for all parties to approve the draft constitution.

bank: You can pay in cash, with a credit card or by bank draft.



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4 Responses to Draft

  1. Jane March 26, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    I love your “word of the day” so much, especially the part of “Using the word”. It’s very useful and just …awesome

  2. Kei March 26, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    Hi, Dominic.
    Thanks a lot for your encouragement to our learners.

    I have some question about this word; Draft.
    As a dictionary says, “Draught “is a Brit spell, but actually how far can it be used as “Draught” instead “Draft(American spell)”?
    For me, both of them are identified each definitions, but it’s hard to recognise which if Draft is spelt in Draught as Brit spelling in context and it’s really confusing!
    A bit trivial question maybe…

    • Dominic Cole March 27, 2014 at 7:05 am #

      “Draught” is not a word to worry about much. I don’t believe you’ll be writing it down! We use it British English for cold air/beer (on draught) and medicine (a draught of something = a measure).

      Draft is the much more common word in writing and that is the one to spell correctly. I’d also add that both Brits and Americans recognise each other’s spelling.

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