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Regulation – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the academic word list is:



  • This is one of those words all IELTS candidates should try and master. It is extremely useful for social issue essays, especially where you are asked for what action governments should take to solve an issue
  • Some of the forms of the word you need are: regulate, deregulate, regulation and regulatory
  • One very common phrase is rules and regulations
  • a useful phrase for not repeating “government” is regulatory bodies/authorities who oversee  activities 
  • you can enforce or apply regulations and ensure that they are complied with
  • regulations that are weak can be described as being lax and an alternative for strict is stringent



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3 Responses to Regulation – IELTS word of the day

  1. jess December 18, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Hi Dominic,

    Can you please explain me the difference with using had been\have been and being. I mean when do we use these helping verbs.

    Thank you.

    • Dominic Cole December 18, 2011 at 11:07 am #

      No quick answer to this, but here goes:

      I have been a teacher for 15 years = I am still a teacher now. The key is that it is a present tense.
      I had been a lawyer for 5 years, before I realised that law was not for me. = I was a lawyer then I realised it sucked. The key is that it describes the first of 2 events in the past.
      Now they are being silly = something that is happening now right as I write this.

      Slightly too simple, but does that make it any clearer for you?

      • jess December 19, 2011 at 3:36 am #

        Yep…..Thank you sir.

        Best regards.


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