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Today’s word from the academic word list is



There are a number of forms of this word that you should be able to use: stress, stressful, stressed and unstressed. You should also note that stress is common both as a verb and a noun and that it can mean “emphasis” as well as what you feel when you are studying for IELTS.

Using the word

A little grammar

Note how stress as a verb can be followed by a “that” clause or a noun

I would stress that this is not my personal opinion.

Parents should stress the need for the children to study hard.

Some common combinations – emphasise

This could be avoided if teachers stressed the importance of homework.

It may be enough if schools placed more stress on extracurricular activities.

Combinations for emotions

It should not be forgotten that sometimes this occurs because employees are under too much stress.

One problem with exams is that they can cause significant levels of mental or psychological stress in students who then underperform.

Some form of counselling should be provided in schools to help students deal with/cope with stress.

An idiom

Some people can become stressed out by what appear to be unimportant details.



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2 Responses to Stress

  1. Mina March 9, 2014 at 4:00 am #

    I am a little confused.

    One problem with exams ARE…………….

    Should it be IS rather than ARE because ARE is related to one problem?

    Thank for reply.

    • Dominic Cole March 9, 2014 at 5:24 am #

      Thank you for the correction. It is now amended.

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