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This is where I post my daily word exercises. All the words are taken from the Academic Word List – the most useful source of vocabulary for IELTS essays.

My exercises are unique because they show you how these words are used.  Why? All these words are common words – the problem is not what they mean but how they are used.

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Much the best way to learn vocabulary is to do a little but often. Don’t try to learn 10 words at a time once a week, you are likely to learn very little.  Much better is to learn words every day of the week.

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Today’s word of the day exercise is



This is obviously a key word and idea for all academic IELTS people in task 1. You should note though that the word is also useful in task 2 essays. When you write about society you are also likely to write about what is happening there – the trends. Look at these common essay phrases and then decide how you might rewrite and improve them using the word trend.

More and more young people are taking drugs.

A lot of people nowadays share a car when they drive to work.

The government needs to stop so many young professionals going to work abroad.

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A worrying trend is the rise in young people who take drugs.

A recent trend is how people share a car when they drive to work.

The government needs to reverse the trend of young professionals going to work abroad.

Forms of the word

trend [normally just a noun but occasionally used as a verb.]

Using the word

worrying/alarming/disturbing: One alarming trend is how more and more children carry knives to protect themselves.

underlying/general/overall/long-term  trend: Despite this rise in October the underlying trend was downward. [You should always look for the big picture in task 1 academic and this will give you the underlying/overall trend. BUT you should note that you can ONLY talk about trends when you have a time based chart/graph.]

current/latest/recent trend: A current trend is for many young people to go straight into work and not go to university.

a trend towards/toward: There is now a growing trend towards the manufacture of environmental friendly building materials. [There is no real difference between towards and toward. The British do tend to use towards more often though.]

a trend in: One recent trend in publishing is for authors to self-publish.

set the trend: While the iWatch may not be the first smartwatch, it is likely to set the trend moving forward.

to reverse/buck the trend: It is probably impossible to reverse this trend of people deciding to retire early.

is trending on Twitter: Andy Murray is currently trending on Twitter after his success at Wimbledon. [This use of the word as a verb is almost only used for Twitter!]



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