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IELTS Vocabulary Problem READ

IELTS Vocabulary Problem READ

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IELTS Vocabulary - Problems
In IELTS essays you are almost always going to need to write about a problem. To do this well, you need to be able to use a variety of words to describe problems. Here are a few basic variations.You should note that you will need not just synonyms for “problem” but also variations of adjectives and verbs.For more detail on this and an interactive exercise see my Problem Vocabulary pageIf you do not understand any of these words, I suggest you use the Macmillan Online Dictionary
Synonyms and antonyms
 
NounsUsage
problemdifcultya fairly close synonym to problem: questionthis is slightly different to problem: it is something people have different opinions aboutissuethis is something people argue about/ similar to questionsolutionyou normally ndor come up witha solution
One key here is to avoid words such as “big” and “little” and to choose accurate word combinations. Here are some adjective-noun combinations
AdjectivesExamples
signicantA
significant problem
 many countries
face
 is falling birth ratesfundamentalThis is not a
minor issue
, rather it is a
fundamental problem
realA
very real difficulty
 in many households is rising fuel billsminorIn my view, global warming is only
a minor problem
pressingThis is
a pressing problem
 that needs to
be dealt with
 urgently
Dominic Cole’s IELTS Blog
 www.dcielts.com

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