• Mai Duc Nguyen

IELTS Vocabulary Tips – Improving Conciseness in Academic Writing



In this article, I would like to share common mistakes of conciseness that IELTS candidates often make in their Writing tests and how to improve them.


1. Because of the fact that


Example: Because of the fact that the student didn’t finish his homework, he failed his final exam.


Improved: Because the student didn’t finish his homework, he failed his final exam.



2. Be of the opinion that


Example: I am strongly of the opinion that more public schools and hospitals should be built in this area.


Improved: I (strongly) believe that more public schools and hospitals should be built in this area.



3. For the purpose of


Example: The government introduced the policy for the purpose of creating more jobs.


Improved: The government introduced the policy (in order) to create more jobs.



4. It can be seen as a good idea


Example: It can be seen as a good idea for employees to share ideas frequently with each other.


Improved: Employees should share ideas frequently with each other.



5. In a … manner/ way


Example: Employees in this company are required to work in a responsible manner.


Improved: Employees in this company are required to work responsibly.



6. What I mean to say is that


Example: What I mean to say is that businesses should not harm the natural environment during their operations.


Improved: Businesses should not harm the natural environment during their operations.



7. It can be easily seen/ It is clear from the graph that


Example: It can be easily seen from the graph that China will replace the USA as the world’s most powerful economy in less than 20 years.


Improved: The graph shows that China will replace the USA as the world’s most powerful economy in less than 20 years.



8. Had the appearance of


Example: The business proposals had the appearance of having been neglected.


Improved: The business proposals appeared to have been neglected.



9. By means of


Example: We travel by means of car.


Improved: We travel by car.


Even better: We drive.



This article was originally written by Mai Duc Nguyen on VnExpress, the world’s most read Vietnamese newspaper, at: https://vnexpress.net/nhung-kieu-dien-dat-dai-dong-khong-nen-co-trong-bai-luan-ielts-3701646.html



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