Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Words to use instead of 'Important'

The first post in this series of "Words to use instead of ..." dealt with the overly used word "nice" (read about it here).

Today, I'll tackle that bane of every ESL teacher's existence, that word they often hear when helping students work on their oral exams or read when correcting essays, the one every student so easily lets slip out when they can't think of what else to say: important.

It's always "this must be done because it's very important" or "saving the planet is extremely important" or "graduating from a good university is very important these days."

Examiners might be lenient the first time they hear this word, but imagine hearing it 5 times in answers to 6 questions asked? To put it more mathematically, in a 10 to 12-minute examination where an exam candidate uses the word in five out of six responses, the examiner hears the same word once roughly every two to two and a half minutes. Though it's perfectly natural to hear pronouns, demonstratives and articles repeated, adjectives, verbs and nouns must be varied if you're aiming for a high score. 


So what can be done to remedy the situation? Here are a few words which can replace the adjective 'important', depending on the context of course. 

I'm not giving substitutes for the word in the sense of "renowned" or "distinguished" (as in "the important diplomat").

Teachers can print and hand out the list to students or candidates themselves can add translations into their own language and learn a few each day.



consequential
earth-shattering
meaningful
vital
substantial
major
seminal
momentous
monumental
sincere
eventful
impressive
grave
strategic
weighty
valuable
historic
central
worthy
crucial
worthwhile
serious
critical
imperative
key
significant
decisive
necessary
exceptional
pivotal
far-reaching
urgent
essential
paramount
determining
exigent
pressing
major
principal
of concern















































 
 
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