Video: When to Use, and Not Use, ‘Plethora’ on IELTS

Today you’ll learn vocabulary to use instead of ‘plethora’ in IELTS Speaking and Writing.

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Is it right to use ‘there are a plethora of famous people I know’?

Well, that does sound weird. ‘Plethora’ is a formal, more high-level word, and is usually not appropriate for use in Speaking Parts 1 and 2.

For instance, it would sound strange to say, ‘I do a plethora of activities on the weekend.’

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It’s great for Speaking Part 3 and Writing Task 2, however.

Watch my other video for paraphrases for ‘a lot’, Don’t Use These Words in IELTS Writing Task 2.

Instead of a lot, in formal English, you can use plethora, a great deal of, a shocking quantity of, or an abundance of.

For more informal language, in Speaking Parts 1 and 2 and the informal letter for General Task 1, you can say tons, loads, reams, oodles or galore.

For example, ‘I do outside activities galore on the weekends.

Comment below and use some of today’s vocabulary!

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