Recently I was telling students that for certain statistics, generic labels like number and amount might not be suitable, for example when you’re writing about employment. Then today I saw this up-beat news item from the BBC, which contains some nice examples of ’employment speak’! Continue reading
The widespread of this crime can be reduced by imposing stricter penalties.
‘Widespread’ is an adjective, not a noun. Nouns used in this context might include ‘incidence’, or indeed ‘spread’. These we might classify as ‘statistics nouns’, which are particularly useful in IELTS Task 1 writing.
‘Widespread’ as complement:
- This crime is widespread. However, its spread can be reduced by imposing stricter penalties.
‘Widespread’ as noun modifier:
- Widespread criminality can be reduced by imposing stricter penalties.
And if you’re interested in ‘spreading‘ and need a laugh, check out ‘manspreading‘!