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:
‘Widespread’ as noun modifier:
And if you’re interested in ‘spreading‘ and need a laugh, check out ‘manspreading‘!
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