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Ways that have to be done

Posted by on December 14th, 2016 | 0 comments | cara, collocation, evaluation, IELTS, Indo English, speaking, vocabulary, writing

There are more ways that have to be done to halt the spread of HIV.


Ways‘ followed by ‘to + V1’ is quite common, as in the expression “There’s more than one way to kill a cat.
However, ‘way‘ (noun) does not collocate in English with ‘do‘ (verb). You cannot ‘do‘ a ‘way‘. This is possible in some languages (Indonesian flag), but not in English.
Another problem here is the redundant use of ‘there are‘ (see previous post).
In English you might write:

  • More action needs to be taken to halt the spread of HIV.

OR

  • More solutions needs to be considered to halt the spread of HIV.

Remember that strong collocation like this will get you a higher score for vocabulary in IELTS speaking and writing. You will find references to collocation in the IELTS public band descriptors.

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