Students often worry about repeating the same words in writing task 1. For example, in last week's lesson I repeated the phrase average weekly spending maybe three times. Is this a big problem?
No! Repeating a key word or phrase a few times is not a problem; sometimes it is necessary to show that you are consistently talking about the same thing. If you try to use too much variety, there is a danger that you will confuse the reader or write something that does not mean what you want it to mean.
It's fine to either repeat the key words or make small changes. Look at these examples of small changes I made to the phrase average weekly spending:
- spent on average
- average expenditure
- weekly spending figures
- levels of spending
- spent per week
- expenditure per week