PTE Writing Tips

PTE Writing Pro Tip- Weak Words You Need to Avoid

March 14,2018

There are numerous tips that we have shared and will continue sharing so that you can do best preparation for PTE Academic Test. Here, we would like to bring your notice to minutest points which impact your PTE Essay Writing Score massively. It is also what makes it one of the Pro tips for PTE Writing.

You might face quite many challenge while preparing for this task so always take one challenge at a time. This time let's take on  "WORDS"

Have you noticed that you tend to repeat a lot of words while writing and subsequently overuse them?

Secondly, as we repeatedly mention that PTE is an academic test and demands you to have such a tone, but it might have escaped your attention that you sometimes write casual or colloquial words.

So, you need an academic and more professional tone in your writing which is the reason you better avoid some of these words. It is best to scrap these words from your writing if you want an 80 or more score in this task.

These are the words that weaken your writing and so you must make a conscious effort to avoid them!


It is quite a useful and generously used word. You cannot completely avoid this word. However, you can definitely use it aptly. In many cases, "that" can be deleted or replaced with a descriptive term.

Example: "She told the students that it was a good idea to avoid very in their essay"

Instead, just write, "She told the students it was a good idea to avoid very in their essay".

It is easier to drop it if you pay attention.


If you want to write impactful, you need to consider replacing this word. It does not give a proper idea of the stress you want to put to certain ideology. Let's see an example,

"The atmosphere after it rained has a good smell"

"The atmosphere after it rained has a pleasant, sweet smell"

This way you can be more descriptive and precise.


Your exact idea does not come across well when you use the qualifier "very" with the adjectives. You use this word because you are trying to enhance the meaning magnify word. But, it fails to communicate your information. It is called 'useless' by most writers now and thus, there are enough reasons to scrap it.

Example: "Children are very lovely."

"Children are adorable. "

"Scientist over past decade have come up with some very good ideas."

"Scientist over past decade have come up with some remarkable ideas."

And we can give you plenty of such examples. Understand, it is very simple easy to avoid "very". There is sufficient amount of words to use.


A closely related word to "very" is "really". You want to emphasize on certain idea. Writing this word has a converse effect. It misses to interpret your idea precisely.

Example: " The new governor came up with a really fantastic idea"

"The new governor came up with a really fantastic idea"

Doesn't need to be complicated, does it?

Things/ Stuff

This particular word is inefficient and should be used sparingly. While you have the idea of what you are referring to while using the word "things", it is not giving the reader a right idea and leaving room for misconceptions. Especially if you are giving out an instruction or suggestion, it is a terrible way of description.

Example: "The new café has options to do lot of things/ stuffs."

"The new café has options to eat, drink, play board games, and playstation too."


This one is something that we all are guilty of using generously while speaking. It is not like, we must completely not use "like", but it like just gets annoying, like extremely.

Understand what we mean?

When you are making comparison, this is a first word to naturally pop in your head. You can instead use metaphors. It will reflect the command on your language. Moreover, it comes across as more uncertain.

Example: "The sun on that summer afternoon was like pleasantly smiling over our face."

"The sun on that summer afternoon gleamed and smiled upon our faces."

Sounds much better?

Is/ Was/ Are/ Am

We hope you are aware of the active and passive voice and know the difference. Is/ Was/ Are/ Am can many times be avoided.

Example: "The statue was created by John." - Passive

"John created the statue." - Active

It might be tough and take efforts to get it right for first couple of times, but then with practice, it will come in smoothly in your writing.


You have to admit this, "So" is a word that comes up every single time while giving and explanation or concluding. Do you remember using "so" after every 2 sentences while you were giving an explanation?

Example: "The global warming has severe effects on our rivers. So, we must take appropriate actions."

"The global warming has severe effects on our rivers. Therefore, we must take appropriate actions."

Words like - therefore, thus, furthermore can replace the use of "so". Consequently, your writing or speech will be more native and polished.


Many non-native speakers have the habit of writing this word to show emphasis. Little did you notice, there are numerous other words that can emphasize better. This word does nothing but is an extra addition to increase word count. It does not give or add meaning to a sentence.


If you have started working on building your vocab, then you must be aware that "also" can be represented by many other synonyms.

Example: "The government has started new plans for rural development. It has also formed a dedicated support team for various task."

"The government has started new plans for rural development with a dedicated support team for various tasks."

Omitting this word altogether or replacing it is a wise idea.


Example: "I went to the mall. Then, I checked out my favourite cloth shop. Then, we were hungry so we went to eat in the food court."

No, no no!!!! Simply stop with the "then". It bugs anyone who reads it. Simple use commas and "and" to separate the events.

With conscious effort, "then" can be eliminated from unnecessary places.


Many has good "amount" of synonyms. "plenty", "numerous", are all nice words that you can write instead.

Example: "Eating fruits has many health benefits."

"Eating fruits has plenty of benefits."

So, next time, try to remember the other words that convey the same meaning as "many".


PTE Academic Writing does not allow contractions. Contractions are informal. If you want to get good score "don't", "can't", "isn't", "shouldn't" and such contractions are to be avoided completely.

Now that you know the words to avoid or scrap when it comes to PTE Writing, make sure to develop an active habit to notice whenever you are using these words and remember our tips to write better. Moreover, you can also improve in other tasks with the help of Practice Materials.