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The Academic Word List Sublist 1, Group 12

bold = a common form of the word
xxx = no form, or there is a form, but it is rare
grey = a form that is not very common








source (n)

source (v)

xxx (adj)

xxx (adv)


specifics (n)
specification (n)

specify (v)

specific (adj)

specifically (adv)


structure (n)

structure (v)

structured (adj)
structural (adj)
unstructured (adj)

structurally (adv)


theory (n)
theorist (n)

theorise (v)

theoretical (adj)

theoretically (adv)


variety (n)
variable (n)
variation (n)
variant (n)

vary (v)

varied (adj)
variable (adj)

invariably (adv)

Choose the appropriate word for the gap.

1. Ivan the goods for his shop from a small community in Africa; in Botswana, I think.

2. The of the rumour seems to be a couple of people in the finance department.

3. She told the students that calculators weren't allowed into the exam.

4. The airline guidelines the size limits of the carry-on luggage.

5. The new building may not get approval because it isn't sound.

6. To succeed as a student you need to take a approach to your study.

7. if you study hard, you'll be successful academically.

8. I like practical maths, but maths is too hard conceptually.

9. A teacher needs a of approaches to teaching.

10. I've looked at all the and I still can't make a decision!