The word “detrimental” is a very useful word for IELTS. It is a word that could be used in listening, reading, writing task 2 and speaking.
Word Form and Meaning
- detrimental (adj) = causing damage, harm or injury
- detrimentally (adv)
- detriment (n)
- synonyms = damaging, destructive, harmful, adverse
- antonyms = beneficial
Please remember that a synonym has a similar meaning but may not always be used in the exactly the same way. You must learn both meaning and how to use words to avoid mistakes in IELTS.
About the word “detrimental”
- It is suitable to use in both IELTS writing task 2 and IELTS speaking.
- It is a word that can appear in many topics.
Sample Sentences with “detrimental” and “detriment”
- Smoking is known to be detrimental to people’s health.
- Pressure from parents can be detrimental to their child’s academic progress.
- It is a detriment to the environment that more people are not aware of the harm that needless energy consumption can have.
- Prison sentences can have a detrimental impact on a criminal’s ability to reform.
- Shopping online has had a detrimental effect on local communities because people no longer go to town centers to do their shopping resulting in the closure of many small, local businesses.
- Using inappropriate idioms in formal essay writing can be detrimental to your score in the criterion of vocabulary in your IELTS writing task 2.
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