Detrimental: vocabulary and sample sentences

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”

  1. Smoking is known to be detrimental to people’s health.
  2. Pressure from parents can be detrimental to their child’s academic progress.
  3. It is a detriment to the environment that more people are not aware of the harm that needless energy consumption can have.
  4. Prison sentences can have a detrimental impact on a criminal’s ability to reform.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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  1. Hlo liz
    Could we use detriment?in term of negative

    • It is not a direct paraphrases but it does have negative connotations. You would need to learn the grammar and collocations surrounding the word to be able to use it without error.

  2. HiLiz,I’m thankful to you for the valuable lessons and can I improve my vocabulary for new words

  3. Thanks for your posts. All the lessons are benificial for us . I want to know that in writing task 1 and 2 they limit the words , how many words can we use more? Kindly respond to me.

  4. Hello Liz,

    I find your tips and technique very useful. I applied some of them when I took the test a few weeks ago and I scored 8.0. For personal reason, I need to get an IELTS score of 9.0 in GT in the next few months. I wonder if you can give me some advice to achieve my goal? Thank you and I really appreciate your help.


    • For listening and reading, it is based on more practice, deeper understanding of paraphrasing and developing your technique with questions. For speaking, add more grammar tenses into your answers – in part 2, add past memories, conditional ideas, future hopes, comparisons etc. Use better intonation to highlight ideas and use more contractions. In writing, the main difference between 8 and 9 is the density of errors. Never write to impress – write to be accurate in your language skills. Also work harder at your writing task 1 – it is easy to learn task 1 and you should easily be aiming for a clear 9 in that. Work on your overviews, selecting details and again – avoid errors in grammar and vocabulary. To be honest, it’s hard to give you tips as I can’t see your writing or hear your speaking so I can’t pin point your weaknesses. Anyway, think over some of these points and see if you can find your weaknesses. A band 9 is certainly possible so keep trying and be very focused in your training.

      • Hello Liz,

        Thank you very much for your advice, I really appreciate it!! I hope you have a great day ahead.

        Stella Nguyen

  5. MAM.Liz
    My IELTS score in aca and gen is
    lis 4. Rea 5. wri 5.5 .spe 5 over all 5
    i need your advise to increase my scores.I feeling depreased
    thanks a lot

    • You will need to improve your level of English. Tips and exam technique will help but the most important is your level of English. Join an English course or use English language websites to help you. You can find them through google.
      All the best

  6. Mam Liz i have a hard time in making writing task 1:

    Here’s my task.Just I want to know my mistakes .Hope you have time to correct & advice.
    {The table below gives information on consumer spending on different items in five different countries on 2002.}
    Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparison where relevant.

    The table shows five different countries of consumers spending items according to category on the year 2002.
    These five European Countries namely Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, they varies on consumption in terms of percentage of each item falls on the three category such as Food/Drinks/Tobacco ,Clothing / Foot Wear and Leisure / Education.

    Food/Drinks/Tobacco are of more significant of these five consumers to spend. Irish was on the top with the percentage of 28.9%, Turkish got the second place with the percentage of 32.14%, Spanish on the other hand were on the third row with percentage of 18.98%, while Italian and Swedish were on the below percentage of 16.36% and 15.77% respectively.

    Under the category of Clothing/ Foot wear, Italian were spending more with the percentage 9.00%, 3% higher among the rest of four consumers. Turkish on the second place with the percentage of 6.63%, Spanish and Irish have very close percentage in spending on this category.

    Leisure/ Education unfortunately were of the consumers of not giving more value in spending compare of the two categories mentioned they gave much relevant.As of Turkish were the number one with the percentage of 4.35% , Swedish got the 3.22% , Italian on the third position with 3.20%, Irish with the percentage of 2.21% and Spanish were on the lowest percentage of 1.98% .

    These five Europeans consumers gave more value in spending on Food / Drinks/Tobacco on the year 2002 compare on the two categories were of less expenditure -according to the percentage shown.

  7. Hi Liz,

    Just want to ask in regards to a specific question type in writing task 2. Do we need to have 3 body paragraphs in discuss both views and give your opinion? 2 paragraphs for both views and 3rd paragraph for the our own opinion? Thank you.


    • Hi Carlo,

      It depends if you agree with one side or you have a balanced view. If your opinion agrees with one side, you can put your opinion with the discuss body paragraph. If you have a different opinion, it must be explained in a separate body paragraph.
      All the best

  8. Hlw Liz, Im a dr. Living in colchester for last 6 month.For plab( registration test for doctors in uk) i require overall 7.5 and band 7 in each module. Last day i got my Ielts result and it was nt satisfactory, specifically for writing, only 6. It was unexpected and unbelievable for me.Perhaps, i should tell you that this was my 3rd attempt and before that my lowest score for writing was 6.5 in my home country. In other modules my overall performance were blissful.For last couple of weeks my writing was up to the level of 7 which was remarked by an examiner of a website&my Ielts buddies. Im disappointed & intending to find out the actual problem. I need to retake the test, perhaps within a month. My query is,,,what are the strategies usually followed by the UK examiners? Are the techniques & preferences vary with place&person?give some ideas?Thanks for reading..

    • All IELTS examiners are trained the same way and they use the same band scores. Have you spent time getting to know the requirements for the band scores for writing task 1 and task 2? Have you practiced writing clear overviews for task 1 and writing strong thesis statements for task 2? Are you trying too hard to use vocabulary that you hope will increase your score because that can actually have the opposite effect.

      It is also possible that your score can vary due to the topic, the language you use, the way you address the task and your ability to follow instructions clearly. It is possible for your score to vary by 0.5 or even a full band score depending on your performance on the day.

      Try to find your weaknesses if you wish to improve.

      • thanks Liz. i will definitely look through following criteria that u have mentioned in my next writing. In the mean time I will assess this website. Though, already i have seen much potentials in this place. I hope that would help me. Best regards..

  9. hello Liz .. How to write introduction for discussion type essay…

  10. Hello Liz. Could you explain what the difference is between bring up and pick up.
    And one more question. How should I answer if somebody says to me ‘ get well soon’
    Thank you.

    • I suggest you check the online dictionaries for definitions of “bring up” and “pick up” because they have more than one definition. If someone says to you “get well soon”, then you should say “thanks”.

  11. huongdung says

    Thanks for your helpful lessons. Love you so much :*

  12. Hi liz
    your little effort is, a big help for us. I truly appreciate it.
    I just want a little more suggestion from you. I am very weak in multiple choice in both listening and reading, can you provide me hints other than your blog. I went through all your materials even i feel hard to improve. please help me.

    • There is no easy way. Multiple choice is difficult because you must listen and keep your eyes on various options. The key is being able to spot paraphrases and crossing off options that are wrong as you hear them. Sometimes the right answer is found through the process of elimination which means it’s the only viable option once you have finished listening. Also spend time looking at the question/ statement – often the key is found there. I can only offer you advice and things to pay attention to. Ultimately, the results depend on your ability to hear the answer and understand the language.
      All the best

  13. Hi Mam Liz
    Thank you for your simple and easy to understand explanation all about IELTS.
    It is very useful and inspiring for your generosity in helping students on line.I hope
    more lessons ,practice test for all modules be up loaded.

  14. This lesson is so helpful to learn vocabulary according to synonyms. Thank you so much 🙂 Hope to see more posts

  15. i tired to write an introduction after listening your video class can please check it and give me advice
    nowadays doctors earn well .may be they should not focus on profitable activities such as plastic surgery or looking after rich patients, and should concentrate more on patient”s health , no matter how rich they are?to what extent do you agree.

    At present doctors are making good amount of money by attending cases for rich patients, rather than concentrating on patients health. In my opinion, i agree that they need to attend all type of patients regardless their economic status.

  16. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for this useful and practical lesson. It would be great to receive more such essential for the IELTS preparation lessons. I have my exam soon so this is one more opportunity for me to enlarge my vocabulary.
    Wish you all the best.

    With kind regards,

  17. Thanks so much for your lessons
    Love u, teacher <3

  18. Harpreet says

    Hi liz
    Your assistance is much appreciated.
    Kind Regards

  19. Good one Liz very helpful
    Thank you

  20. mauricio says

    Thanks, it is interesting to see how words behave in different contexs.

  21. Neeraj Mehra says

    No doubt about it that the site has been very, very useful in preparation for the IELTS exams.

  22. Hi Liz,
    Thanks very much for your concern.
    This lesson is very useful,especially on vocabulary.
    Keep them coming.

  23. You lesson is exceptionally useful. Thank you very much.

  24. Hello Teacher,
    Your every effort is remarkable and exceptional.

    Thank’s being with us (students) in every situation whether it is difficult or easy.
    You are a sincere and humble and generous person as well.

    Love u teacher☺
    Thanks a lot.

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