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    The vast majority - not academic English

    Sometimes, I receive comments from markers that my English isn't academic and I was dumbfounded when an example given by the marker was 'the vast majority'. I learnt this from a textbook on IELTS preparation (academic). Is this really not academic?

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    Re: The vast majority - not academic English

    Just to add

    Apart from experience, any useful resources online where I can check if something is 'definitely' academic to use? Say, if there's an online dictionary which comprises only items for academic writing, that would be nice (If I can't find a word in it, it may not be academic).

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    Re: The vast majority - not academic English

    I am not aware of any such resource. I also know of no problem with "vast majority".

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    Re: The vast majority - not academic English

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    any useful resources online
    Do you consider online dictionaries useful?
    'the vast majority (=nearly everyone/everything): The vast majority had never travelled outside the United States.'── quoted from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...itish/majority
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The vast majority - not academic English

    What could be used instead?

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    Re: The vast majority - not academic English

    'great/vast/overwhelming majority of something'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/majority
    I am not a teacher.

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