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    How many English words are enough for daily writing?

    At school my English teachers always told me to practice writing using simple words instead of big words. As English learners, we should always put our opinions and ideas forward in a straight way. Maybe three thousand English words will be enough for us to deal with daily routine work or maybe there is a way, a book or a website that can help us learn to write in simple and precise English. Please help me. Many thanks in advance.
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    Re: How many English words is enough in daily writing?

    Three thousand words is a lot to write daily. It is like writing an in-depth essay, which would take hours to write.
    It is not so much the number of words to write but the frequency of practice that matters. Learners should make it a daily habit or a routine to practise using the language. By practice, I mean all the three language skills viz. reading, writing and speaking, which is not easy in real life when you are not in an English-speaking environment.
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    Re: How many English words is enough in daily writing?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    By practice, I mean all the three language skills viz. reading, writing and speaking
    And how about listening?

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    Re: How many English words is enough in daily writing?

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...sh/oxford3000/
    http://longmandictionariesusa.com/re...efinitions.pdf
    http://www.esldesk.com/vocabulary/words
    https://www.usingenglish.com/members...e=group&id=379

    I wish I could remember so many words.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Three thousand words is a lot to write daily.
    I guess the OP means 'to know' rather than 'to write daily'.
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    “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.”

    What is the story behind the above? What can we learn from this?
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    Re: How many English words is enough in daily writing?

    OK, back to the question of how many words are enough for daily use, which I misread the meaning.

    Do learners do a word count on the number of words they know in the first place? I would say it is an academic exercise which does not help a learner to learn a language. I think you would know where you stand simply from the ease in which you are able to express your ideas in a language and the number of mistakes you make when your written work is sent for correction.

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    Yes, the skill of listening of course, is another component of language learning, which is also assessed the IELTS exam.
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    Re: How many English words is enough in daily writing?

    How many English words are enough in daily writing?

    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: How many English words is enough in daily writing?

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    How many English words are enough in daily writing?

    I am really sorry for my carelessness. My question is: How many English words are enough for daily writing?

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    Re: How many English words are enough for daily writing?

    I'm still not clear on your question. Do you mean "everyday writing"? Here, "everyday" is an adjective meaning "normal" and would be taken to mean "non-academic". Of course, if you're learning a language it's good to write something in that language every day, and that could be called "daily writing" - a task you undertake daily.

    "How many English words are enough ..." is also not clear. Do you want to know how many different words you should use in a day or do you want to know how big your vocabulary needs to be in order to be able to write/communicate in English?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How many English words are enough for daily writing?

    Quote Originally Posted by rodgers white View Post
    I am really sorry for my carelessness.
    Careless mistakes occasionally appear in your posts (and mine too), as you forgot to use a noun rather than an adjective after the possessive below:

    Quote Originally Posted by rodgers white View Post
    I am sorry for my stubborn.
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