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Academic Word List- Expressing Purpose
Expressing purpose phrases presentation
A: Put one word into each of the sentences below
I volunteered to help clean the streets _______ order to attract more tourists.
I temporarily suspended him from school so ________ he could reflect on his actions.
This is a device _______ triggering explosions from a distance.
Please use shorter sentences with linking words ______ explain your ideas in a more
The goal/ purpose/ aim ___________ undergoing the treatment myself was to under-
stand the feelings on the patients.
B: Correct the mistakes
I’ve put it online for to reach a sufficient number of people to have an influence.
I also work as a private tutor in order to I can supplement my income.
C: Do the following have the same or different meanings? (If there are more than two, they
all have the same or all have different meanings).
It’s to automate the process./ It’s for automating processes.
I analysed the data in order to find the underlying trend/ I analysed the data to find the
The aim of the late night meeting that we held was to resolve the dispute./ We held a
late night meeting in order to resolve the dispute.
A goal of terminating the research is to…/ The goal of terminating the research is to..
Academic Word List Expressing purpose Speaking
Choose one thing below and ask for explanations (in some you have to pretend to be a
lecturer, politician etc.) The best reason wins.
You abandoned your PhD.
You advocated anti-government violence in this country.
You asked your boss to relocate one of your colleagues to northern Hokkaido.
You assured your boyfriend/ girlfriend that you’d be together every hour of every day.
You automated marking of essays.
You bought alcohol for minors.
You decided to make the smoking lounge inaccessible to students.
You inaccurately quoted your professor in your paper.
You incapacitated your father’s car.
You inserted a needle into a university computer’s USB port.
You intervened in a discussion between two professors.
You itemised everything in your house.
You left at regular intervals during a concert.
You made every student in the university assemble in front of the nearest station.
You released a pirate copy of your own forthcoming film.
You sabotaged the local infrastructure.
You set a goal which you know is unattainable for your subordinates.
You shot at birds migrating over your house.
You used approximations rather than statistics in your graduation thesis.
You went sailing in uncharted waters.
You worked together to isolate one of your classmates.
You wrote a paper with 20 appendices.
Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2013