Use of Adjectives in OET Writing

In OET Writing Sub-Test, the task is usually a letter. It can be a referral letter. The use of proper adjectives plays a very crucial role. 

Adjectives in OET writing sub test 

Generally, it is recommended that the letter shall have proper, meaningful and relevant adjectives. You are not expected to write adjectives that are high-sounding or more formal. 

Check out a few examples that are given below:

  • She had a bad/persistent cough (acceptable). 

But if you describe cough as whooping cough, dry and sharp cough, short cough, or short little cough, this will be considered unnecessary. 

You can’t describe cough in the manner given below:

  • Loud, hacking cough
  • Significant cough
  • Nervous little cough 
  • Dangerous cough 
  • Constant cough 
  • Confounded cough 
  • Discreet cough 
  • Damnable cough 

Restricting the use of unnecessary adjectives:

There are many candidates who try to increase word count by adding the adjectives in their referral letter in OET writing sub-test. That is strictly a no-no when it comes to medical communications. Therefore, you will have to know where and where not to use the adjectives and when or when not to use the adjectives. 

It is always better to say that the patient had a good sleep than exaggerating the information by adding more adjectives as given in the following sentences:

  • The patient had a deep, natural and sound sleep. 
  • The patient had an ordinary, mesmeric and peaceful sleep. 
  • The patient had a comfortable, healthy and undisturbed sleep.  

Remember, by adding unnecessary adjectives, you will bring yourself close to lowering down your score. Your letter will be regarded as not up to the mark. 

Following are the correct sentences. The use of adjectives is acceptable too. 

  • It was a subjective opinion from the psychiatrist on the patient's problem.
  • The report was critical of the state of aftercare provision.
  • These fumes are reported to be very lethal if inhaled.
  •  His grandmother is quite infirm now. 
  • A fetus is viable by 28th week of the pregnancy.
  • Ms. Martha is quite deaf so speak slowly and clearly. 
  • Her baby was born five weeks premature
  • The skin has become a little inflamed around the sore.
  • It is very important that the elderly patients should be mobile.  
  • Her foot is so painful that she can hardly walk.
  • The patient was reported to be depressed for 3 weeks. 
  • Bright light can be harmful to your eyes.
  •  The woman was tested for latent viral infection.
  • He has an obsessive desire to smoke. 
  • The little boy’s shoulders were still tender when he got sunburnt.
  • The doctors tried to sew the severed finger back onto the woman’s hand.
  • The patient is reported to be passing excessive quantities of urine.
  • She felt acute chest pains.

The patient was bedridden and the nurse looked after him for about 2 weeks. 
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