Every language has phrases and sentences that cannot be understood by just knowing the individual words. This is known as idiomatic language, and it is a very important part of any language, including English, and is very useful for IELTS speaking. Here’s an example.
This means that you are addicted or highly dependent on something
This phrase is useful because it can describe many more extremes of behaviour, and has a fun and upbeat feel. It all comes from the formal word, ‘alcoholic’ describing a person who is addicted to alcohol [as in the above picture]. The ‘-holic’ suffix has now been attached to many words to show a similar dependence on various forms of goods or behaviour. Many of these now appear in dictionaries, such as …
This ‘-olic’ suffix can also be playfully twisted (with the appropriate fun intonation and facial expressions) to show even greater flexibility. For example,
I’m a bit of a …
The formal forms ‘alcoholic’, ‘workaholic’, ‘shopaholic’, and a few others, can be used in writing, but all the rest (immediately above) are too playful to be in IELTS Writing.
Here are some example sentences in IELTS Speaking.
“Sometimes I think I’m a coffeeholic, the way I drink the stuff.”
“Stereotypically, of course, women are assumed to be shopaholics.”
“I’m a bit of a workaholic, I’m afraid.”
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