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12 useful verbs relating to crime and punishment to use in your IELTS exam

12 useful verbs relating to crime and punishment to use in your IELTS exam

 

Here are some useful verbs that you could use in your IELTS exam responses if you are asked to talk or write about crime and punishment.

Acquit: To free (someone) from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty.

Commit: To carry out or perform (a crime, mistake, or immoral act).

Convict: To declare (someone) to be guilty of a criminal offence by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law.

Detain: To keep (someone) in official custody, typically for questioning about a crime or in politically sensitive situations.

Exonerate: To officially absolve (someone) from blame for a fault or wrongdoing, especially after due consideration of the evidence, often after originally being found guilty.

Imprison: To put (someone) in prison or in a place similar to a prison.

Investigate: To carry out a systematic inquiry or examination into (an incident, allegation, etc.) in order to establish the facts.

Pardon: To officially forgive (someone) for a crime and free them from any punishment that would otherwise be imposed.

Perpetrate: To carry out or commit (a harmful, illegal, or immoral action).

Prosecute: To institute legal proceedings against (a person or organisation).

Punish: To impose a penalty on (someone) as retribution for an offence, especially a crime.

Sentence: To declare the punishment decided for (someone) after a conviction in a court of law.

 

Can you complete the following sentences using one word from the list for each answer? Use the correct form of the word and make sure your answer completes a grammatically correct sentence!

 

Acquit / Commit / Convict / Detain / Exonerate / Imprison / Investigate / Pardon / Perpetrate/ Prosecute / Punish / Sentence

 

1. In recent years, many individuals have found it easier to ……………………… cybercrimes due to the anonymity afforded by the internet.

2. It is challenging for lawyers worldwide to ………………………… transnational crimes such as human trafficking effectively.

3. It is the court’s role to fairly …………………………….. offenders found guilty of a crime, balancing punishment with rehabilitation.

4. There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not capital punishment effectively ………………………….. the most heinous crimes while also acting as useful deterrent.

5. The UK prison system ………………………….. juveniles separately from adults to protect their rehabilitation prospects.

6. Courts must carefully ………………………… suspects when evidence fails to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

7. Only numerous occasions forensic science ……………………….. innocent individuals wrongly accused of serious crimes.

8. On occasion the President may ……………………… an individual convicted of a non-violent offence.

9. UK Police are able to …………………………… a suspect in a crime for questioning for up to 24 hours before they have to charge or release the suspect.

10. Law enforcement agencies continually ……………………………… organised crime networks to dismantle their operations.

11. It is imperative to ………………………………… individuals who are guilty of corruption to uphold the rule of law.

12. Many urban areas face the problem of gangs who ……………………………….. robberies on a regular basis across the city.

 

Answers

1. In recent years, many individuals have found it easier to commit OR perpetrate cybercrimes due to the anonymity afforded by the internet.

2. It is challenging for lawyers worldwide to prosecute transnational crimes such as human trafficking effectively.

3. It is the court’s role to fairly sentence offenders found guilty of a crime, balancing punishment with rehabilitation.

4. There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not capital punishment effectively punishes the most heinous crimes while also acting as useful deterrent.

5. The UK prison system imprisons juveniles separately from adults to protect their rehabilitation prospects.

6. Courts must carefully acquit suspects when evidence fails to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

7. Only numerous occasions forensic science has exonerated innocent individuals wrongly accused of serious crimes.

8. On occasion the President may pardon an individual convicted of a non-violent offence.

9. UK Police are able to detain a suspect in a crime for questioning for up to 24 hours before they have to charge or release the suspect.

10. Law enforcement agencies continually investigate organised crime networks to dismantle their operations.

11. It is imperative to convict individuals who are guilty of corruption to uphold the rule of law.

12. Many urban areas face the problem of gangs who commit OR perpetrate robberies on a regular basis across the city.

 

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