Should I use this word in the IELTS writing test when describing places on a map?

A children's playground and a water for aquatic flora are propinquitous.

Nhật Bìnha water

That is such an elementary mistake. Water is noncount.

Nhật Bìnhpropinquitous

I have seen this word maybe a few times in my life. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propinquity

When you have a very silly mistake in the same sentence with a very specialized word, the examiner will not be pleased.


No. Avoid unfamiliar vocabulary. The examiner will see right through it and you will not impress them one iota.

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Propinquitous is so obscure that few dictionaries list it. I would guess that most native speakers wouldn't know it. If the examiner didn't know the word, and didn't find it in their dictionary, they would think it didn't exist, and would mark you down for it.

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AlpheccaStarsWater is noncount.

A pond. A slip of the 'keyboard'^^

"Propinquity" is a cool word. I've always liked it. It's fun to use it and then watch them wonder what it means. You have to be careful, though. A few people will know it, and they will know if you have used it unadvisedly, as you have here. The word "propinquitous" connotes affinity in addition to nearness unless the sentence does not permit a plain "nearby", but your sentence positively cries out for "nearby". I remember Piers Anthony used "propinquity" in one of his early Xanth books, something like "Propinquity facilitates adaptation", and all he meant was that having the two things in close proximity makes it easier to combine them. He liked to toss in vocabulary-builder words when he could, and he was always right on the money. He's still alive at 86.

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anonymous"Propinquity" is a cool word. I've always liked it. It's fun to use it and then watch them wonder what it means.

Could you give me some examples?^^

Nhật BìnhCould you give me some examples?^^

The AAVE use of the word "up", as in "They be a party up in here", signifies propinquity.

Nhật BìnhCould you give me some examples?^^

Propinquity is not a word I normally use, though it rolls off the tongue nicely. I believe I first met it in Shakespeare's "King Lear":

Let it be so; thy truth, then, be thy dower:
For, by the sacred radiance of the sun,
The mysteries of Hecate, and the night;
By all the operation of the orbs
From whom we do exist, and cease to be;
Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
Propinquity and property of blood,
And as a stranger to my heart and me
Hold thee, from this, for ever. The barbarous Scythian,
Or he that makes his generation messes
To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosom
Be as well neighbour'd, pitied, and relieved,
As thou my sometime daughter.

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