Words Students Confuse: debatable

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Today we had a written entry:

How the government should spend public money is debatable.

The problem is with the combination of the word "should" with the word "debatable".

Debatable means "able to be discussed, debated, questioned", while "should" introduces an obligation. 

A better way to phrase this sentence would be, "How the government should spend public money is an issue that is widely debated."

Make sure you are using words correctly on your IELTS / TOEFL or TOEIC writing exam!
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