Vocabulary | Academic Collocations Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

​Try this multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge about a range of collocations. If a collocation is new for you, then learn it and start using it. Remember, as you are preparing to take the IELTS test you should be trying to learn 10 to 15 new words or phrases every week.
USE COLLOCATIONS TO FILL IN THE GAPS

1. The _____ majority of rain in Spain falls mostly on the central plain.
big
vast
most
far
2. The fact there is a _____ gap between the rich and poor in my country is worrying.
climbing
lengthening
widening
soaring
3. In _____ years we have experienced a rise in the number of cars on the road.
last
latest
past
recent
4. I was _____ disappointed when I failed my driving test.
bitterly
strongly
forcefully
largely
5. Many _____ species can be found on the grasslands and in the jungles of Africa.
risky
imperiled
endangered
unlucky
6. The internet added a _____ to crime.
new area
new dimension
new zone
new criminality
7. Darwin and Wallace were the first scientists to _____ the theory of evolution.
predict over
made up
plan out
put forward
8. The police said that the _____ details of what happened are still not available.
precise
really
best
exactly


Practice Task

​If you don’t use new vocabulary, you forget it. You should record yourself answering the following questions, as this will help you to remember the new vocabulary and help you to prepare for possible questions in part 3 of the IELTS speaking text.

  1. What language do the vast majority of people in your country speak?
  2. Is there a widening gap between the rich and the poor in your country?
  3. What changes have you seen in recent years in the government of your country?
  4. Why do people feel bitterly disappointed when they don’t achieve a goal?
  5. What can be done to protect endangered species?
  6. How has the internet added a new dimension to studying?
  7. Have you ever put forward an idea to your classmates or colleagues?
  8. Can you give precise details about a major news event in your country at the moment?


We have recorded our answers for the questions above. Compare your answers to these native speaker examples and for extra pronunciation practice, see if you can copy the rhythm of our responses. 

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