Vocabulary | Academic Collocations Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

​Today we have 8 more useful collocations for you. First, test your knowledge with our quiz and then practice using the collocations in the practice activity. Finally, listen to the audio to hear the collocations being used by a native speaker.

If you haven't done it yet, go back and complete collocations quiz 1.
​USE COLLOCATIONS TO FILL IN THE GAPS

1. Don’t ______ your time doing things that are not important.
ruin
use
waste
lack

2. _____ resources are generally more expensive than abundant ones.
staple
extra
stapler
scarce

3. Most medication must be taken at _____ intervals. You mustn’t just take it randomly.
regular
repeated
relevant
recent

4. Supply and demand are the most important _____ forces.
economy
market
marketing
consumptive

5. if you _____ a crime, you will be punished.
do
commit
make
conduct

6. Candidates who _____ the requirements will be offered a scholarship.
get
are
receive
meet

7. I plan to _____ a business which will sell clothing online in foreign countries.
set up
start over
invest
sell out

8. The engineers are ______ progress with the bridge they are building.
having
taking
giving
making





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 the IELTS speaking test. Listen back to the recording for any errors which you have made.

  1. Have you ever been angry with someone for wasting your time?
  2. What resources are becoming scarce?
  3.  Do you eat at regular intervals?
  4. How do market forces affect the lives of ordinary people?
  5. Have you ever seen someone commit a crime?
  6. What requirements do people need to meet to go to university?
  7. What could be difficult about setting up a business?
  8. Can people make progress in life without making plans?
 
You can also write answers to the questions in our comments section and we can give you some feedback on your writing.

Here are Sam and Tom answering the questions above. Use the recording to learn more about how to use the words in context with the correct pronunciation and stress

Collocations Quiz 2.mp3
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Now let's move on to collocations quiz 3!