Vocabulary | Academic Collocations Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

Many candidates spend a lot of time learning idioms. However, the meaning of an idiom is often very restricted and so they are difficult to use effectively.

​It is much more productive to spend your time mastering collocations (words that we like to use together) as they are often idiomatic and can be used in both writing and speaking. This will greatly help you reach a band 7 and above for vocabulary.

Select the correct words to complete the collocations below. For questions you get wrong, remember the correct answer and use it often so that you don’t forget it.

COMPLETE THE COLLOCATIONS
1. In the morning, there is often _______ traffic on my way to work.
large
deep
heavy
weighty
2. If you want to see a GP, _______ an appointment with the receptionist.
create
do
form
make
3. The government don’t seem to be _______ aware of the implication of the decision.
fully
really
incredibly
greatly
4. Google _______ huge profits every year because of its search engine and advertising.
gets
receives
makes
succeeds
5. How will he _______ his goal?
become
achieve
receive
succeed
6. If you don’t _______ targets for yourself, you won’t reach your goals.
make
try
set
support
7. In his new book, the author makes a _______ argument for major economies to invest more in renewable power sources.
powerful
contrasting
favourable
heavy
8. It is easy to _______ a connection between rising fuel costs and rising prices for basic food stuffs such as rice and bread.
keep
hear
write
draw


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 text. Listen back to the recording for any errors which you have made.
  1. Where can heavy traffic be encountered in the town which you live?
  2. When was the last time you made an appointment to see a doctor?
  3. Are you fully aware of where your family comes from?
  4. Which companies from your country made the highest profits last year?
  5. How can someone achieve their goal of studying in a foreign country?
  6. Why might it be important for people to set targets for themselves?
  7. Why do some people make an argument for continuing use of fossil fuels?
  8. Why do people often draw a connection between poverty and poor health?


Now you are ready for collocations quiz 4!
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