Vocabulary | Academic Collocations Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

Today we have 8 more very useful collocations which can be used in both speaking and writing. Remember, you should be aiming to learn about ten to fifteen new words a week as you prepare for the IELTS test. When you study the words/phrases below, write them in your vocabulary book with a definition and example sentence.

For previous collocations quizzes, follow the links here:
Collocations Quiz 1 
Collocations Quiz 2 
Collocations Quiz 3 
Collocations Quiz 4 
Collocations Quiz 5 

Useful Collocations | Quiz 6

1. A ______ argument can be made for the need for more investment in public transport.
powerful
true
heavy
hard
2. In this essay I will _____ a connection between children watching violent movies and themselves exhibiting violent behavior.
give
establish
provide
assert
3. Unfortunately, the policy to build more factories in the city will negatively _____ the health of a large number of people.
remove
affect
alter
change
4. The negative impact of meat production on the environment is a _____ reason to become a vegetarian.
positive
tremendous
great
compelling
5. Some people don’t _____ in mind how much they are spending when they first get a credit card and this can lead to very real problems.
think
bear
perceive
focus
6. _____ analysis should be made of the effects of this process on the local community.
Intense
Thoughtful
Strong
Careful
7. Many people _____ doubt on the theory of evolution because they simply don’t understand it.
fire
suggest
throw
cast
8. The _____ components of cement are sand and lime and these are mixed with water.
true
first and foremost
prime
main

Note:
​In Quiz Question 2, we can also use ‘draw’ a connection​.
In Quiz Question 3, we use ‘affect‘ rather than ‘effect‘ because affect is typically used as a verb and effect is typically used as a noun. 


Practice Task

If the collocations in this post are new for you, make sure you check the meaning in a dictionary.

If you don’t use new vocabulary, you are likely to 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 you make.
  1. What is the most powerful argument for using public transport?
  2. What are the main components of your favourite food?
  3. How does exercise positively affect your health?
  4. What should you bear in mind when you are writing an IELTS task 2 essay?
  5. Has anyone ever cast doubt on an opinion of yours?


Want more practice? Go to Collocations Quiz 7!