Vocabulary | Academic Collocations Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed


​​Today’s post contains another 8 useful collocations. Test yourself and make an effort to learn any of the collocations which are new for you. Remember, you should be aiming to learn about ten to fifteen new words a week as you prepare for the IELTS test.

complete the sentences

1. Nouns _____ into two separate categories: countable and uncountable.
divide
fall
remain
slip
2. My talk will _____ the reasons why I think blood sports should be banned.
touch around
touch in
touch
touch on
3. Can you _____ summarize the story of your favourite movie.
completely
briefly
absolutely
shortly
4. In my essay I will _____ the case for people to use public transportation.
give
provide
make
insist
5. Those who don’t _____ the law will be pursued by the police.
obey
keep
hold
support
6. Please _____ with the safety regulations and familiarize yourself with the fire escape exits.
follow
comply
work
make
7. The police _____ an investigation into the businesses involved in the scandal.
carried in
carried around
carried out
carried within
8. A large proportion _____ the people who I interviewed had a negative view on the issue.
of
around
in
off


​Practice Activity

​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. Which two categories do mammals fall into?
  2. Talk for a minute. In your talk, touch on the reasons why you like the house or apartment in which you live now.
  3. Briefly summarize the plot of a film which you saw recently.
  4. What case can you make for children to learn fewer subjects at school?
  5. Have you ever seen someone get into trouble for not obeying the law?
  6. What safety regulations do you have to comply with when travelling on an airplane?
  7. Have you ever carried out an investigation into something in class or at work?
  8. Do a large proportion of people in your country speak a foreign language?

It’s time for Collocations Quiz 5!

Repetition is important to remember new words. Go back through our other collocations quizzes to strengthen your memory and confidence in using that vocabulary. 

Collocations quiz 1
Collocations quiz 2
Collocations quiz 3

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