Vocabulary | Academic Collocations Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

​It has been some time now since we focused on learning any new collocations, so today I 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.

Follow the links below to do our other collocations quizzes.
Collocations Quiz 1
Collocations Quiz 2
Collocations Quiz 3
Collocations Quiz 4

Select the correct words to complete the collocations

1. Since he lost his job, Dave has been in difficult _____ due to his lack of income.
circumstances
situation
times
mentality
2. I _____ recommend that you go and speak to the manager.
deeply
totally
truthfully
strongly
3. One of the most ______ features of the landscape is the huge lake in the center of the country.
individual
biggest
great
striking
4. If I am _____ a bad mood, I find it very helpful to listen to relaxing music.
into
upon
in
on
5. The correct _____ to cook a Christmas cake involves a lot of fruit and brandy.
way
attempts
processes
case
6. It is important to teach children to _____ responsibility for their actions.
make
agree
give
accept
(Note: Another popular collocation is ‘take responsibility’. It has the same meaning as the collocation above.)
7. If you wish to _____ your goal you must work very hard.
get
have
achieve
manifest
(Note: We can also use the collocation ‘reach your goal’.)
8. In tomorrow’s class we will _____ the issue of how studies in psychology have affected advertising.
address
talk
argue
disrupt

How did you do? Remember to write down new words and phrases in your vocabulary book to help you remember them. 

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 you make.
  1. Where would you strongly recommend for a tourist to visit in your home country?
  2. What is the most striking feature of the landscape where you live?
  3. What puts you in a really good mood?
  4. What is the correct way to make a cup of coffee?
  5. Why is it important for children to accept responsibility for their actions?
  6. What important issues need to be addressed in your home country?

We hope you have found this lesson useful. For more free interactive vocabulary lessons, visit our vocabulary page

Now lets go to Collocations Quiz 6.

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