Collocation: the other key to IELTS 7 (2 of 16)

Collocation: the other key to IELTS 7 (2 of 16)

Collocation is the key to getting a higher IELTS Writing and Speaking score, but it is not easy. English words: adjectives and nouns, verbs and adverbs, must connect together stylishly, in accepted patterns giving precise meaning – just all the parts of the above video.

Students often do not collocate words very well (which is why they don’t receive IELTS 7 or 8). To have ‘a sense of collocation’ (= IELTS 7), you need to have some familiarity with English. So, start reading all my pixnet posts, and getting this familiarity, right?

In the meantime, the following exercises will help.

Time to Practice

Can you ‘fix’ the following sentences by changing (or removing) the underlined word? There may be different ways to answer these. The answers will be in the next ‘collocation’ post.

  1. The granules are sent into an oven.
  2. Participating in the army can be risky.
  3. Army life practises personal skills.
  4. We must take attention to national defence.
  5. Countries should put more resources into space.
  6. It has taken great effort to reach nowaday’s achievements.
  7. We are offering coupons with this letter.
  8. Computers make more convenience.
  9. The production of wheat had the highest decrease.
  10. This could cause emotional disease.

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