Collocation: the other key to IELTS 7 (4 of 8)


Collocation: the other key to IELTS 7 (4 of 8)

Time to Practice

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

  1. Guns could cause a disaster.
  2. This can increase the opportunity of fighting.
  3. This can contribute to some negative impacts.
  4. Living alone has more freedom.
  5. The government should promote the dangers of smoking.
  6. Many people are serious smokers.
  7. People are forced to smoke second-hand smoke.

Answers to Collocation 3 of 8

Here are the answers to the previous collocation exercise. The first sentence has the wrong collocation; the second sentence has the correct one.

  1. Raising a child causes much money.

Raising a child costs much money.

  1. Parents have the duty to look after their children.

Parents have the obligation to look after their children.

  1. This can make the public under the theat.

This can make the public under the theat.

  1. Building nuclear power is too dangerous.

Building nuclear power-station is too dangerous.

  1. Nuclear power serves energy.

Nuclear power provides energy.

  1. All workers must shoulder their duties.

All workers must perform/accept their duties.

[We ‘shoulder burdens’.]

  1. Parents must shape models for their children.

Parents must be role-models for their children.

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