Let’s do Collocation Again, Okay? (12 of 12)

By | December 4, 2019

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Let’s do Collocation Again, Okay? (12 of 12)

Collocation is the key to getting a higher IELTS Writing and Speaking score, but it is not easy. 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? By the way, you can learn more about me at   www.aisielts.com .

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 this. The answers will be in the next ‘collocation’ post.

1.

This makes a big impact on students lives.

2.

The power of guns is vital.

3.

People want to escape the patterns of everyday life

4.

The fare is considerably expensive.

5.

People can now easily transport to other countries.

6.

Foreign tourism creates jobs for native people.

7.

Travelling in one’s own countries means one sees all the same things and buildings.

8.

Due to the prosperity of the tourism, more jobs are created.

Answers to Collocation 11 of 12

1.

When a criminal is executed, it creates a vivid image.

When a criminal is executed, it creates a tragic/terrible/shocking image.

2.

The police need to research the crime more.

The police need to investigate the crime more.

3.

The police can cheat about what actually happened.

The police can lie about what actually happened.

4.

It experienced a period of downturn.

It experienced a period of decline.

5.

The park had large grass.

The park had tall grass.

6.

Single-sex schooling promotes poor social development.

Single-sex schooling does not help in the development of social skills.

Single-sex schooling hinders natural social development.

Single-sex schooling retards natural social development.

Single-sex schooling negatively affects social development.

‘Promote’ is a positive verb, used for positive aspects. We promote development, learning, a new company, product, or idea. ‘Poor social skills’ is negative, so we need to change ‘promote’ to neutral or negative phrasing, which could require more than one word.

7.

Single-sex schools provide a chance to sexually confuse students.

The environment of single-sex schools can sexually confuse students.

This is the same problem as 6. ‘Provide a chance’ is for positive things. My teaching provides a chance for you to learn.

8.

Guns should be banned, since they are possibly deadly tools.

Guns should be banned, since they are potentially deadly tools.

By the way, you can learn more about me at   www.aisielts.com .

Author: Andrew

Andrew Guilfoyle Cambridge CELTA, Cambridge DELTA, Cambridge CELTA teacher-trainer, M.Ed