Let’s do Collocation Again, Okay? (3 of 12)

By | September 23, 2019

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Let’s do Collocation Again, Okay? (3 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?

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. Online shopping prevents people from walking to shops.
  1. As awareness of the threats of smoking has developed, …
  1. People cannot refuse tobacco because of its nicotine.
  1. One reason is that the fee of travelling is much cheaper now.
  1. Travellers need to conquer the obstacles when they travel.
  1. The government should make advertisements to promote their own country.
  1. SARS was one of the most rigorous viruses this decade.
  1. AIDS has been studied for years, but there is still no solution.

Answers to Collocation 2 of 12

  1. … yet people think different perspectives.

Yet people have different perspectives.

  1. Nuclear energy has the risk of an explosion.

Nuclear energy carries the risk of an explosion.

  1. Teenagers need to avoid the peer pressure.

Teenagers needs to resist the peer pressure.

  1. A serious earthquake happened in Japan.

A major earthquake happened in Japan.

Perhaps this earthquake caused serious damage. Earthquakes are a serious worry in Japan, and many people should give serious consideration to this.

  1. Countries should not make nuclear energy.

Countries should not generate nuclear energy.

  1. The police sometimes force people to admit to their crimes.

The police sometimes force people to confess.

The police sometimes coerce people into confessing.

  1. This murderer was renowned for his brutal crime.

This murderer was notorious/infamous for his brutal crime.

‘Renowned’ = famous and admired for a special skill or achievement. It is for positive aspects. For example, ‘Teacher Andrew is renowned for his ability to prepare students for IELTS.’ An orchestra can be world-renowned. So, we need a word that means ‘renowned’ for its badness, and the two adjectives: ‘notorious’ and ‘infamous’ do this.

  1. Traditional shopping allows people to touch the texture of the goods.

Traditional shopping allows people to feel the texture of the good.

We touch the product, not the texture.

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Author: Andrew

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