Let’s do Collocation Again, Okay? (6 of 12)

By | October 6, 2019

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Let’s do Collocation Again, Okay? (6 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.

Nuclear power stations are taken care of.

2.

In an emergency condition, guns are needed

3.

Smokers should be banned from public spaces.

4.

With online shopping, people have to expose personal information.

5.

Smoking is a harmful behaviour.

6.

The government needs to set landmarks as free places to visit.

7.

Students need to learn about the disadvantages to smoking.

8.

For teenagers, opinion from their peers is important.

9.

The nicotine activates receptors to release dopamine.

10.

The prisoner was sentenced to the death penalty.

Answers to Collocation 5 of 12

1.

There is a big amount of buildings in cities.

There is a large amount of buildings in cities.

2.

The right to life should not be despoiled by any person or government.

The right to life should not be violated by any person or government.

We violate rights. We despoil views, churches, and the environment. Despoil means … well, spoiling something by taking away all the nice or attractive parts.

3.

The results of the police investigation can be not true.

The results of the police investigation can be unreliable.

4.

Thus, we can believe some of these people were innocent.

Thus, we can conclude some of these people were innocent.

5.

The level of punishment which criminals should receive ….

The degree/type of punishment which criminals should receive ….

6.

Smokers will encounter many health problems.

Smokers will face/suffer from many health problems.

7.

The smell of smoke is easily discovered.

The smell of smoke is easily noticed/detected.

8.

We cannot stand just one nuclear explosion.

We cannot accept just one nuclear explosion.

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Author: Andrew

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