Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: detail

detail

1          Verb + details

Use the correct form of these verbs:

absorb             check                           disclose            go into

send                 finalise                        take                 uncover

  1. Please ___________ that these details are correct before you sign the form.
  2. Please write, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope, and we will ___________ you details of the health plan.
  3. The city council have refused to ___________ details of its plan to close the city centre to traffic.
  4. I don’t understand why some newspapers dig into the past of politicians in an attempt to ___________ details of their previous love affairs. It’s sick!
  5. There’s too much information in this leaflet. I’m having difficulty ___________ all the details.
  6. I can’t ___________ details at the moment; it would take too long. I’ll just give you the gist of what he said and I’ll fill you in later with all the details.
  7. The police ___________ all the details and said they would get back to me within the week.
  8. We can’t ___________ the details of our holiday yet. I won’t know when I can get time off till Friday.

2          Giving details

Match the two halves of these sentences.

Underline the verbs which mean ‘giving details’.

  1. Can you give us …
  2. Police have so far released …
  3. The jurors were given strict instructions from the judge not to reveal …
  4. A company spokesman refused to disclose …
  5. The government recently announced …
  6. He talked to the press and divulged …
  7. The travel company has provided us with …

a          full details of our journey across Australia.

b          details of its plan to improve the health service.

c          a few more details. For example, does the price include travel insurance?

d          no details of the missing children.

e          details of its revolutionary new product until the official launch.

f           any details of the case to the press.

g          details of our private conversation. You can’t trust anybody these days!

3          Common adjective collocations

Use the following adjectives in these sentences:

final                 further             gory

minor              personal          precise

  1. If you need more information about the holiday accommodation, ____________ details can be found on our website.
  2. All we know is that Di’s had an accident, but we don’t know the   ____________ details.
  3. Fill out one of these application forms with all your____________ details.
  4. The report contains a lot of unimportant issues. We must be careful not to let these____________ details distract us from the big issues.
  5. Richard’s description of the blood and everything almost made me sick. He wasn’t happy till he’d told us all the____________ details of the accident.
  6. We’ve agreed the general outline of the agreement, but the ____________ details have still to be worked out.

4          Expressions with prepositions

Use in, into, about and on in the following:

  1. We’ll need to examine the plan ____________ greater detail before we can give it our approval.
  2. They are still arguing____________ the details of the arrangements.
  3. I won’t go ____________ detail. All I’m prepared to say is she was fairly critical.
  4. Contact the number at the bottom of the page for more details ____________ how to obtain a passport.
 
 

Notes

1.         In 3-2 you could also use ‘exact’.

2.         Note these expressions:

Artists need to have an eye for detail.

Proof-reading needs great attention to detail.

They had planned the trip down to the smallest detail.

3.         Note this noun phrase:

The guidebook contains a wealth of detail on the history of revolutionary France.

4.         If someone notices everything, eg spotting spelling mistakes, you can say that they ‘have an excellent eye for detail’.

 

ANSWER KEY

Ex 1:

1 check               2. send             3. disclose       4. uncover

5 absorbing      6. go into         7. took             8. finalise

Ex 2:

l-c        2-d       3-f       4-e       5-b       6-g       7-a

Ex 3:

1.further          2. precise         3. personal            4. minor           5.gory              6.final

Ex 4:

  1. in         2. about             3. into              4. on

 

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