Key Word: Relationship
1 Verb + relationship
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Use the correct form of these verbs:
build up fall apart
have break off
- I saw Millie and Jake walking hand in hand. They must be ____________ some sort of relationship.
- Fortunately the relationship between the police and the local community has ____________ since last month’s riots.
- Let’s call it a day! I don’t think our relationship is going to ____________. We don’t agree on anything.
- Our business has grown and grown because we concentrated on____________ good relationships with all our clients – big and small.
- When Jane discovered that her new boyfriend was still in touch with his old girlfriend, she____________ the relationship immediately.
- Liz and Harry have split up. Their relationship____________ after Harry started travelling in his work.
2 Common adjective collocations
Complete the sentences with these words:
- Many of the staff find our new MD difficult to work with and don’t get on with him. However, I seem to have established a good ____________ relationship with him right from the start.
- I have a very____________ relationship with my youngest brother. I had to look after him when he was a boy. We still spend a great deal of time together.
- I have a____________ relationship with my job! Sometimes I find my work very interesting while at other times I just want to be somewhere else.
- They’ve never fallen out with each other in twenty years of marriage. They obviously have a very ____________ relationship.
- They see a lot of each other but their relationship is strictly platonic. They have no kind of ____________ relationship as far as I know.
- Sadly, our affair was brief. It did not develop into a ____________ relationship.
3 Positive and negative relationships
Mark the expressions in bold P (positive relationship), or B (bad relationship):
- I enjoy a fairly harmonious relationship with my children. It’s always been friendly and peaceful.
- I have a rather uneasy relationship with my mother-in-law. I’m not comfortable with her and I find it quite a strain having her to stay with us.
- I feel sorry for Marie. She’s had a string of disastrous relationships since the breakup of her marriage.
- They appear to have a healthy relationship – they can talk about most things and they remain on good terms even when they disagree.
- They have a stormy relationship. One minute they are looking lovingly into each other’s eyes, the next they are shouting and arguing with each other.
4 Expressions with prepositions
Complete the sentences below with these nouns:
breakdown details nature
- She’s applied for a divorce. Money problems have put a severe __________ on their relationship.
- He deliberately misled us about the__________ of their relationship. He said they were just good friends, but they’ve been having an affair for years.
- The most common cause of depression today is the __________ of a close relationship.
- The local police chief dodged__________ on his relationship with the local drugs mafia.
- The Sunday papers were full of pictures of the bishop plus all the sordid_________ of his relationship with the actress.
In 1-3 ‘last’ is also possible.
In 1-4 ‘establish’ is also possible.
2. Note the question:
What’s your relationship to Bill? => He’s my nephew.
3. Note the following relationship:
Trust is a key factor in the doctor-patient relationship.
4. ‘In a relationship’ means to have a lover:
No, I’m not married, but I’m in a relationship right now.
Ex 1: 1. having 2. improved 3. work 4. building up 5. broke off 6. fell apart
Ex 2: 1. working 2. close 3. love-hate 4. stable 5. physical 6. lasting
Ex 3: l-P 2-B 3-B 4-P 5-B
Ex 4: 1. strain 2. nature 3. breakdown 4. questions 5. details
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