Advanced Grammar for IELTS : Common Adverb+Adjective Collocations

Advanced Grammar for IELTS: Common Adverb+Adjective Collocations

To get Band 7.0+ for the IELTS writing and speaking test, you should develop excellent writing and speaking skills by learning a large repertoire of collocations.

Using collocations in the right place will help you to boost your IELTS score as well as help you speak more like a native speaker. Using new words as collocations may help us to boost our vocabulary. Adverb+Adjective collocations are where the words from Adverbs go along with the Adjective words.

The following (adverb + adjective) collocations are taken from the British National Corpus with the help you improve your vocabulary and score higher in IELTS. (Below, “sb’ = somebody and ‘sth’ = something.)

  • bitterly + cold, disappointed, divided, hostile, humiliated, hurt. opposed, resented, resentful, upset

  • completely  + acclimatized, alone, different, drained, empty/full, extinguished, immune
    (from/to sth), incapable (of sth). incomprehensible, lost, negative, new, open (with sb) (= honest), overlooked, revised, right/wrong, untenable

  • deeply  +  ashamed, attached (to sbtsth) (= strong feeling for), conscious, conservative, depressed, disappointed, disturbed, divided, embedded, embittered, hurt, indebted (to sb), ingrained, in love with, involved, involved (in sth), lamented, meaningful, moving, religious, rutted
  • entirely + absent, beneficial, clear, different, false, fitting, free, global, impersonal, loyal, new. obvious, serious, unconvincing, unexpected
  • heavily   +   armed, booked, built, censored, criticized, embroiled (with sb/sth). flavored,
    guarded, involved (in sth). muscled, polluted, populated, protected, publicized, regulated, represented, scented, soiled, taxed
  • hideously   +  bad, burnt, deformed, disfigured, disfiguring, effective, embarrassing, expensive, injured, lurid, mangled, scarred, swollen, ugly, unhygienicIELTS Ebooks CTA
  • highly   +  commended, contagious, controversial, critical, dependent, developed, educated, enjoyable, flexible, intelligent, mobile, paid, personal, polished, political, popular, publicized, qualified, recommended, regarded, relevant, resistant, respected, significant, skilled, specialized, technical, toxic, trained, unlikely, valued, volatile
  • painfully   +   acute, aware, evocative, learned, loud, obvious, self-conscious, sensitive, shy.
    slow, small, sparse, thin
  • perfectly   +   arranged, balanced, capable, fitting (= appropriate), formed, genuine, good.
    healthy, normal, placed, proper, rational, reasonable, (all) right, safe, still, straightforward, understandable, valid
  • seriously   +   damaged, exposed, hit (= damaged), ill. impaired, rich, threatened,
    undermined, wealthy
  • totally   +   abandoned, abused, alien, anaemic, decent, destroyed, different, embarrassed, harmless, homogeneous, honest, impervious (to sth), inadequate, incompetent, integrated, irresistible, logical, new, normal, overpowering, stiff, surprising, unacceptable, unbelievable, undefined, unjustified, wasted
  • Utterly  +  abandoned, alone, appalled, careless, dejected, destroyed, devoted (to sb), different, disastrous, fearless, futile, impossible, irresistible, lacking, ruthless, tragic, unacceptable, unattainable, unquestioning, useless, wrecked

Exercise :

Read the article below and decide which word (A – C) best fits each space (1 – 10). The exercise begins with an example (0).

Advanced Grammar for IELTS: Common Adverb+Adjective Collocations


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Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.

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