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Advanced Vocabulary for IELTS 7.0 – 8.0 – 9.0: Employment (Part 2)

Advanced Vocabulary for IELTS 7.0 – 8.0 – 9.0: Employment (Part 2)

Advanced Vocabulary for IELTS 7.0 – 8.0 – 9.0:Employment – Practice Exercises and Answer Key (Part 2)

Verb Collocations

Use the verbs from the box below to complete the sentences. All verbs should be used at least once and some will be needed more than once. The form of the verb should be changed where necessary.

table put cut hand
draw pursue let drive
serve call dismiss reject
enter ply claim overlook
reach go tender hold
breach air climb relieve
lay terminate apply give
return take make miss
  1. Street vendors ______ their trade on street corners across the country.
  2. Please, if you have a grievance, by all means ______ it; we don’t want there to be any bad feeling.
  3. He has ______ in his notice; how are we going to be able to replace him?
  4. Either ______ your resignation or I will fire you; it’s as simple as that.
  5. I can’t seem to ______ down a job much longer than a couple of months.
  6. I’m ______ a career break to do some travelling while I’m still young and fit enough to make the most of it.
  7. We’re ______ your contract of employment immediately on account of your abusive behaviour.
  8. You are in ______ of your contract; consider yourself of your duties as of now.
  9. Why don’t you ______ a leave of absence to sort out your personal problems and come back to us when you are fully better.
  10. We had no choice but to ______ off two-thirds of the workforce.
  11. I’m being ______ redundant – they’re giving me a £250,000 pay-off.
  12. The company ______ under, leaving its 50-odd staff jobless.
  13. If you continue to behave so irresponsibly, rest assured that you will be ______ the sack.
  14. I ______ my expenses back for the train journey I took to the meeting in Hoburn.
  15. You should ______ for that position; I think you would be perfect for it!
  16. On account of having ______ one of my targets, I forfeited my bonus; such is life…
  17. I am presently jobless and ______ the dole.
  18. I intend to ______ my notice period out in full.
  19. I am not prepared to ______ on new responsibilities unless I receive a pay rise.
  20. The staff at all ten of their centers ______ a lightning strike.
  21. We ______ on strike about 6 days ago; so far management have refused to negotiate.
  22. This industrial dispute is now drawing to a close as both parties have agreed to ______ into negotiations on a compromise agreement.
  23. You ______ a hard bargain, but I agree that your role in this company is central to its success; therefore, I am prepared to offer you a considerable pay rise.
  24. We were forced to ______ industrial action when our salaries were by 10%.
  25. I have to ______ you go, I’m afraid; it’s just not working out for you here if you are honest with yourself, is it?
  26. His determination is commendable, but to ______ the corporate ladder he will also require no small measure of cunning.
  27. I ______ an offer on the table but it has been firmly . In light of this, I have nothing further to say. See you in court.
  28. Both parties have agreed to ______ to the negotiating table in an effort to a compromise.
  29. We are being ______ in the courts for damages as a result of an allegation of unfair dismissal.
  30. She was ______ on the grounds that she was no longer mentally fit to carry out her role.
  31. I ______ the motion, which was seconded by my superior, Roger.
  32. She was ______ for the position because the interviewing panel felt there were other candidates with more relevant experience.

Answer Key

Verb Collocations

  1. ply
  2. air
  3. handed
  4. tender
  5. hold
  6. taking
  7. terminating
  8. breach/relieved
  9. take
  10. lay
  11. made
  12. went
  13. given
  14. claimed
  15. apply
  16. missed
  17. drawing
  18. serve
  19. take
  20. called
  21. went
  22. enter
  23. drive
  24. take/cut
  25. let
  26. climb
  27. put/rejected
  28. return/reach
  29. pursued
  30. dismissed
  31. table
  32. overlooked

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