1 Verb + word
Use the correct form of these verbs:
look up say
- I’ve ___________ the word in every dictionary and I still don’t know how to use it!
- He ignored us. He just walked by without ___________ a word.
- It was supposed to be an introductory talk about computing, but I couldn’t ___________ a word of it.
- It’s sometimes very difficult to ___________ the right word to express precisely what you want to say.
- No, she’s not here yet. She ___________ word that she would be about an hour late.
- What I just told you is private and confidential so please don’t ___________ a word of it to anyone.
- In order not to upset him, she___________ her words with great care.
- The Queen shook hands and ___________ a few words with the winner of the competition.
Now use these phrasal verbs:
get in take down go back on get out
- She has ___________ her word and decided not to lend me the money after all.
- She talks so much it’s impossible for anybody to___________ a word___________ edgeways.
- Reporters ___________ every word of the Prime Minister’s speech.
- If word ___________ about the affair, the President will have to resign.
2 Common adjective collocations
Use the following adjectives in these sentences:
exact four-letter kind own
right overused single quick
- Can I have a ___________ word before the meeting starts? It’ll only take a few minutes.
- You haven’t been listening to a ___________ word I’ve been saying for the past ten minutes!
- The play is full of ___________ words. Why do modern writers need to use so many swear words?
- Take your time and in your___________ words tell the court exactly what happened.
- I can’t remember the teacher’s ___________ words, but he said something along those lines.
- ‘Nice’ is a very___________ word. Can’t you think of a better word?
- Teachers sometimes forget that a few ___________ words at the right time can make all the difference to a student’s confidence.
- Is this the ___________ word that fits in this sentence?
3 Word + of + noun
Use these noun expressions in the sentences:
words of apology words of comfort
words of encouragement word of mouth
a word of warning
- Just ___________ before you go out – these streets can be dangerous at night.
- All the orders were given by ___________ to avoid leaving any written evidence which might be discovered later.
- He wasn’t looking forward to the exam, but he brightened up at the teacher’s ___________ .
- My brother muttered a few ___________ for his appalling behaviour, then left the room.
- After the funeral, a lot of people came and offered ___________ to members of my family.
If you ‘have a word’ with someone, it means you have spoken to them for some purpose:
I’ll have a word with Alex and ask him if he can pick you up before the meeting.
If you ‘have words’ with someone, it means you have had a disagreement or argument:
Have you and your father had words?
2. If you have to give a speech, this expression is very useful:
Good morning, I’d just like to say a few words.
3. Notice the following expressions:
I was so shocked. I was lost for words.
He left in the middle of the meeting – without a word.
He’s not good at putting his ideas into words.
Give me your word you won’t be late back tonight (give your word = promise)
1 looked up 2. saying 3. understand 4.find 5.sent 6. breathe
7 chose 8. exchanged 9. gone back on 10. get a word in 11. took down
12 gets out
1 quick 2. single 3. four-letter 4 own 5 exact
6 overused 7. kind 8. right
- a word of warning
- word of mouth
- words of encouragement
- words of apology
- words of comfort