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Expand Your Vocabulary for IELTS – Key Word:Word

Expand Your Vocabulary for IELTS – Key Word:Word

Key Word:Word

Verb+Word

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs:
breathe look up choose say
exchange send find understand
  1. I’ve______the word in every dictionary and I still don’t know how to use it!
  2. He ignored us. He just walked by without______a word.
  3. It was supposed to be an introductory talk about computing, but I couldn’t______a word of it.
  4. It’s sometimes very difficult to______the right word to express precisely what you want to say.
  5. No, she’s not here yet. She______word that she would be about an hour late.
  6. What I just told you is private and confidential so please don’t ___________ a word of it to anyone.
  7. In order not to upset him, she______her words with great care.
  8. 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
  1. She has______her word and decided not to lend me the money after all.
  2. She talks so much it’s impossible for anybody to______a word______edgeways.
  3. Reporters______every word of the Prime Minister’s speech.
  4. If word______about the affair, the President will have to resign.

Common Adjective Collocations

2. Use the following adjectives in these sentences:

exact four-letter kind own
right overused single quick
  1. Can I have a______word before the meeting starts? It’ll only take a few minutes.
  2. You haven’t been listening to a______word I’ve been saying for the past ten minutes!
  3. The play is full of______words. Why do modern writers need to use so many swear words?
  4. Take your time and in your______words tell the court exactly what happened.
  5. I can’t remember the teacher’s______words, but he said something along those lines.
  6. ‘Nice’ is a very______word. Can’t you think of a better word?
  7. Teachers sometimes forget that a few______words at the right time can make all the difference to a student’s confidence.
  8. Is this the______word that fits in this sentence?

Word+of+Noun

3. Use these noun expressions in the sentences:

words of apology words of encouragement word of mouth
a word of warning words of comfort
  1. Just______before you go out – these streets can be dangerous at night.
  2. All the orders were given by______to avoid leaving any written evidence which might be discovered later.
  3. He wasn’t looking forward to the exam, but he brightened up at the teacher’s______.
  4. My brother muttered a few______for his appalling behaviour, then left the room.
  5. After the funeral, a lot of people came and offered______to members of my family.

Notes

1.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)

Answer Key

Ex 1:

  1. looked up
  2. saying
  3. understand
  4. find
  5. sent b
  6. breathe
  7. chose
  8. exchanged
  9. gone back on
  10. get a word in
  11. took down
  12. gets out

Ex 2:

  1. quick
  2. single
  3.  four-letter
  4. own
  5. exact
  6. overused
  7. kind
  8. right

Ex 3:

  1. a word of warning
  2. word of mouth
  3. words of encouragement
  4. words of apology
  5. words of comfort

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