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Expand Your Vocabulary for IELTS-Key Word:Work

Expand Your Vocabulary for IELTS-Key Word:Work

Key Word:Work

Verb+Work

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs:
check do make find
complete face give up involve
  1. I’d______work if I could afford to.
  2. I’m still looking for a job. It’s so difficult to______work in the present economic climate.
  3. There’s plenty of work to be______in the garden at this time of year.
  4. I just couldn’t______work yesterday, so I took the day off.
  5. Payment will be withheld until the work is______to my satisfaction.
  6. As a salesman my work______a lot of driving.
  7. Make sure you______your work before handing it in. Silly mistakes can lose marks.
  8. These new regulations have______a lot of extra work for me.

Now use these phrasal verbs in the sentences:

put…into get off get down
get on with go into go out
  1. Stop talking and______your work. I want this finished by the end of the lesson.
  2. After the baby’s born, I won’t have to______to work any more – at least not for a few years.
  3. Can you try to ___________ work early tomorrow so that we can visit Sue in hospital?
  4. He’s ___________ a lot of work______improving his maths. He studies for hours most nights.
  5. A tremendous amount of work has______the preparations for the wedding.
  6. I’ve been avoiding______to work all day. I just feel so tired and lifeless at the moment.

Common Adjective Collocations

2. Use these adjectives in the sentence:

back-breaking extra hard
monotonous skilled hard day’s
  1. There is no doubt that teaching is______work, but it can be very fulfilling.
  2. Washing dishes all day is pretty______work.
  3. I’m afraid we can’t take on any______work at the moment. We’re already working to capacity.
  4. Furniture-making is very______work and involves years and years of training.
  5. Digging the garden is______work. It’s so physically demanding. => Then, why not get your son to do it for you!
  6. After a______work, it’s nice to get home and put your feet up.

Noun+of+Work

3. Use these nouns to complete the sentences:

backlog of piles of pressure of
standard of rewards of search of
  1. Many young people travel to the large cities in______work.
  2. Sorry, I can’t come to the meeting this evening. I’ve got______work to do for tomorrow.
  3. It was good to see her reaping the______all her hard work.
  4. The______his written work is extremely high. His speaking is less good.
  5. The only way to clear this huge______work is to take on more part-time staff.
  6. The______work is beginning to get to him. Unless he cuts down the time he’s at the office, his health will suffer.

Notes

  1. Note the following expressions:
  • His work is satisfactory/up to standard/up to scratch.
  • His work is unsatisfactory/of a poor standard/shoddy/sloppy.

2. If you are out of work, you are unemployed. If you are in work, you have a job.

  • My brother’s been out of work for 5 years.
  • There are a lot more people in work than there were 10 years ago.

3. We talk about part-time/full-time/casual/freelance/voluntary work.

4. If you have too much work, you are up to your ears in work.

5. Note the proverb: Many hands make light work!

6. If you have a particularly difficult task to do, you ‘have your work cut out!’

Answer Key

Verb+Work

Ex 1:

  1. give up
  2. find
  3. done
  4. face
  5. completed
  6. involves
  7. check
  8. made
  9. get on with
  10. go out
  11. get off
  12. put a lot of work into
  13. gone into
  14. getting down

Common Adjective Collocations

Ex 2:

  1. hard
  2. monotonous
  3. extra
  4. skilled
  5. back-breaking
  6. hard day’s

Noun+of+Work

Ex 3:

  1. search of
  2. piles of
  3. rewards of
  4. standard of
  5. backlog of
  6. pressure of

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