Improve your Vocabulary for IELTS – Collocation of Mind
1. Verb + mind
Use the correct form of these verbs:
clear make up
- He’s quite a stubborn person. Once he’s _____________ his mind, he never budges. He sticks to his decision, no matter what happens.
- I’m not going on that plane, so don’t try to persuade me. Nothing, and I mean nothing, will make me _____________ my mind.
- I often find it difficult to _____________ my mind after a hard day at work. Thoughts about work just keep running through my head. My wife wants me to take up yoga or something like that.
- Some people go on courses to _____________ their minds to think positively.
- I’m trying to encourage my kids to travel more, but they just want to stay at home. I keep telling them that travel _____________ the mind.
- Sometimes I think this car____________ a mind of its own. Whenever I am in a desperate hurry, it decides not to start!
- It never____________ my mind that James would resign. I mean, he’s not the resigning type, is he?
- Do you know anyone who would be a good person to organise our Christmas party? > No, nobody____________ to mind – and don’t look at me!
2. Common adjective collocations
Complete the sentences with these adjectives:
enquiring open suspicious
warped sharp one-track
- He’s a typical male. He’s got a____________ mind! All he ever thinks about is sex!
- Although my grandad’s now 92, his mind is remarkably agile and alert. > Yes, he still has a really ____________ mind for someone of his age.
- Most young children show an interest in learning new things. They seem to be born with an ____________ mind. It’s a pity that many of us lose this as we grow older.
- I’m not sure if your solution to the traffic problem will work, but I’m keeping an____________ mind till I hear what all the other proposals are.
- The film is full of violence, murder and bad language. It can only have a negative effect on the innocent minds of young people. In my opinion, it is the work of a sick and ____________mind!
- No, I didn’t play with your computer while you were out. What a____________ mind you’ve got! Don’t you trust anybody?
3. Expressions with prepositions
Use these words to complete the expressions:
back clear doubt frame peace
a at the____________ of my mind
b in the right____________ of mind
c complete____________ of mind
d not really____________ in my mind
e no____________ in my mind
Now use these complete expressions below:
- Take out a five-year guarantee and have ____________ . If this radio breaks down, we will repair it or replace it free of charge.
- There is ____________ that he murdered Caroline Walker in cold blood.
- Can we talk about this later? I’m not ____________ to start discussing money.
- I’m____________ about what we’re aiming for. Are we trying to find a solution or just spend hours talking and getting nowhere?
- I just haven’t got round to calling my mother. It’s been____________ to call her for several days now.
1. Note this way of saying what you don’t like:
It was nice, but it wasn’t quite what we had in mind.
2. This expression means someone is mad:
Marrying Cecil? Are you out of your mind?
3. Note these common expressions:
The event is still fresh in most people’s minds.
Thanks for your suggestion – I’ll keep it in mind.
Sorry, but I’ve got a lot on my mind at the moment.
I just can’t seem to get him out of my mind.
When I met the PM my mind went a complete blank.
This building is designed with the elderly in mind.
Ex 1: 1. made up 2. change 3. clear 4. train 5. broadens 6. has 7. crossed 8. springs
Ex 2: 1. one-track 2. sharp 3. enquiring 4. open 5. warped 6. suspicious
a. back b. frame c. peace d. clear e. doubt
l-c 2-e 3-b 4-d 5-a