Improve your Vocabulary for IELTS Speaking & Writing – Key Word : Warning


1     Verb + warning

Use the correct form of these verbs :

give                  heed

ignore              issue

serve as           shout

  1. Doctors have ___________ a warning against eating shellfish from the polluted beaches.
  2. Many people continue to ___________warnings about the dangers of sunbathing. They think it’ll never happen to them.
  3. They can’t complain. They were ___________ adequate warning that the factory was in danger of closing.
  4. He ___________ a warning as the piece of wood started to fall towards me.
  5. They failed to ___________ the warnings about the dangerous currents in the river. Both of them drowned.
  6. After passing sentence, the judge said that the punishment would ___________ a warning to all politicians who thought they were above the law.
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2   Common adjective collocations

Use these adjectives in the sentences :

advance           health

final                   dire

  1. All cigarette packets must carry a government ___________ warning.
  2. The referee gave the player a ___________ warning. Next time, he would be sent off.
  3. I can prepare the food for the party. Just give me ___________ warning of how many people to expect.
  4. Environmentalists are always issuing ___________ warnings to us about global warming.

prior                stern                written             clear

  1. By law, employers have to give you a ___________ warning before they can dismiss you.
  2. Paragliding can be dangerous, so all participants get a ___________ warning of the risks involved.
  3. The judge sent the driver to prison and issued a ___________ warning about drinking and driving.
  4. The whole class agrees that we should be given ___________ warning of a test. It’s not fair just to spring it on us without any warning.

3    Expressions with Prepositions

Use the prepositions in the sentences :

to         without            for            of

  1. The soldiers opened fire ___________ warning.
  2. Just a word ___________ warning – there are speed cameras about 5 miles outside Bideford.
  3. That’s what happens when you work too hard. Let it be a warning___________ you!
  4. Thanks. I would have crashed into the car in front, but ___________ your warning.

1.         Note the following:

The warning sign said ‘Caution – Danger of Ice’.

The police fired warning shots above the heads of the crowd, but the protesters took no notice.

2.         Note the following:

I was stopped by the police for speeding, but I was let off with a warning.

3.         If you ‘heed’ a warning, you pay attention to it:

The company consistently failed to heed warnings about the safety of its equipment

4.         An ‘early warning system’ is a defence system that warns of imminent attack.

5.         Nowadays we get warnings about: the dangers of smoking / speeding / eating too much etc.

6.         Note the expression – as a warning to:

The prisoners were publicly flogged as a warning to others not to try to escape.

Answer Key

Ex 1: 1. issued    2. ignore    3. given   4. shouted    5. heed   6. serve as

Ex 2: 1. health    2. final    3. advance   4. dire    5. written    6. clear    7. stern    8. prior

Ex 3: 1. without      2. of                     3. to                 4. for

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Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.

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