Improve your Vocabulary in IELTS Speaking & Writing – Key Word : Thing

Key Word : Thing

1     Verb + thing

Use the correct form of these verbs :

make               need               pack                wash up

  1. We’ll have to stop at the supermarket. We _____________ a few basic things like bread and milk.
  2. My dad’s a sculptor. He _____________ things out of wood he finds on the beach.
  3. Peter, you haven’t _____________ the breakfast things yet. Do them before you go to school, please.
  4.  _____________  your things. We’re leaving in 10 minutes.

accept              look at             make               think                turn out

  1. He’s not sure what he’s going to do, so he’s taken a few days off to _____________ things over.
  2. You should try to change the situation rather than _____________ things as they are.
  3. I don’t know if things are going to work out between John and me. => Don’t worry. I’m sure things will_____________ OK.
  4. You’re only _____________ things worse by ignoring her. I think you two need to talk things over.
  5. Try to _____________ things from my point of view for a change.

Also check :

2     Do + thing

Match the halves of these situations :

  1. I’ll be late home tonight.
  2. Philip is definitely different!
  3. The phone never stops ringing!
  4. I’m sorry I’ve got to get on with some work.
  5. I know people who cheat in exams.
ielts recent actual test 2020

a          That’s why it’s impossible to get things done.

b          I’d never do a thing like that.

c          Yes, he does have a funny way of doing things.

d          I’ve got loads of things to do at work.

e          I’ve got better things to do than stand chatting!

  1. I can’t get the video to work.
  2. I rang and told him what I thought of him!
  3. I wish I had listened to you!
  4. The Minister’s resigned!
  5. He asked me how much I earned.

f           It’s just not the done thing to ask that.

g          Good. It was the proper thing to do.

h          Yes, it was a foolish thing to do.

i           I would have done the same thing myself.

j           I’ve done all the right things! I think it’s broken.

3     Verb + not + thing

Use the correct form of these verbs :

do                    eat                   miss                 say                   see

  1. I’m sorry, I can’t ___________ a thing without my specs. Could you read the menu out to me?
  2. I’m going to the party as early as I can. I don’t want to ___________ a thing.
  3. They have cheated you out of your money, but I’m afraid you can’t ___________  a thing about it.
  4. I’m absolutely starving. I haven’t ___________ a thing all day.
  5. I heard that Frank is losing his job. I haven’t ___________ a thing about it to anyone.

4     Common adjective collocations

Use these adjectives to complete the sentences :

bad                  funny             good

last                   main                slightest

  1. It’s a____________ thing you remembered to bring the bottle opener! I completely forgot!
  2. He’s easily upset. He loses his temper at the ____________ little thing.
  3. Too much exercise can be a ____________ thing. You can easily damage your body.
  4. The____________ thing in this type of situation is to remain calm.
  5. A ____________ thing happened to me on the way to work this morning.
  6. I only want to help you. The____________ thing I want to do is to make you unhappy.

1. Note the following common expressions:

Try not to let things get you down. Remember the saying, ‘Things can only get better!’

She offered to help me, but I assured her that I had things under control.

I demanded a meeting with the manager to get a few things straight.

2. Notice this expression:

Books may one day become a thing of the past

3. This expression is used when you make a mistake socially:

Oh, sorry, I’ve just said the wrong thing, haven’t I?

Answer Key

Ex 1 :

l need              2. makes          3. washed up   4. Pack            5. think

6 accept           7. turn out       8. making        9. look at

Ex 2: l-d          2-c       3-a       4-e       5-b       6-j        7-i        8-h       9-g       10-f

Ex 3: l. see       2. miss             3. do    4. eaten            5. said

Ex 4: l. good   2. slightest       3. bad 4. main            5. funny           6. last

Written By

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *