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Increase Your IELTS Vocabulary Score – Collocation of Matter

Increase Your IELTS Vocabulary Score – Collocation of Matter

Key Word:Matter

 Verb+Matter

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs:
be discuss get
look into bring settle
  1. Have you______this matter with anyone else?
  2. This kind of damage to the environment should______a matter of concern to us all.
  3. We took the matter up with the manager and he promised t ______it.
  4. I said I’m sorry, so why can’t you let the matter drop?>>>Okay. I promise not to______ the matter up again.
  5. Let’s______this matter once and for all. We’ve been trying to resolve it for months now.
  6. We’ve no time to deal with that just now, so let’s______on with the matter in hand and try to finish what we’ve started.

Common Adjective Collocations

2. Complete the sentences with these adjectives:

easy urgent delicate different
serious trivial complex personal
  1. Look, this is a rather______matter.Wendy can’t afford to go on the trip and I’d like to offer to pay for her, but I’m worried that she might be offended.
  2. It might seem funny to you, but setting fire to a wastepaper bin is no laughing matter – it is a very __________ matter indeed!
  3. I don’t mind bees, wasps, flies and things like that, but spiders are a______matter entirely!
  4. OK, have it your way. The colour of the paper is such a______matter that it’s not worth fighting about.
  5. Please try to find him. There is an extremely______matter I need to talk to him about. Tell him that it can’t wait till tomorrow.
  6. Excuse me, Mr Thompson, could I talk to you in private? It’s a______matter.
  7. It should have been a simple matter, but getting through to the helpline was no______matter!
  8. Collocation can be a very______matter!

Noun+of+Matter

3.Match the two halves of the following:

  1. He denies any knowledge of the matter.
a. but the fact of the matter is that we can’t afford one.
2.  A holiday would be wonder, b. I won’t give up the fight that easily.
3. We need to get to c. He says he wasn’t involved.
4. This is by no means the end of the matter – d. the heart of the matter before we can help.

On the Matter

4. Complete the sentences with the following:

advice nothing discussion word light
  1. My bag is missing and I was hoping you might be able to shed some______on the matter.
  2. Of course I’ll take______on this matter, but I already know what I’m going to do.
  3. When asked about his reasons for resigning, he had______to say on the matter.
  4. You can’t go to the concert. And that’s my last______on the matter. Don’t bring the subject up again! You’re too young.
  5. You won’t get anywhere, I’m afraid. They refuse to enter into any______on the matter.

Notes

1. Note this common question:

  • What’s the matter? You look like you’ve seen a ghost!

2. Note this common expression:

  • Well, if there’s no choice in the matter, I suppose I’ll have to go to the meeting.

3. Note these expressions using matter + of + noun:

  • Can’t we do this tomorrow? It’s hardly a matter of life or death, is it?
  • Safety standards in the industry have been a matter of concern for many years.
  • Which is the best cheese? It’s a matter of personal taste.
  • It can only be a matter of time before war breaks out.

4. One way of disagreeing with someone is to say:

  • Well, I think it’s a matter of opinion.

5. Notice this expression:

  • Don’t get involved, Clare. This is a family matter.

Answer Key

Verb+Matter

Ex 1:

  1. discussed
  2. be
  3. look into
  4. bring
  5. settle
  6. get

Common Adjective Collocations

Ex 2:

  1. delicate
  2. serious
  3. different
  4. trivial
  5. urgent
  6. personal
  7. easy
  8. complex

Noun+of+Matter

Ex 3:

  1. c
  2. a
  3. d
  4. b

On the Matter

Ex 4:

  1. light
  2. advice
  3. nothing
  4. word
  5. discussion

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