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Increase Your IELTS Vocabulary Score-Collocation of Mistake

Increase Your IELTS Vocabulary Score-Collocation of Mistake

Key Word:Mistake

Verb+Mistake

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs:
correct learn make
point out realise repeat
  1. Making mistakes is an important part of learning a language. If you don’t make mistakes, you don’t ­______from them.
  2. I think if you can admit that you’ve______a mistake, it is a sign of strength, not weakness.
  3. When I got home, I found out that I had been calling my girlfriend’s father by the wrong name. I felt such a fool when I______my mistake.
  4. Like many people, I find it difficult to avoid______past mistakes. Why do we make the same mistakes over and over again?
  5. Read through your work carefully and______any mistakes that you find.
  6. If you______some people’s mistakes to them, they get very defensive. I don’t know why!

Common Adjective Collocations

2. Complete the sentences below with the following:

costly occasional genuine understandable
dreadful fatal stupid common
  1. The most______mistake people make is to water their plants too much.
  2. It was a perfectly______mistake to make. I assumed Jane and Morgan were married, too!
  3. The skaters made the______mistake of assuming that the ice was thick enough to take their weight. Unfortunately, there was a thaw on. The ice gave way and they drowned.
  4. I should have scored 100% in the examination, but I made one______mistake.
  5. I can accept that anybody makes the______mistake. We all do, but if it becomes a habit then you’re in trouble.
  6. Going to the football match when he should have been at work proved to be a very______mistake for Jeff. He was sacked.
  7. When he removed the wrong kidney from the patient, the surgeon made a ______mistake.
  8. I’m sorry, sir, but a______mistake has been made. We will do our best to find you a double room immediately.

 Verb+for+Mistake

A

3. Use these verbs to complete the expressions:

apologise check refuse take
  1. ____________ to accept responsibility for
  2. ____________ the blame for
  3. ____________ profusely for
  4. ____________ over your work for

B

Now use these complete expressions below, using the correct form of the verbs:

  1. He thought I was the secretary and not the manager because I was a woman, but he______his mistake when I introduced myself. You should have seen his face!
  2. Nobody should have to______other people’s mistakes.
  3. It’s always a good idea to______mistakes before you hand it in.
  4. Five hundred pounds has gone missing from my bank account, but the bank______the mistake.

Notes

1.Note these expressions:

  • Marrying you was the biggest mistake of my life!
  • His work is always full of spelling mistakes.

2. Note the useful expression ‘It’s a mistake to think that…:

  • It’s a mistake to think that violence will solve this issue.

3.‘By mistake’ means accidentally:

  • Someone must have left the window open by mistake.

4. Note these expressions with ‘make a mistake’.

  • I made the mistake of inviting him to the party.
  • I won’t make the same mistake again!
  • Don’t worry. It’s an easy mistake to make.
  • If you make a mistake, just cross it out.

Answer Key

Ex 1:

  1. learn
  2. made
  3. realised
  4. repeating
  5. correct
  6. point out

Ex 2:

  1. common
  2. understandable
  3. fatal
  4. stupid
  5. occasional
  6. costly
  7. dreadful
  8. genuine

Ex 3:

A

  1. refuse
  2. take
  3. apologise
  4.  check

B

  1. apologised profusely for
  2. take the blame for
  3. check over your work for
  4. refuses to accept responsibility for

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