Increase your IELTS Vocabulary Score – Collocation of Record

In IELTS speaking, collocation is very important and this will help in the lexical resource as well as a common vocabulary. Collocations are 2 or more words that naturally go together. These words will help you in boosting up your vocabulary in the IELTS examination.

Keyword: Record

1. Verb + record (highest / best)

Use the correct form of these verbs :

break               hold                 reach

knock              set                    stand

  1. The footballer Rivaldo ____________ a new record for the amount of money paid for a footballer when he joined the Barcelona team.
  2. Unemployment has____________ an all-time record of 4 million.
  3. Maurice Green____________ the world record for the 100 meters and for a time was the fastest man on earth.
  4. The movie Titanic____________ all box-office records, making more money than any other film before.
  5. Everyone knew she was going to beat the world marathon record, but she actually____________ over two minutes off it!
  6. The world long jump record ____________ for over 20 years until Bob Beamon smashed it with one enormous leap at the Mexico City Olympics.

2. Noun + noun collocations

Use these nouns to complete the sentences :

turnout                        time                 number           low

  1. There’s been a record ____________ of applications for the job.
  2. I left an hour earlier than usual and I got to work in record ____________.
  3. The euro was down again. In fact, it hit a record ____________ against the pound at the close of trading yesterday.
  4. There’s a record ____________ for this year’s London marathon. More than 50,000 want to run the race.

audience         profits              temperatures               levels

  1. Drug use amongst young people has risen to record ____________ .
  2. This year’s Glastonbury rock festival attracted a record ____________ with 40,000 fans flocking to hear their favorite bands.
  3. The company has made record____________ this year.
  4. We’ve seen record____________ this summer – the highest since records began.

3. Adjective + record (written account)

Use the following adjectives in these sentences :

accurate          confidential                 dental              official

  1. Many of the bodies recovered from the crash could only be identified by their ____________ records.
  2. ____________  records must be kept in case the tax authorities arrive to inspect us.
  3. Your medical records are strictly ____________ . Only you and your doctor have access to them.
  4. All births, deaths and marriages are entered in the ____________ records. Most of these records have been computerized in recent years.

4. Adjective + record (the past)

Complete the sentences with these words :

clean               criminal          past

poor                 safety               track

  1. The country has been criticised for its very ____________ record on human rights.
  2. I have no doubts about investing in this company. They have a proven ____________ record.
  3. He has a ____________ record as long as your arm, so he’s well-known to the police!
  4. I’d never fly with an airline that has a bad ____________ record, would you?
  5. The defendant got off relatively lightly because the judge took his ____________ record into account when passing sentence.
  6. I can’t see him getting the job. His ____________ record will weigh heavily against him.

1. To get to the truth is to ‘set the record straight’:

I’m determined to set the record straight this time!

2. If something is ‘in the records’, it is in the archives:

If you search the records, you’ll find he was married.

3. Record also has another meaning:

Some people still prefer vinyl records to CDs.

4. If you speak ‘off the record’, it is not official:

Off the record, he has no hope of getting this job.

5. If something is ‘on record’, it is on a file:

The PM is on the record as saying he is pro-Europe.

Answer Key

Ex 1 :

  1. set
  2. reached
  3. held
  4. broke
  5. knocked
  6. stood

Ex 2 :

  1. number
  2. time
  3. low
  4. turnout
  5. levels
  6. audience
  7. profits
  8. temperatures

Ex 3 :

  1. dental
  2. Accurate
  3. confidential
  4. official

Ex 4 :

  1. poor
  2. track
  3. criminal
  4. safety
  5. clean
  6. past

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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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