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.
1. Verb + record (highest / best)
Use the correct form of these verbs :
break hold reach
knock set stand
- The footballer Rivaldo ____________ a new record for the amount of money paid for a footballer when he joined the Barcelona team.
- Unemployment has____________ an all-time record of 4 million.
- Maurice Green____________ the world record for the 100 meters and for a time was the fastest man on earth.
- The movie Titanic____________ all box-office records, making more money than any other film before.
- Everyone knew she was going to beat the world marathon record, but she actually____________ over two minutes off it!
- 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
- There’s been a record ____________ of applications for the job.
- I left an hour earlier than usual and I got to work in record ____________.
- The euro was down again. In fact, it hit a record ____________ against the pound at the close of trading yesterday.
- There’s a record ____________ for this year’s London marathon. More than 50,000 want to run the race.
audience profits temperatures levels
- Drug use amongst young people has risen to record ____________ .
- This year’s Glastonbury rock festival attracted a record ____________ with 40,000 fans flocking to hear their favorite bands.
- The company has made record____________ this year.
- 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
- Many of the bodies recovered from the crash could only be identified by their ____________ records.
- ____________ records must be kept in case the tax authorities arrive to inspect us.
- Your medical records are strictly ____________ . Only you and your doctor have access to them.
- 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
- The country has been criticised for its very ____________ record on human rights.
- I have no doubts about investing in this company. They have a proven ____________ record.
- He has a ____________ record as long as your arm, so he’s well-known to the police!
- I’d never fly with an airline that has a bad ____________ record, would you?
- The defendant got off relatively lightly because the judge took his ____________ record into account when passing sentence.
- 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.
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