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Increase Your IELTS Vocabulary Score – Collocation of Responsibility

Increase Your IELTS Vocabulary Score – Collocation of Responsibility

Keyword: Responsibility

1. Verb+Responsibility

Use the correct form of these verbs:

accept assume
deny have
claim lie
  1. As a security officer, I ______ the responsibility for ensuring that nothing is stolen from the office.
  2. The club does not______ responsibility for loss of or damage to club members’ personal property.
  3. No terrorist organisation has yet ______ responsibility for this latest bomb outrage.
  4. The problem is out of my hands now that Derek Winton has ______ responsibility for the business. He took over full responsibility for the running of the firm last week.
  5. The rail company are trying to evade responsibility for the disaster. I don’t know how they can possibly ______ responsibility for an accident which involved their trains.
  6. We must be clear about where the responsibility ______. Personally, I think the responsibility for the present crisis rests squarely on the government.

2. Common Adjective Collocations

Use the following adjectives in these sentences:

diminished huge
full extra
equal overall
  1. Being the captain of the team is a ______ responsibility. A lot rests on your shoulders. I think it takes a special kind of person to deal with such a heavy responsibility.
  2. I’m only in charge of the lower school. The person with ______ responsibility for the whole school is the headmaster.
  3. I don’t feel ready to take on new or   ______ responsibilities at the moment.
  4. I think that working parents should take ______ responsibility for their children’s upbringing and education. They need to share the responsibility.
  5. I won’t try to make any excuses. I accept responsibility for my mistake.
  6. The accused pleaded not guilty on the grounds of ______  responsibility. He claimed that he had been under a lot of stress at the time of the crime.

3. Noun+of+Responsibility

Complete the sentences below with these nouns:

abdication range
position delegation
area sense
  1. The job is a demanding one, involving a wide ______ of responsibilities.
  2. For a person in a ______ of such responsibility, the managing director’s conduct at the meeting was unacceptable.
  3. We hope that their visit to the retirement home will instill in the children a ______ of responsibility towards the elderly in the community.
  4. I’m afraid you’re complaining to the wrong person. This matter is outside my ______ of responsibility.
  5. There had been a complete ______ of responsibility in the ferry company. Nobody will accept any responsibility for the disaster in which 350 people lost their lives.
  6. A key factor in managing a successful business is the ______ of responsibility.
 
 

Notes

1. In 1-3 ‘admitted’ is also possible.

2. Note the expression ‘sole responsibility’:

  • Our office has sole responsibility for UK sales.

3. Note the following ways of accepting responsibility:

  • Remember! It’s your decision and you must bear the responsibility if things go wrong.
  • Each of us must take responsibility for our own health.
  •  He’s an adult now and he has to learn to face up to his responsibilities.
  • It is usually women who shoulder the major responsibility for the care of elderly relatives.
  • Which government minister carries responsibility for the police?

4. We talk of legal, social, and moral responsibilities.

5. Note how we use responsibility to talk about duties:

  • Your responsibilities will include answering the phone and dealing with the mail.
  • A doctor’s first responsibility is to his patients.
  • The kitchen is your responsibility, so keep it clean.
  • He couldn’t accept his family responsibilities and left his wife and young son.

Answer Key

Exercise 1:

l. have

2. accept

3. claimed

4. assumed

5. deny

6. lies

Exercise 2:

l. huge

2. overall

3. extra

4. equal

5. full

6. diminished

Exercise 3:

1. range

2. position

3. sense

4. area

5. abdication

6. delegation

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Janet had been an IELTS Trainer before she dived into the field of Content Writing. During her days of being a Trainer, Janet had written essays and sample answers which got her students an 8+ band in the IELTS Test. Her contributions to our articles have been engaging and simple to help the students understand and grasp the information with ease. Janet, born and brought up in California, had no idea about the IELTS until she moved to study in Canada. Her peers leaned to her for help as her first language was English.

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