Use Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: an amount of

an amount of

1          A large amount of

Use the correct form of these verbs:

cost                              do                       drink               make

get through                 need                spend               store

  1. When the temperature reached 40, we were sweating profusely. We ___________ huge amounts of water to replace lost fluids.
  2. Sorry, I can’t make the party tonight. I’ve got an enormous / a massive amount of work to ___________ .
  3. A huge amount of information can be ___________ on a computer’s hard disk.
  4. Mary ___________ an inordinate amount of time in the bathroom in the morning.
  5. The new house ___________ a substantial amount of work done to it before we can think about moving into it.
  6. We ___________ an unbelievable amount of food each week. We’ll need to cut down. We simply can’t afford it.
  7. Their wedding ___________ an incredible amount of money. No expense was spared.
  8. The students above me were ___________  a tremendous amount of noise last night.

2          Common adjective collocations

Use the following adjectives in these sentences:

average                       excessive

maximum                   generous

limited                         total

  1. ___________ amounts of alcohol can damage your liver.
  2. The ___________ amount of pocket money which teenagers get is around £15 per week.
  3. It’s a big car with a___________ amount of space in the back.
  4. Land mines are designed to cause the ___________ amount of harm to anybody who stands on them.
  5. The ___________ amount of money raised so far for the charity is approaching one million pounds.
  6. We only have a ___________ amount of time to complete this task – we can’t continue indefinitely. So let’s get a move on!

ANSWER KEY

Ex 1: 1. drank 2. do 3. stored 4. spends 5. needs 6. get through 7. cost 8. making

Ex 2: 1. Excessive 2. average 3. generous 4. maximum 5. total 6. limited

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