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Use Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word:Meeting

Use Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word:Meeting

Key Word:Meeting

Verb+Meeting

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs:
attend break-up chair
drag on hold postpone
  1. The meeting tonight will be______in the school hall. I thought it was going to be in the community centre.
  2. Who is going to______the meeting? Until we have an election for the committee, we need a volunteer.
  3. I was told that the meeting would close at 10 pm, but it didn’t______until after midnight.
  4. I couldn’t______the meeting due to my busy schedule, so I sent my apologies.
  5. Something urgent has come up. Could we______our meeting till tomorrow or will we just have to cancel it. Don’t worry. I’ll get my secretary to rearrange the meeting for next week.
  6. I was so bored at yesterday’s meeting. I fell asleep on more than one occasion. The meeting seemed to______and on for hours.

Common Adjective Collocations

2. Complete the sentences below with the following:

chance first well-run public
emergency private staff important
  1. There will be a______meeting at the town hall tomorrow to discuss the controversial plans to build a supermarket on the school playing fields.
  2. A______meeting with a publisher on a train led to my career as a writer.
  3. The Prime Minister called an______meeting of the Cabinet to discuss the crisis in Iraq.
  4. The two Presidents had a______meeting at the airport before they made a statement to the waiting press about the crisis.
  5. Missing my flight cost me dear! It meant I missed an extremely______finance meeting.
  6. The headmaster announced his retirement at the last______meeting of the academic year.
  7. I liked Jean right from our very______meeting.
  8. Thanks to our excellent chairman, our meetings are very______.

 Organising Meetings

3. Choose the correct verb in the following and use it in its correct form:

  1. Could you telephone me to______a meeting? (arrange/re-order)
  2. We need to talk to them about this. I’ll______a meeting for next week. (mend/fix)
  3. I’ve______a meeting with the director for Friday afternoon. Let me know if you can make it. (pencil in / pencil)
  4. I’ll try to______a meeting with the lawyer for Friday to get these documents signed. (set down/set up)
  5. A few unexpected problems have arisen, so they’ve______an urgent meeting for this evening. (call/ring)

During a Meeting

4. Complete the expressions in colour using the correct form of these verbs:

adjourn appoint call
excuse start leave

At 2pm the chairman 1. ______the meeting to order. As several of us hadn’t met before, we 2.______the meeting by introducing ourselves. Then John Wilson was 3.______to take the minutes of the meeting. We then started to work our way through the agenda for the meeting. At 5.30, Angela Thomas 4.______herself from the meeting and several others said that they had to 5.______the meeting by six o’clock. As a result, the chairman decided to 6.______the meeting until 10 the next morning.

Notes

1. A meeting place is a building or place where people meet regularly:

  • The café at the comer of Bread Street is a popular meeting place for young people.

2. Meeting also means a game or competition:

  • This will be the fifth meeting this season between the two clubs.

3. A ‘meeting of minds’ is when people have the same opinions or ideas:

  • At the peace conference there was a real meeting of minds between the two leaders – at last!

Answer Key

Verb+Meeting

Ex 1:

  1. held
  2. chair
  3. break up
  4. attend
  5. postpone
  6. drag on

Common Adjective Collocations

Ex 2:

  1. public
  2. chance
  3. emergency
  4. private
  5. important
  6. staff
  7.  first
  8. well-run

Organising Meetings

Ex 3:

  1. arrange
  2. fix
  3. pencilled in
  4.  set up
  5. called

During a Meeting

Ex 4:

  1. called
  2. started
  3. appointed
  4. excused
  5. leave
  6. adjourn

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