Use Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: Offer
1 Verb + offer
Use the correct form of these verbs:
accept make turn down
put in up withdraw
- Marie must be mad! She’s declined an offer of an all-expenses-paid weekend in Prague! > Yes, she__________ a similar offer last year. I’d never refuse an offer like that!
- It was well after midnight. Andrew suggested that I stay the night at his place and I __________ the offer. I wouldn’t usually do that, but he’s got two spare rooms.
- The company have offered us a 5% salary increase. However, if we don’t agree within seven days, the offer will be __________ .
- They were asking £100,000 for the house and we __________ an offer of £ 110,000, but we didn’t get it. Somebody else put in an offer of £150,000!
- If I were you, I’d__________ an offer which was about 5% more than the asking price.
- I think if you’re going to have any chance of getting this flat, you’re going to have to __________ your offer by at least £2000, to £122,000.
In examples 4, 5 and 6 ‘offer’ means financial offer. The past tense of ‘up’ would be ‘upped’.
2 Common adjective collocations
Use the following adjectives in these sentences:
- We’ve just been down to Tesco’s. Melons are on __________ offer. Buy two, get one free. I’m usually suspicious of offers like that, but they’re delicious!
- A week with Will and Sue at their Spanish villa sounds great. => Yes, it is a very__________ offer, but, much as I like Will, I couldn’t take Sue for a whole week!
- I’m sorry, but £250 is my__________ offer. You can take it or leave it.
- If you like, I can do your shopping for you. => That’s a very __________ offer. Are you sure?
- I think the Germans expected us to jump at the offer they made for our business, but we decided to hold out for a __________ offer.
3 Offer + of + noun
Complete the sentences with these nouns:
help lift marriage support work
- When our house was flooded, we received several offers of __________ from friends to clean it up.
- We’ve received many offers of__________ since we started our campaign to outlaw handguns.
- You need to get a job some time, you know! You can’t turn down offers of __________ just like that.
- I can’t get a taxi, so could I take you up on your offer of a__________ to the airport?
- My aunt was very beautiful when she was younger. Everyone says she turned down lots of offers of __________ .
4 Common expressions
Complete the sentences with these expressions:
a they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.
b open to offers.
c I might take you up on that offer someday.
d on offer
- The local college has a wide range of vocational courses __________ . I’m sure you’ll find one that meets your needs.
- Feel free to stay at our place whenever you’re in town. => Thanks . ___________
- The asking price is £300, but I’m __________ .
- Although I was perfectly happy with my previous job with Xenop, I moved to Easycopy because ___________ !
1. If something is ‘on offer’, it can mean it is available:
The new flats will be on offer as from 1st March.
or it can mean ‘available at a reduced price’:
Beans are on special offer this week.
2. We talk about job offers:
I’ve been to several interviews, but I haven’t had any job offers yet.
1 turned down 2. accepted 3. withdrawn
4 made / put in 5. put in / make 6. up
- special 2. tempting 3. final 4. kind 5. better
- help 2. support 3. work 4. lift 5. marriage
Ex 4: l-d 2-c 3-b 4-a
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