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

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

Offer

1          Verb + offer

Use the correct form of these verbs:

accept              make               turn down

put in               up                    withdraw

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. The company have offered us a 5% salary increase. However, if we don’t agree within seven days, the offer will be __________ .
  4. 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!
  5. If I were you, I’d__________ an offer which was about 5% more than the asking price.
  6. 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:

better                   final

tempting          special

kind

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. I’m sorry, but £250 is my__________ offer. You can take it or leave it.
  4. If you like, I can do your shopping for you. => That’s a very __________ offer. Are you sure?
  5. 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

  1. When our house was flooded, we received several offers of __________ from friends to clean it up.
  2. We’ve received many offers of__________ since we started our campaign to outlaw handguns.
  3. You need to get a job some time, you know! You can’t turn down offers of __________ just like that.
  4. I can’t get a taxi, so could I take you up on your offer of a__________ to the airport?
  5. 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

  1. The local college has a wide range of vocational courses __________ . I’m sure you’ll find one that meets your needs.
  2. Feel free to stay at our place whenever you’re in town. => Thanks . ___________
  3. The asking price is £300, but I’m __________ .
  4. Although I was perfectly happy with my previous job with Xenop, I moved to Easycopy because ___________ !
 
 

Notes

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.

 

ANSWER KEY

Ex 1:

1 turned down          2. accepted          3. withdrawn

4 made / put in        5. put in / make          6. up

Ex 2:

  1. special 2. tempting 3. final             4. kind             5. better

Ex 3:

  1. help 2. support        3. work            4. lift               5. marriage

Ex 4:    l-d        2-c       3-b       4-a

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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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