Use Collocation to Hike up Your IELTS Score – Key Word: subject
1 Verb + subject
Use the correct form of these verbs:
change come up
deal with drop
get onto talk about
- Can we ____________ a different subject please? I really don’t like talking about other people behind their backs.
- When I asked him about his job, he just ____________ the subject like a hot potato!
- How did we____________ the subject of your mother? I thought we were discussing holidays.
- His poems often ____________ the subject of death.
- I asked Richard about the money he owed me, but he just____________ the subject and started talking about his health problems.
- We didn’t intend talking about his divorce. The subject just ____________ in conversation.
2 Common adjective collocations
Use these adjectives in the sentences:
- Death is a ____________ subject in many western societies. People tend not to talk openly about it.
- Can we talk about a more____________ subject? Funerals aren’t a very happy thing to talk about.
- Once he gets onto his ____________ subject of football hooligans, there’s no stopping him. So don’t encourage him or he’ll talk for hours.
- I can’t understand why the break-up of her marriage is still such a ____________ subject. Surely she can talk about it now without getting upset.
- In the examination, each candidate has to talk for two minutes on their ___________ subject.
- Whether scientists should be free to experiment on human embryos is a very____________ subject.
These examples deal with a different meaning:
favourite core compulsory
- Everybody has to take English. It’s a ____________ subject in our school system.
- Chemistry and biology are my ____________ subjects.
- You have to take six ____________ subjects and two optional ones.
3 On the subject
Use these words to complete the sentences:
authority briefly information
holidays nothing views
- I have____________ further to say on the subject of your wedding. As far as I’m concerned, the matter is closed.
- We only touched ____________ on the subject of salaries during the meeting.
- The Pope’s____________ on the subject are well known.
- She’s the leading____________ on the subject of South American butterflies. She knows pretty well everything there is to know on the subject.
- I’ve read every scrap of ____________ I can find on the subject.
- Oh, on the subject of ____________ , have you thought where we could be going this summer?
4 Be the subject of
Use these nouns in the sentences:
concern debate discrimination speculation
- The Minister’s controversial views on immigration have been the subject of much____________ in the media.
- We encourage any employee who has been the subject of ____________ to report it immediately.
- Her private life is the subject of much ____________ in the press at the moment.
- The huge number of heavy vehicles passing through the village has been a subject of ____________ this year.
1. Note these verbs used to introduce a subject:
By tacit agreement, the subject was never mentioned.
At some point we’ve got to discuss money but I don’t know quite how to broach the subject with him.
Don’t blame me. It was you who brought up the subject, not me.
I’m glad you raised the subject of safety. I think it is very important.
2. If you ‘know your subject’, you are an expert on it.
Ex 1: 1. talk about 2. dropped 3. get onto 4. deal with 5. changed 6. came up
1 taboo 2. cheerful 3. pet 4. touchy 5. chosen
6 complex 7. compulsory 8. favourite 9. core
Ex 3: 1. nothing 2. briefly 3. views 4. authority 5. information 6. holidays
Ex 4: 1. debate 2. discrimination 3. speculation 4. concern
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