Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: a great deal of

 Key Word:  a great deal of

A great deal of + noun

Deal – used on its own – is not a common word, but a great deal of is used in many different situations.

Complete the sentences with these words:



time and effort






  1. Fox-hunting is a sport which arouses a great deal of ____________ in the UK.
  2. This job requires a great deal of ____________. You can’t relax for a minute.
  3. We have invested a great deal of ____________ in setting up this meeting. I hope it was all worth it in the end.
  4. Her decision to give up her baby for adoption came after a great deal of ___________ . She spent weeks thinking about it, but in the end she knew she wouldn’t be able to cope.
  5. You’ve caused me a great deal of extra ____________ . Try not to make any mistakes next time.
  6. There has been a great deal of ____________ surrounding the team captain’s arrest for drunk driving.
  7. There is undoubtedly a great deal of ____________  in your arguments, but I still can’t agree with you.
  8. You’ve really gone to a great deal of ____________ for us. We don’t know if we’ll ever be able to thank you enough.


  1. controversy
  2. concentration
  3. time and effort
  4. soul-searching
  5. work
  6. publicity
  7. truth
  8. trouble

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