Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: A matter of

Key Word: a matter of

Matter of + noun

Complete the sentences with these nouns:

urgency                       dispute

conscience                  interest

  1. It was very difficult for my grandfather to refuse to join the army in 1939, but for him it was a matter of ____________. He’s been a pacifist all his life.
  2. It remains a matter of____________ whether he did the right thing. Some people believe his actions have made the situation worse.
  3. This is a matter of considerable____________ to me, so I’ll gladly come to the meeting.
  4. This case is a matter of the greatest____________ to us all and must have top priority – it could be a matter of life and death.

concern                       weeks

experience                   time

  1. Don’t worry, you’ll soon learn. Dealing with this type of problem is all a matter of____________ .
  2. Follow our crash-diet programme and you will see a difference in a matter of____________ .
  3. It’s only a matter of____________ before they go out of business. They can’t keep losing money at this rate.
  4. Local residents raised a number of matters of ____________ about the siting of the new airport.


1 conscience    2. dispute        3. interest        4. urgency

5 experience    6. weeks         7. time             8. concern

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