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Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score-Key Word:a sign of

Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score-Key Word:a sign of

Key Word:a sign of

Verb+Sign of

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs:
find see show
  1. The tyres on my car are beginning to______signs of wear. I’ll need to replace them soon.
  2. We must stick to our original plan. Any change of policy will be______as a sign of weakness.
  3. The detectives searched the house from top to bottom, but they______no sign of the stolen goods.

(Be) a sign of

2. Match the two halves of these sentences:

1. A fall in unemployment is one sign of a. rain
2. Spelling words incorrectly is a common sign of b. strength, not weakness
3. A heavy, dark sky is a sign of c. a growing economy
4. Admitting you’ve made a mistake is a sign of d. dyslexia
5. Sore muscles and a headache are usually the first signs of e. a misspent youth!
6. People say that being a good pool player is usually a sign of f. the flu

Sign of+Noun

3. Complete the sentences with these words:

having improvement trouble
times giving in emotion
  1. She’s such a cold fish. I have rarely seen her display any sign of______.
  2. At last, her work is showing some signs of______.
  3. The police have shown no signs of______to the kidnappers’ demands.
  4. I’m afraid she’s showing the first signs of______the disease. We’ll need to start treatment.
  5. Make sure you call the police at the first sign of______.
  6. Rising crime is just a sign of the______!

Answer Key

Verb+Sign of

Ex 1:

  1. show
  2. seen
  3. found

(Be) a sign of

Ex 2:

  1. c
  2. d
  3. a
  4. b
  5. f
  6. e

Sign of+Noun

Ex 3:

  1. emotion
  2. improvement
  3. giving in
  4. having
  5. trouble
  6. times

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