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

a waste of

Waste of + noun

Complete the sentences with these nouns:

talent               time                 effort

  1. Our meeting achieved absolutely nothing. It was a complete waste of ___________ .
  2. She graduated from university with a first-class degree in music, but has been unable to get a job. What a waste of ___________ !
  3. We spent days decorating the spare room – then a water pipe burst and flooded it. All our work was ruined. What a waste of ___________ .

resources         human life                  money

  1. Lots of people believe that the building of this statue is a scandalous waste of taxpayers’ ___________ .
  2. There is growing opposition to the war and its senseless and tragic waste of __________ .
  3. The report is critical of management and the department’s waste of ___________.


Ex 1: l. time          2. talent      3. effort     4. money    5. human life    6.       resources

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