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Build up Your Vocabulary to Increase Your IELTS Score-Key Word:Ability

Build up Your Vocabulary to Increase Your IELTS Score-Key Word:Ability

Key Word:Ability

Verb+Ability

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs:
affect assess overestimate
lose doubt show
  1. Examinations are not the only means of______someone’s ability. There are other ways of measuring potential.
  2. At first I questioned his abilities, but he has done the job so well. I’m now ashamed that I had so little confidence in him and that I______his abilities in the first place.
  3. It is a well-known fact that even small amounts of alcohol can______your ability to drive safely.
  4. She was so shocked by the accident that she______the ability to speak.
  5. Although Peter______a lot of ability as a teenager, he just wasn’t good enough to go professional.
  6. I had to give up half way through the race. I had obviously______my ability to run a marathon.

Go back and underline all the verb collocations with ability.

Noun+Preposition+Ability

2. Use these nouns in the sentences:

confidence test reflection
lack best use
  1. Tiger Woods may be the best golfer in the world, but the Open Championship next week will be a real______of his ability.
  2. Raymond is very clever, but he doesn’t make full______of his abilities.
  3. I was surprised when he failed his examinations. His results are certainly not a true______of his abilities.
  4. He’s extremely competent and will do the job properly. I have every______in his ability.
  5. He said that he would try to do the job to the______of his ability.
  6. I believe he lost confidence. His failure was not due to a______of ability.

Go back and underline all the Noun+Preposition+Ability collocations.

 Common Adjective Collocations

3. Use these adjectives in the sentences:

average incredible natural
mixed considerable proven
  1. Most of us have to work hard to learn to play a musical instrument. However, there are people who are born with a______ability and who learn effortlessly.
  2. The students in my class are of______ability, so I teach them in groups according to their level.
  3. I have no doubts that he has______ability, but I don’t think his personality is suited to this kind of work.
  4. We need somebody who has done this before – with the______ability to do the job.
  5. I’m not a genius and I’m not stupid. I would describe myself as being of______ability.
  6. I don’t know how she does it, but Annie Lennox has this______ability to electrify her audience.

Go back and underline all the Adjective+Ability collocations in this exercise.

Notes

1. Here are three ways to describe ‘great’ ability:

  • She has a remarkable ability to recall long poems after only reading them once.
  • She has exceptional abilities as a musician.
  • His examination results are proof of his outstanding ability.

2. Remember that an adjective collocation can come before or after the noun:

  • She has remarkable ability.
  • Her ability is remarkable.

3. Notice the use of ‘best’ in 2-5. ‘Best’ is usually an adjective, but it is used as a noun in the expression to ‘do something to the best of your ability’.

4. We can talk about specific abilities:

  • musical ability
  • physical ability
  • linguistic ability
  • technical ability
  • artistic ability
  • acting ability

5. When we talk about very intelligent children, we often call them ‘children of above average ability’.

Answer Key

Noun+Preposition+Ability

Ex1:

  1. assessing
  2. doubted
  3. affect
  4. lost
  5. showed
  6. overestimated

Noun+Preposition+Ability

Ex2:

  1. test
  2. use
  3. reflection
  4. confidence
  5. best
  6. lack

Common Adjective Collocations

Ex3:

  1. natural
  2. mixed
  3. considerable
  4. proven
  5. average
  6. incredible

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