Key word: Account
1 Verb + account
Use the correct form of these verbs:
accept differ corroborate
provide keep listen to
- The priest ____________ the old woman’s account of the death of her child with compassion.
- I’m going to ____________ a detailed account of my travels in India. I’m going to write a book when I get back.
- The diaries ____________ a full account of the writer’s experiences in prison.
- Do you think we should ____________ his account of events? Can we really trust him?
- The police only believed me after an eye-witness ____________ my account of the accident.
- There were a number of accounts of the assassination of President Kennedy which ____________ considerably from the official version of events.
Go back and underline all the verb + account collocations.
2 Common adjective collocations
Use the following adjective collocations in these sentences:
blow-by-blow account clear account
conflicting accounts fascinating account
full account graphic account
- I didn’t know who to believe. The two witnesses gave ____________ of the incident.
- We only wanted a brief account of the incident, but he insisted on giving us a ____________ of everything that had happened.
- Our new director gave a very ____________ of his plans for the future of the company. They were well-expressed and easy to understand.
- Her new biography gives a ____________ of her travels in the jungles of Africa. => Yes. It’s very interesting. There’s a scary account of how she was almost killed by a tiger.
- The refugee gave such a ____________ of his torture that I thought I was going to be sick. How can human beings do such terrible things?
- The Prime Minister is expected to give a ____________ of his meeting with the President to Parliament this morning.
3 Adjective + account
Use the following adjectives in these sentences:
eye-witness faithful hair-raising
humorous sketchy moving
- I think last night’s programme was just what we needed. It was a ____________ account of the events leading up to the plane crash.
- According to an ____________ account, the robbers escaped in a blue car.
- She gave a ____________ account of her escape from a pack of wild dogs in the Australian outback.
- The speaker gave us a ____________ account of life at university. He had us all in fits of laughter.
- We only have a ____________ account of the accident at the moment. We can’t say if anybody has died.
- The book provides a ____________ account of the suffering of ordinary people in war-torn Eritrea.
1. In 2-2 a ‘blow-by-blow account’ gives all the details, missing nothing out. Notice these similar examples.
He gave a comprehensive account of his movements on the day of the murder. It was a very detailed account
2. If you experience something yourself, you can give a first-hand account or an eye-witness account
3. When account means report you can use glowing: We were really proud. All our sons’ teachers gave glowing accounts of their progress.
4. The expression by all accounts means according to what people say.
For example: The mountain villages are really worth visiting, by all accounts.
- listened to 2. keep 3. provide 4. accept 5. corroborated 6. differ
1 conflicting accounts 2. blow-by-blow account
3 clear account 4. fascinating account
5 graphic account 6. full account
- faithful 2. eye-witness 3. hair-raising 4. humorous 5. sketchy 6. moving