Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: Advantage

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Key word: advantage

1          Verb + advantage

Use the correct form of these verbs:

give           have                outweigh

take           stress               weigh up

  1. I think we should go ahead with the plan. The advantages far ___________ the disadvantages.
  2. He had no trouble finding a job because he___________ the advantage over the other candidates of speaking fluent Spanish.
  3. I haven’t decided yet whether to emigrate or not. I’m still ___________ the advantages and disadvantages.
  4. The Prime Minister was at great pains to ___________ the advantages of the new system.
  5. His height and long arms ___________ him a huge advantage over other boxers.
  6. While we stayed at the hotel, we ___________ advantage of its excellent leisure facilities.

2          Common adjective collocations

Use these adjectives in the sentences:

mutual                        main                added

  1. Not having to travel far to get anything you need is probably the ___________ advantage of living in the city centre.
  2. The plan is to our ___________ advantage. We will all benefit greatly from it.
  3. The new plan will improve living conditions in the villages, and it has the ___________ advantage of bringing much-needed employment to rural areas.

distinct great    unfair

  1. Some people object to private schools because they give an ___________ advantage to children from rich families.
  2. His enormous height is a ___________ advantage when playing basketball.
  3. The ___________ advantage of the euro is we don’t need to keep changing money every time we go to another country.

Here are three adjectives with similar meanings to some of those in the exercise. Which of the above sentences would they fit in?

additional        ______________________________

considerable    ______________________________

obvious            ______________________________

3          Advantage + preposition.

Complete the sentences with for, in, of, over, to:

  1. There are a number of advantages _____________ studying English in the UK or America.
  2. There are distinct advantages _____________ a more radical approach to this problem.
  3. Government subsidies give these companies an unfair advantage _____________ their competitors.
  4. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages _____________ travelling abroad on your own.
  5. The bird’s huge claws are an obvious advantage _____________ catching its prey.

1.         In 1-6 ‘take advantage of means ‘make use of.

2.         Note the expression in 2-2 – to your advantage. It means something is in your interest.

For example: It’s to your advantage that you speak French fluently.

3.         In 2-2 it is natural to say that something is to our mutual advantage. You can’t say that something is to our mutual disadvantage.

4.         Note the use of ‘over’ when making comparisons.

Digital cameras have lots of advantages over conventional ones.

5.         Note the following common expressions with disadvantage:

The fact that he didn’t speak English put him at a disadvantage during the visit to London.

It is clear that children of poor families are at a disadvantage when it comes to getting into university.

6.         Notice this common structure:

There are a number of advantages in (doing something).


Ex 1:

  1. outweigh        2. had        3. weighing up       4. stress    5.  give / gave       6. took

Ex 2:

  1. main     2. mutual     3. added      4. unfair     5. distinct     6. great

additional = added (sentence 3)

considerable = great (sentence 6)

obvious = distinct (sentence 5)

Ex 3:

  1. in/to        2. to/in         3. over             4. of           5. for

Also check : IELTS Vocabulary

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