Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: Advice
Key Word: Advice
Verb + Advice
Exercise 1: Use the correct form of these verbs:
- If you had ___________ my advice, you wouldn’t have lost all your money.
- Can I ___________ you a piece of advice? =>Sure. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
- Matt knows what he’s talking about. He has a lot of experience in dealing with this kind of situation so we can’t afford to___________ his advice.
- We’re not sure if our plan to start up a new fast- food restaurant in this area is likely to succeed or not and we would ___________ your advice on the matter.
- Jim had no close friends, so he had no one to ___________ for advice when he needed it most.
Exercise 2: Mark the following sentences:
I-if it means ‘ignoring advice’
G-if it means ‘giving advice’
T-if it means ‘accepting advice’
- He simply won’t listen to any advice from me.
- He just follows his parents’ advice blindly.
- They just completely disregarded my advice.
- My offer of advice is still open.
- Sam’s 16 and is actually very good at taking advice.
- Heed my advice – or take the consequences!
Prepositions with Advice
Exercise 3: Use the following prepositions in the sentences:
- He went back to work___________ the advice of his doctor. He should have stayed off longer.
- I bought some technology shares___________ the advice of my brother, who’s an accountant.
- We went to India in July ___________ the advice of all our friends who told us to wait till February when the weather would be cooler.
- Can you give me some advice ___________ where to find a good hotel in Rome?
- My advice ___________ you would be to go and see your solicitor first before doing anything.
- Here’s a leaflet with some good advice ___________ starting your own business.
Go back and underline all the complete prepositional expressions.
Common Adjective Collocations
Exercise 4: Use the following adjectives in these sentences:
|Contradictory advice||Friendly advice|
|Impartial advice||Professional advice|
|Sound advice||Unsolicited advice|
- The legal system is so complex nowadays that it is often impossible to understand it without ___________
- I often ask my teacher for advice when I have a big decision to make. He’s full of ___________, based on common sense.
- I’ve been given ___________ by two different financial advisors – one told me to sell my shares while the other told me to hold onto them. What am I supposed to do?
- I wouldn’t say anything to him. He doesn’t like ___________. He’ll just tell you that if he needs your advice he’ll ask for it!
- It’s really difficult to get ___________ nowadays, but your solicitor is bound by rules to give this kind of help.
- You might not want to hear this, John, but as somebody who knows you well and cares about you, can I give you some ___________ – I really don’t think Mary’s the right woman for you.
- In 2-4 and 2-6 ‘about’ is also possible.
- In 3-2 you could also say ‘good advice’.
- You can ‘ask’ someone’s advice or ‘ask for’ advice
- Ask Stuart’s advice about where to stay in Paris.
- I wouldn’t ask him for advice on where to eat!
Note these expressions about giving advice:
- I’d appreciate any advice you can give me.
- Let me give you a piece of advice.
Note this more formal expression:
- Before you write to your landlord, you should seek proper legal advice.
We use the expression ‘a word of advice’ to warn someone:
- A word of advice. I’d keep away from Susan.
- She’s trouble! Take it from one who knows!
- turn to
- Professional advice
- Sound advice
- Contradictory advice
- Unsolicited advice
- Impartial advice
- Friendly advice