Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: Ban
1 Verb + ban
Use the correct form of these verbs:
announce defy impose
introduce lift support
- The Football Association __________ a three-match ban on the player for unprofessional behaviour.
- Thousands of students __________ the ban on political meetings. They held a mass demonstration in the main square demanding freedom of speech and free elections.
- After the failure of the pay negotiations, the union __________ a ban on overtime.
- The government will __________ the ban on fishing for scallops when scientists assure them that the shellfish are safe to eat.
- Do you remember which airline was the first to __________ a smoking ban on all its flights?
- All delegates except the Japanese __________ the worldwide ban on whaling.
2 A complete ban on something
Complete the sentences below with these ideas:
land mines tobacco advertising
the trade in ivory sale of handguns
using e-mail human cloning
- From Monday there is to be a total ban on __________ for personal purposes in office time. Anyone caught booking flights, for example, will be dismissed on the spot.
- Thousands of children lost limbs in the aftermath of the war. All political parties are calling for a ban on the production and use of __________ .
- In the aftermath of Dunblane and the American high school shootings, there were calls for a complete ban on the __________ .
- In order to discourage young people from smoking, many western governments have imposed a blanket ban on __________ .
- Many famous biologists believe that there should be an outright ban on __________ .
- The African elephant is only surviving today because of the worldwide ban on __________ .
Go back and underline all the expressions meaning a complete ban.
3 Put + a ban on
Notice the difference between these sentences:
- They’ve banned the advertising of alcohol.
- They’ve put a ban on the advertising of alcohol.
Change the following sentences so that they follow the pattern of sentence 2:
- They’ve banned the sale of alcohol at the match.
- They’ve banned the importing of UK lamb.
- They’ve banned all flights into North Korea.
- They’ve banned the sale of pornography.
1. In 1-2 ‘ignored’ is also possible.
2. Note the use of ‘banned’ as an adjective:
His gold medal was taken away from him when his tests proved that he had been using a banned substance.
He was arrested for belonging to a banned political party.
3. A ‘test ban treaty’ is an agreement between countries to stop testing nuclear weapons.
4. Here is a common use of ‘ban’ as a verb:
He was banned from driving for three years.
1 imposed 2. defied 3. announced 4. lift
5 introduce 6. supported
1 using e-mail 2. land mines 3. sale of handguns
4 tobacco advertising 5. human cloning 6. the trade in ivory
complete = total, blanket, outright, worldwide
- They’ve put a ban on the sale of alcohol at the match.
- They’ve put a ban on the import of UK lamb.
- They’ve put a ban on all flights into North Korea.
- They’ve put a ban on the sale of pornography.
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