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



 1         Verb + behaviour

Use the correct form of these verbs:

affect                  change                  criticise                         explain

tolerate            improve              apologise for

  1. Go and report to the head teacher immediately. I’m not standing for this sort of behaviour in my classroom any longer. I simply will not ___________ your appalling behaviour.
  2. An insecure family environment can only ___________ a child’s behaviour in a negative way.
  3. I don’t know why you’re ___________ my behaviour! You’re not exactly perfect yourself.
  4. How do you ___________ her behaviour at the party last night? She was rude to almost everybody she talked to, which isn’t like her. I’m certainly baffled by her behaviour.
  5. The President has ___________ his behaviour, but many people are unwilling to accept that and feel that he should resign.
  6. Terry can be a real nuisance in class, but I must say his behaviour has ___________ a lot recently.
  7. You can ___________ your behaviour, but you can’t ___________ your personality!

2          Common adjective collocations

Use the following adjectives in these sentences:

eccentric          disgraceful                good

anti-social       obsessive                   violent

  1. The crowd booed when the national anthem was played at the beginning of the football match.  I find that sort of behavior ___________. It’s completely unacceptable.
  2. My mother’s problem is she washes her hands over and over again. As you can imagine, this kind of ___________ behaviour can be difficult to live with.
  3. The latest studies seem to show that computer games encourage ___________ and aggressive behaviour in young children.
  4. Our chemistry teacher is everyone’s idea of the mad scientist. His behaviour is somewhat ___________ . It’s hard to predict what he’ll do next.
  5. It is important that teachers reward ___________ behaviour.
  6. There’s no question that playing loud music after midnight in a flat is ___________ behaviour.

3          Noun + preposition + behaviour

Complete the sentences below with these nouns:

model              bounds                            standards

excuse             improvement               explanation

  1. Our school demands the highest___________ of behaviour from its students.
  2. I don’t understand why Maria just got up and walked out. Did she offer any ___________ for her strange behaviour?
  3. Nobody should behave like that in public. There’s no ___________ for that kind of behaviour.
  4. Leaving her to walk home alone so late at night was outside the ___________ of acceptable behaviour. I think you should apologise to her.
  5. Since our daughter started her treatment, there’s been a definite ___________ in her behaviour. She’s much less aggressive at school.
  6. The boy next door is always in trouble with the police. However, when he was at school, he was a ___________ of good behaviour.

Go back and underline the complete expressions including the prepositions.



1.         Note the following ways of expressing your disapproval of someone’s behaviour:

There’s really no need for that sort of behaviour.

This kind of behaviour just won’t do.

Your behaviour leaves a lot to be desired.

His behaviour at the meeting was inappropriate.

2.         Good behaviour can be excellent or exemplary.

Bad behaviour can be unacceptable, strange, violent and undesirable.

3.         Note the expression ‘be on your best behaviour’:

Now, you’re meeting my parents tomorrow. Please be on your best behaviour!

4.         Note these types of behaviour:

We need to understand the causes of criminal behaviour. We’ve learned a lot from animal behaviour.

5.         Behaviour is often followed by to or towards:

I can understand Geoff’s behaviour towards Steve.

Steve never paid back the money he borrowed.


Also check : IELTS Vocabulary


Ex 1:

1 tolerate                 2.affect             3. criticising                4. explain

5 apologised for    6. improved      7. change, change

Ex 2:

  1. disgraceful 2. obsessive 3. violent 4. eccentric 5. good 6. anti-social

Ex 3:

  1. standards 2. explanation 3. excuse 4. bounds 5. improvement 6. model
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