Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score -Key Word:Cause
1. Underline the verbs which mean ‘find’:
- The cause of the fire may never be discovered.
- The police never actually determined the cause of death.
- Investigators have been called in to establish the cause of the plane crash.
- Engineers are trying to isolate the cause of the problem.
Common Adjective Collocations
2. Complete the sentences below with the following:
- Although they can’t be certain, the investigators think that the most______cause of the crash was that the driver of the train had a heart attack.
- The most______cause of air accidents is pilot error – not mechanical failure.
- Although the link is not clear, many politicians believe that unemployment is the______cause of a lot of urban crime.
- We don’t know why my aunt died. The post mortem will determine the______cause.
- Speeding is the______cause of road accidents.
- We all know what the inquiry said, but do you think that was the______cause of John’s death?
3. Use these words in the sentences below:
- My grandmother’s failing health is giving us cause for______. She might have to go into hospital.
- We have run into some severe turbulence, but there is no cause for______. Please fasten your seatbelts and remain seated till the ‘fasten seatbelts’ sign has been switched off.
- I have no cause for______. The flights, the hotel, the food have all been excellent.
- Following the breakdown of talks, the present political climate gives little cause for______.
- Arsenal’s victory in the competition was cause for______and the fans partied till about 3am.
4. Match the two halves to make common expressions with cause:
|1. What do you think is||a. without good cause|
|2. It’s all a matter of||b. cause to complain|
|3. I’ve never had||c. the cause of death|
|4. She’s never had a day off||c. the cause of death|
|5. We don’t yet know||d. cause and effect|
Cause (Something People Believe in)
5. A common meaning of cause is ‘reason’, but it can also mean something important that people believe in.
For example: A lot of people leave money in their will to good causes such as the NSPCC (the National Society for the prevention of cruelty to children).
Use a suitable preposition in these sentences:
- Most people want independence and many young men are willing to fight______the cause.
- These violent demonstrations will do little to further the cause______animal rights.
- Anti-smoking campaigners hope the public will be sympathetic______their cause.
- I don’t mind giving money if it is______a good cause.
1. Note the following:
2.In 2-3 you can also say ‘root cause’- the basic, underlying cause.
3. In 5-4 deserving is also possible.
Both in a good cause and for a good cause are equally correct.
4.We use the French phrase – a cause célèbre – to talk about a very controversial issue.
5. If you die ‘of natural causes’, you die of old age – not illness or accident.
6. Notice in exercise 4 you say ‘without good cause’ and not ‘without a good cause’.
7. You can ‘champion’ a cause:
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