Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: Change
1 Verb + change
Use the correct form of these verbs:
accept bring about make
resist plan undergo
- I’ve ___________ a few minor changes to your speech. I hope you think I’ve improved it!
- A lot of people find it hard to___________ change. >Yes, it’s surprising how many of us tend to ___________ any kind of change to the way we live.
- The government’s latest advertising campaign is an attempt to ___________ a change in the way we think about the environment.
- Medicine has ___________ huge changes in the past 50 years due to the discovery of DNA.
- The government are ___________ some fairly major changes to the education system over the next couple of years.
2 Common adjective collocations
Complete the sentences below with the following:
last-minute minor noticeable
proposed sweeping welcome
- Yes, let’s eat out tonight. It’ll be a___________ change from cooking!
- My father’s condition still remains critical. There’s been no ___________ change in his condition for several days now.
- I don’t mind it if you change things if you give us plenty of notice, but I really object to these ___________ changes.
- Have you seen the revised plans? The ___________ changes to the building will cost us millions!
- The problems of the health service won’t be solved by making ___________ changes. It needs ___________ changes throughout the whole system.
3 Expressions with prepositions
Use a suitable preposition in these sentences:
- Life is so hectic these days. It’s so difficult to keep up with the rapid pace ___________ change.
- It’s clear that the present system is no longer working and there is a definite need ___________ change.
- Television is one of the main instruments___________ political change in the world today.
- It’s not true that elderly people are always resistant ___________ change.
- Public opinion is shifting in favour ___________ change.
- There could never be a better time to act than now. The organisation is ripe ___________ change.
4 Change + preposition + noun
Now complete these sentences with a noun:
address attitude the law
plan venue weather
- There’s been a change of ___________.We’re leaving on Monday instead of Tuesday.
- If buses are to replace cars, there’ll need to be a complete change in our ___________ to public transport.
- I’ve notified the post office of our change of ___________- so we should get our mail all right.
- The hall has been double-booked, so please note the change of ___________ for the party.
- A lot of us were caught out by the sudden change in the ___________. I wish I’d taken an umbrella!
- The proposed change in ___________ would make abortion illegal again.
1. Note the common expression:
Let’s go out tonight – for a change.
2. Note that we use great, major, sweeping and drastic to talk about big changes.
3. If you have a ‘change of heart’, it means you change your attitude to something.
I’ve had a change of heart. I’m not resigning!
4. If you go away for the night, you need a ‘change of clothes’.
- made 2.accept, resist 3.bring about 4. undergone 5. planning
- welcome 2. noticeable 3. last-minute 4. proposed 5. minor, sweeping
- of 2. for 3. of 4. to 5. of 6. for
- plan 2. attitude 3. address 4. venue 5. weather 6. the law
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