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



1          Verb + comment

Use the correct form of these verbs:

appreciate                apologise for               have

invite                              made                           pass

  1. Do you ___________ any comment on the situation, Mr President?
  2. I entirely agree with the comments you___________ about the state of the underground system.
  3. The council has___________ comments from residents about the plans for the new shopping centre.
  4. The interviewer made some rather rude remarks to the Prime Minister’s wife. He later publicly ___________ his comments.
  5. I would ___________ any comments you might have on my work. All comments and suggestions will be gratefully received.
  6. No one in the office has dared___________ comment on my new hair colour. I think they’re all afraid to upset me!

2          Common adjective collocations

Complete the sentences below with the following:

nasty                fair                  further               helpful

last                   sad                   passing            sarcastic

  1. OK, you’re right. That’s___________ comment. I could have played better. I just wasn’t on top form.
  2. Everything my client has to say on this matter is contained in the press release. She has no___________ comment to make at this stage.
  3. Your husband passed some very___________ comments about my wife’s appearance at the party. I hope he will apologise.
  4. I think Pete’s ideas are important and they deserve more than a ___________ comment.
  5. My boss isn’t nasty or unpleasant, but he has a habit of making slightly ___________ comments about my accent. Why does he do this, I wonder?
  6. My tutor made some very ___________ comments on my essay – they were apt and to the point.
  7. Ignore my___________ comment. I wasn’t thinking properly!
  8. Last night’s programme about homeless people in our cities was a ___________ comment on the current state of our society.

1.         You can also use ‘welcome’ in I-5.

2.         In 1-6 notice that you can ‘pass comment’, but in 1-2 you ‘make a comment’.

3.         In 2-3 you can also say ‘derogatory comments’.

4.         In 2-8 ‘comment’ is used to mean a bad picture of something. You can also use ‘telling’:

It’s a telling comment on our society that some children still don’t get enough to eat.

5.         Note these comment + verb collocations:

Her comments provoked an uncharacteristic outburst of anger from the Prime Minister.

The manager’s comments do not represent the views of many of us. I, for one, disagree strongly.

6.         Note the following prepositional phrases:

The minister at the centre of the scandal was unavailable for comment last night

I was surprised when she accepted his decision without comment.

7.         Note how we tell people that we do not wish to talk about something:

When asked if he was about to resign, the chairman replied ‘No comment’.

8.         Note the verbs we use to describe our reactions to comments:

Her comments offended me deeply.

I was secretly pleased by his comments. 


Ex 1:

  1. have 2. made 3. invited   4. apologised for  5. appreciate  6. pass

Ex 2:

  1. fair 2. further 3. nasty   4. passing   5. sarcastic  6. helpful   7. last   8. sad

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