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

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

consequence

1          Verb + consequence

Use the correct form of these verbs:

consider          fear                  ignore

realise              suffer               understand

  1. I’ve had too many late nights over the past few weeks. I’m now __________ the consequences!
  2. My friend Neil can be very irresponsible. He’s always making snap decisions and never __________ the consequences.
  3. The lawyer said that her client fully __________ the consequences of her actions and was prepared to go to jail for them.
  4. You__________ the consequences of smoking at your peril. I’d give it up now if I were you.
  5. The peace process has broken down again. I think the whole__________ world the consequences of another war.
  6. I can see now that it was a mistake to let people just turn up without letting us know in advance. I didn’t__________ what the consequences would be.

Go back and underline the verb collocations.

2          Common adjective collocations

Complete the sentences with these adjectives:

disastrous             indirect            far-reaching

inevitable              tragic

  1. Europeans introduced the rabbit to Australia with __________ consequences. Their numbers grew very quickly and they became a huge problem to farmers.
  2. Following the death of 5-year-old Michael Richards last weekend, the police have reminded parents of the potentially__________ consequences of allowing children to light fireworks without adult supervision.
  3. The government’s investment in road building will have some __________ consequences. For example, fewer goods will be moved by rail.
  4. The sharp rise in oil prices in the I970’s had __________ consequences. The whole world was affected by it in one way or another.
  5. Huge traffic jams in the city centre were the __________ consequence of the rail strike. Everyone took their cars to work and jammed up the roads.

 Now choose the best answer in the following:

  1. Unfortunately, there were a number of__________ consequences which nobody could have predicted, (unforeseen / invisible)
  2. Historians say that it is too early to assess the __________ consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union, (long-term / short-term)
  3. The most __________ consequences of raising income tax is that the government will lose the next election! (likely / unlikely)
 
 

Notes

1.         In 2-1 dire is also possible and in 2-2 fatal can also be used.

2.         Note the following expression:

Scientists report that most of the fish population was killed as a consequence of the oil spill.

We need to compensate those people who are suffering and dying as a consequence of working with asbestos.

3.         Note the use of the verbs face, take, and accept:

These pilots must now face the consequences of their actions and be brought to trial.

As a manager, you have to be prepared to accept the consequences of your decisions.

My boss was responsible for the mess, but I had to take the consequences!

4.         Note this useful expression:

Global warming will have disastrous consequences for millions of people living near the coast.

5.         If something is ‘of little consequence’, it is of no importance.

 

ANSWER KEY

Ex 1:

  1. suffering 2. considers 3. understood 4. ignore 5. fears 6. realise

Ex 2:

1 disastrous 2. tragic 3. indirect 4. far-reaching

5 inevitable 6. unforeseen 7. long-term 8. likely

Also check :

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Janet had been an IELTS Trainer before she dived into the field of Content Writing. During her days of being a Trainer, Janet had written essays and sample answers which got her students an 8+ band in the IELTS Test. Her contributions to our articles have been engaging and simple to help the students understand and grasp the information with ease. Janet, born and brought up in California, had no idea about the IELTS until she moved to study in Canada. Her peers leaned to her for help as her first language was English.

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