1 Verb + cost
Use the correct form of these verbs:
calculate claim back cover
depend on cut spread
- When we had the idea of making a video, we thought we would make a lot of money, but, in the end, we didn’t even ___________ our costs.
- Cheap labour from abroad is being used to keep costs down. A number of factories have also been closed in an attempt to ___________ costs.
- The cost of repairing the damage caused by the storms has been ___________ at over £20 million.
- Whether or not we go on holiday to New Zealand will ___________ the cost of the flights.
- I paid for my hotel with my own credit card, but I’m able to ___________ the cost of it _________ on expenses.
- Why not pay monthly and ___________ the cost of your house insurance over the year?
2 Common adjective collocations
Complete the sentences with these expressions:
average cost full cost
at no extra cost estimated cost
high cost increased costs
running costs the cost is negligible
- When you buy a new computer, you usually get a bundle of software included ___________ .
- The final cost of the new opera house is likely to be in the region of £50 million. This means that the ___________ has more than doubled!
- Higher tax on fuel means ___________ for the ordinary motorist.
- The main drawback of the flat in the town centre is its ___________ . We simply can’t afford it.
- I’m afraid that the owners of the flats will have to bear the ___________ of the roof repairs. No subsidies or grants are available.
- I think our next car ’ll be a diesel. The ___________ are far lower than a petrol car.
- The ___________ of a new house in the UK last year was £80,000.
- Don’t worry about ringing abroad at this time of the evening. It really isn’t very much. ___________ .
3 Noun + of + cost
Complete the sentences with these nouns:
breakdown details grounds idea
- Can you give me an___________ of the cost of the repairs?
- The bill will be £400. Here’s a detailed ___________ of the costs.
- The plan to build a new national stadium had to be abandoned on___________ of cost.
- The government has cleverly avoided disclosing any ___________ of the financial cost of the war.
4 Expressions with cost + of
Complete the sentences below with the following:
borrowing damage health care
- It will be £30.45 if you add in the cost of ___________ and packaging.
- The government has reduced the cost of ___________ in an attempt to get the economy moving again.
- The high cost of ___________ in New York means I’m going to have to come back to the UK.
- I believe that everyone should pay something towards the cost of their own ___________
- People are still clearing away the debris in the streets and trying to assess the cost of the ___________ caused by the tornado.
Go back and underline the expressions with cost of.
1. In 1-3 ‘estimated’ is also possible.
2. If the cost of something is ‘immaterial’, you don’t care how much it is.
3. Notice these two expressions with similar meanings:
He’s determined to win at all costs / whatever the cost.
4. Notice the following expressions:
He drank heavily for most of his adult life at considerable cost to his health.
The trip to the theatre works out at a cost of £25 per head.
5. Cost also means ‘effort’ or ‘loss’:
We won the war, but the cost in human life was huge. She’s not a very nice person – as I know to my cost!
- cover 2. cut 3. calculated 4. depend on 5. claim ….back 6. spread
1 at no extra cost 2. estimated cost 3. increased costs
4 high cost 5. full cost 6. running costs
7 average cost 8.The cost is negligible
- idea 2. breakdown 3. grounds 4. details
- postage 2. borrowing 3. living 4. health care 5. damage
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