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Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score-Key Word:Cost

Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score-Key Word:Cost

Key Word:Cost

Verb+Cost

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs:
calculate claim back cover
depend on cut spread
  1. 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.
  2. Cheap labour from abroad is being used to keep costs down. A number of factories have also been closed in an attempt to______costs.
  3. The cost of repairing the damage caused by the storms has been______at over £20 million.
  4. Whether or not we go on holiday to New Zealand will______the cost of the flights.
  5. I paid for my hotel with my own credit card, but I’m able to______the cost of it______on expenses.
  6. Why not pay monthly and______the cost of your house insurance over the year?

Common Adjective Collocations

2. Complete the sentences with these expressions:

average cost at no extra cost high cost running costs
full cost estimated cost increased costs the cost is negligible
  1. When you buy a new computer, you usually get a bundle of software included______.
  2. 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!
  3. Higher tax on fuel means______for the ordinary motorist.
  4. The main drawback of the flat in the town centre is its______. We simply can’t afford it.
  5. I’m afraid that the owners of the flats will have to bear the______of the roof repairs. No subsidies or grants are available.
  6. I think our next car ’ll be a diesel. The______are far lower than a petrol car.
  7. The______of a new house in the UK last year was £80,000.
  8. Don’t worry about ringing abroad at this time of the evening. It really isn’t very much.______.

Noun+of+Cost

3. Complete the sentences with these nouns:

breakdown grounds idea details
  1. Can you give me an______of the cost of the repairs?
  2. The bill will be £400. Here’s a detailed______of the costs.
  3. The plan to build a new national stadium had to be abandoned on______of cost.
  4. The government has cleverly avoided disclosing any______of the financial cost of the war.

Expressions with Cost+of

4. Complete the sentences below with the following:

borrowing care living damage
postage health
  1. It will be £30.45 if you add in the cost of______and packaging.
  2. The government has reduced the cost of______in an attempt to get the economy moving again.
  3. The high cost of______in New York means I’m going to have to come back to the UK.
  4. I believe that everyone should pay something towards the cost of their own______.
  5. 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.

Notes

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!

Answer Key

Verb+Cost

Ex 1:

  1. cover
  2. cut
  3. calculated
  4. depend on
  5. claim ….back
  6. spread

Common Adjective Collocations

Ex 2:

  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

Noun+of+Cost

Ex 3:

  1. idea
  2. breakdown
  3. grounds
  4. details

Expressions with Cost+of

Ex 4:

  1. postage
  2. borrowing
  3. living
  4. health care
  5.  damage

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