Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: date
Key Word: date
1 Verb + date
Use the correct form of these verbs:
bring forward confirm delay
fix change make
- We don’t have a date for our next meeting. We need to __________ one before we all leave today.
- Can we __________ the date of our AGM? We said May 16th. Is that still all right with everyone?
- The date of the wedding had to be __________ six months when Di discovered she was pregnant.
- A series of strikes by construction workers has __________ the opening date of the new airport by six weeks.
- Sorry we had to __________ the date of the meeting. So many of us couldn’t make the 14th that we really had no choice.
- We both like opera so why don’t we __________ a date to go and see La Traviata one day next week?
2 Common adjective collocations
Complete the sentences below with the following:
completion earliest possible
- I’m afraid I’m tied up all next week. The __________ date I can make is the second of July.
- It’s important that you keep an eye on the __________ date of your credit cards.
- Retain this receipt, since you may need it at a __________ date if you need to return the goods.
- The building company will have to pay compensation if the work continues beyond the agreed __________ date.
- You’d better hurry up! The __________ date for entries to the competition is the 4th of August.
- Never eat food which has passed its __________ date.
- We’re still not able to give you a __________ date for the meeting. We’ve still got to contact half the committee.
- I bought an open ticket because I didn’t want to tie myself down to coming back on a __________ date.
Go back and underline the adjective collocations.
3 Date + preposition + noun
Complete the sentences with these nouns:
applications birth general election
manufacture meeting wedding
- Make sure you fill in your name, address and date of __________ .
- In Britain, the party in power has the right to choose the date of the next __________ .
- We’re thinking of the end of June, but we haven’t set a specific date for the __________ yet.
- The closing date for __________ is May 31st.
- The date of our next __________ has been changed, hasn’t it?
- What’s the exact date of __________ of your car?
1. In 1-1 arrange, decide on and set are also possible. In 2-3 future is also possible.
2. Note the expressions up-to-date and out-of-date:
Our monthly newsletter will keep you up-to-date with all the latest developments.
The information in the brochure is hopelessly out-of-date.
3. Note these common expressions:
This is the best machine we have produced to date. What’s today’s date?
There’s been a mix-up over the dates of the conference.
4. A ‘date’ can also mean a romantic meeting:
Can I speak to Marie, please?
> I’m afraid she’s out on a date with her new boyfriend.
5. If you go out on ‘a blind date’, it is with somebody you have not met before:
I can’t believe you went on a blind date!
> Neither can I, but he turned out to be really nice!
- fix 2. confirm 3. brought forward 4. delayed 5. change 6. make
1 earliest possible 2. expiry 3. later 4. completion
5 closing 6. sell-by date 7. firm 8. particular
1 birth 2.general election 3. wedding
4 applications 5. meeting 6. manufacture
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