Key word: direction
1 Verb + direction
Use the correct form of these verbs:
ask for change give
head in look in take
- She waved at him across the street to draw his attention but he wasn’t__________ her direction.
- I think we’re lost. Let’s stop and __________ directions.
- Which direction do you think the government will__________ ?
- He__________ me directions to his house, but I got lost and had to call him on my mobile.
- The wind__________ direction suddenly. Our dinghy capsized and we all ended up in the water.
- The missing child was last seen __________ the direction of the park.
2 Common adjective collocations
Complete the sentences with these adjectives:
- Excuse me. I wonder if you could point me in the __________ direction for the railway station? I’m a stranger here.
- The hotel’s website provides __________ and precise directions on how to get there. It’s not marked on most maps. It’s so isolated.
- When the youths saw the police coming they ran off in the__________ direction.
- In the northern hemisphere water escapes down the plughole in a ________ direction.
- Continue in a___________ direction for about 2 miles, until you reach a small farm, then turn right.
- We seem to be going in the __________ direction. Can I join you?
- He disappeared off in the__________ direction of the pub, but I’m not really sure if that’s where he was heading to.
- If you’re trying to get to Faversham, I’m afraid you’re going in the ___________ direction. You must have missed the turn-off a few miles back.
Go back and underline the adjective collocations.
3 Quantifier + direction
Use these quantifiers in the sentences:
all both each every one
- From the top of the mountain we could see for miles and miles in _________ direction.
- British motorways usually have three lanes in _________ direction. Some have four.
- When the police arrived, the crowd scattered in _________ directions.
- He doesn’t know what to do. He’s being pulled in _________ direction by his heart and in the other by his head.
- Due to an accident, traffic is moving very slowly in _________ directions.
1. Note the following:
I’m bad at finding places. I’ve got no sense of direction.
Like many teenagers, I had no sense of direction in life. I just didn’t know what to do with myself.
2. Note the following expressions:
Many believe that the decision to cut interest rates is a step in the right direction to economic recovery.
I clearly need a change of direction at work. I’m bored doing the same thing every day.
3. ‘Directions’ can mean ‘written instructions’:
Don’t forget to read the directions on the packet before taking the pills.
Just follow the directions on the packet and you will end up with a perfect sponge cake!
4. Note this more formal expression:
This is a step in the right / wrong direction.
- looking in 2. ask for 3. take 4.gave 5. changed 6.heading in
1 right 2. clear 3. opposite 4. clockwise
5 westerly 6. same 7. general 8. wrong
- every 2. each 3. all 4. one 5. both