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

Key word: direction

1          Verb + direction

Use the correct form of these verbs:

ask for                         change                        give

head in                        look in                         take

  1. She waved at him across the street to draw his attention but he wasn’t__________ her direction.
  2. I think we’re lost. Let’s stop and __________ directions.
  3. Which direction do you think the government will__________ ?
  4. He__________ me directions to his house, but I got lost and had to call him on my mobile.
  5. The wind__________ direction suddenly. Our dinghy capsized and we all ended up in the water.
  6. The missing child was last seen __________ the direction of the park.

2          Common adjective collocations

Complete the sentences with these adjectives:

clear                            clockwise

general                        opposite

right                             same

wrong                          westerly

  1. Excuse me. I wonder if you could point me in the __________ direction for the railway station? I’m a stranger here.
  2. The hotel’s website provides __________ and precise directions on how to get there. It’s not marked on most maps. It’s so isolated.
  3. When the youths saw the police coming they ran off in the__________ direction.
  4. In the northern hemisphere water escapes down the plughole in a ________ direction.
  5. Continue in a___________ direction for about 2 miles, until you reach a small farm, then turn right.
  6. We seem to be going in the __________ direction. Can I join you?
  7. He disappeared off in the__________ direction of the pub, but I’m not really sure if that’s where he was heading to.
  8. 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

  1. From the top of the mountain we could see for miles and miles in _________ direction.
  2. British motorways usually have three lanes in _________ direction. Some have four.
  3. When the police arrived, the crowd scattered in _________ directions.
  4. He doesn’t know what to do. He’s being pulled in _________ direction by his heart and in the other by his head.
  5. 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.



Ex 1:

  1. looking in               2. ask for            3. take        4.gave              5. changed       6.heading in

Ex 2:

1 right              2. clear             3. opposite       4. clockwise

5 westerly        6. same           7. general         8. wrong

Ex 3:

  1. every    2. each     3. all    4. one    5. both

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