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

Key word: event

1          Verb + event

Use the correct form of these verbs:

cancel              mark

witness            shake

sponsor           take part in

  1. When Nelson Mandela visited the city, hundreds of doves were released to ___________ the event.
  2. I’d like to thank everyone who ___________ today’s marvellous fund-raising event. I think you’ll all agree we’ve had a wonderful day and we have also managed to raise over £20,000!
  3. Nobody who___________ the events of September 11th – either live on TV or first hand – will ever forget them.
  4. Most big sporting events are___________ by large multinational companies like Nike or Pepsi.
  5. The explosion of the atom bomb over Hiroshima was an event that___________ the world. => It was also an event that changed history.
  6. Will the event be ___________ if it rains or will it be held indoors instead?

2          Common adjective collocations

Match the two halves of these sentences:

  1. We’ll be staging a number of
  2. Everything went exactly as planned.
  3. Three people died when the building collapsed. Unfortunately, I was a witness to
  4. Early this morning the President suffered a heart attack. We have the latest report on today’s
  5. The resignation of the Prime Minister was
  6. If you are into films and film stars,
  7. Getting a place at university
  8. When my sister lost her second child,
  9. The folk festival has now become

a          dramatic events at the White House in a few minutes.

b          the main political event of the year.

c          is a major event in the lives of many young people.

d          then the Oscars is the biggest social event of the year.

e          The whole event went like clockwork.

f           an annual event, held every June.

g          it was a traumatic event for the whole family.

h          special events to celebrate 25 years of independence.

i           the tragic event and it’s something I’m going to have trouble living with.

3          Noun expressions 

Fill in the gaps in the sentences below with the following nouns:

chain               course             summary         version

  1. We were suspicious of Bill’s ___________ of events. That’s why we started a full-scale investigation and discovered he had been stealing money from the company for over ten years! I mean, he had a yacht and house in StTropez!
  2. It’s difficult to believe that the decisions we are about to take will influence the future ___________ of events. It’s a strange feeling knowing that you can affect history!
  3. The air accident report has outlined the ___________ of events that caused the accident which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people.
  4. I haven’t got time to go into detail so this is just a brief ___________ of events from the Festival.


1.         In I -1 ‘celebrate’ is also possible.

2.         Note the following common expressions:

In the event of a collision, the airbag will inflate instantly. In the unlikely event of a breakdown, call 189 4320 for roadside assistance.

3.         In I -4 ‘a sporting event’ can mean the whole competition or an individual competition. For example: The 100 metres is not his best event.

4.         Large events are ‘staged’:

Our organisation has a lot of experience of staging international sporting events.



Ex 1:

l mark              2.took part in               3. witnessed

4 sponsored     5. shook                       6. cancelled

Ex 2:

l-h        2-e       3-i        4-a       5-b       6-d       7-c       8-g       9-f

Ex 3:

  1. version          2. course             3. chain            4. summary

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