Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: fight
Key word: fight
1 Verb + fight
Use the correct form of these verbs:
be engaged in carry on give up
lose put up step up
- Workers at Ford’s lorry plant are determined to __________ a fight to save their jobs.
- More money has been promised to help scientists to __________ the fight to find a cure for AIDS.
- In response to public pressure, the government has promised to __________ the fight against drugs.
- My company __________ a bitter fight with the local council, who are refusing us planning permission for a new factory.
- Although jailed for twenty years by the military government, he refuses to __________ his fight for freedom of speech.
- If you ask me, the police seem to be __________ the fight against crime.
2 Common adjective collocations
Use these adjectives to complete the sentences:
brave easy fair good tough
- I’m not surprised we lost. Fairford United were a much better side, but we managed to put up a __________ fight.
- It won’t be an __________ fight. The government will have to work hard to convince people that this change to the law is in their interests.
- The new director has got a __________ fight on his hands. I’m not sure it was a good idea to take on the union. I can’t see them accepting the new working conditions that he wants.
- Sue died after a__________ fight against breast cancer.
- I don’t know what he’s complaining about. It was a __________ fight. The referee couldn’t have been fairer.
3 Expressions with prepositions
Use these prepositions in the sentences:
for over against with to
- It’ll be a fight__________ the bitter end.
- Hurry up! We’re in a fight __________ time.
- They had a fight __________ who should drive.
- He was in a fight __________ an older boy.
- The fight __________ the gold medal will be interesting!
4 Focus on word grammar
Match the two halves of these sentences:
- This new drug could be a major breakthrough in the fight
- As citizens we all have a part to play in the fight
- He believes he’s innocent and he’s continuing the fight
- Union president, Harry Muldon, is leading the fight
- The church has played a big part in the fight
a to clear his name.
b for the rights of the unborn child.
c to stop compulsory redundancies.
d against /VIS.
f against crime.
Note the patterns:
fight for/against + noun
fight to + verb
1. Note the expressions with ‘fight’:
A motorcyclist lost his fight for life after being critically injured in a collision with a bus.
Only one company can succeed. It will be a real fight to the death.
2. A fight can also be a physical struggle:
A fight broke out between rival groups of football fans.
Police were on the scene in minutes and broke up the fight before it escalated into a riot.
He put up a real fight when the police arrested him.
My son is always getting into fights.
3. Note how we say that something is going to be difficult:
You’ll have a fight on your hands to get your ideas past the board.
- put up 2. carry on 3. step up 4. is engaged in 5. give up 6. losing
- good 2. easy 3.tough 4. brave 5.fair
l.to 2. against 3. over 4. with 5.for
l-d 2-f 3-a 4-c 5-b (to be completed)
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