Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: help
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Key Word: help
1 Verb + help
Use the correct form of these verbs:
ask for appreciate
- Thanks for everything you’ve done for my parents. They really __________ all your help.
- My car broke down in the city centre and I tried to push it to the side of the road. There were lots of people standing watching, and not one of them __________ any help whatsoever.
- Do you need any help with the cooking? > No, but I could __________ some help with the washing up if you’re not too busy.
- I wouldn’t normally __________ your help, but the fact is I’m desperate. Could I use your phone? Ours is out of order and I don’t have a mobile.
- Look! That old lady has collapsed. Go and __________ help. There’s a policeman over there.
- Initially he turned to his family for help in dealing with his depression, but he was eventually forced to __________ psychiatric help.
- In the current emergency, we __________ all the help we can get.
- The Samaritans are an organisation which __________ telephone help to people who are suicidal.
2 Common adjective collocations
Use the following adjectives in these sentences:
extra great invaluable
financial professional individual
- My mother was a __________ help to me while my wife was in hospital having our third child.
- We received __________ help from many people while writing this book. We couldn’t have completed it without their contributions.
- If you suffer from depression, it’s best to get __________ help. First, talk to your doctor.
- I passed my mathematics exam, thanks to the __________ help my dad gave me in the evenings.
- Most teachers simply don’t have the time to give some students the _____________ help they need.
- A lot of older people do without things rather than ask for __________ help.
3 Ways of asking for help
Match the two halves of these sentences:
- It is a well-known fact that
- We were surprised by the number of volunteers who responded to
- We are grateful to all those parents who answered
- A five-year-old girl has gone missing. Her parents have made
a our appeal for help with disabled children.
b a desperate plea to the public for help in finding her.
c a suicide attempt is often a cry for help.
d our call for help in raising funds for the school.
4 Expressions with prepositions
Match the two halves of the sentences:
- The survivors of the earthquake are
- Our confidential telephone lines are
- These flowers are
- It’s now three days since the disaster struck and
a a token of my appreciation for all your help.
b in dire need of help. The government must get food and medicine to them quickly.
c offers of help are flowing in from all over the world.
d a tremendous source of help to those people who are depressed and lonely.
1. Note the expression ‘to manage something with the help of’:
I managed to make myself understood with the help of my Spanish phrase book.
2. Note this common expression:
The map he drew wasn’t much help. I still got lost!
Come on! You’re not much help!
3. Note how we offer to help:
Let me know if I can be of any help to you.
Would you like some help with the washing up?
4. Note the more formal collocation:
The CID enlisted the help of a graphologist, an expert on handwriting.
5. In the UK a ‘home help’ is somebody who helps the elderly or disabled with their housework.
6. A ‘helpline’ is a telephone number you can ring for advice or information.
1 appreciate 2. offered 3. use 4. ask for 5. get
6 seek 7 need 8. provides
- great 2. invaluable 3. professional 4. extra 5. individual 6. financial
Ex 3: 1-c 2-a 3-d 4-b
Ex 4: 1-b 2-d 3-a 4-c
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