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

 Key Word: hope

1          Verb + hope

Use the correct form of these verbs:

abandon                         cling to

give                                  raise

hold out                          offer

pin( hope) on               have

  1. My strong belief in God ___________ me hope during those difficult times and helped me to remain positive.
  2. Rescuers have given up hope of finding any survivors. They have all hope of finding anybody alive inside the collapsed building.
  3. You shouldn’t ___________ all your hopes ___________ getting this job. Apply for other positions as well.
  4. With so many people wanting to see the concert, I don’t ___________ much hope of getting a ticket at this late stage.
  5. Without work, most of these young people ___________ no hope for the future.
  6. The new information which has come in from tribesmen in the north of the country___________ hope that the hostages are still alive.
  7. This new treatment for cancer ___________ hope to thousands of patients worldwide. It’s not a wonder-cure, but it is a step in the right direction.
  8. My sister still ___________ the hope that one day her long-lost son will walk through the door – even though she hasn’t heard from him for over 20 years.

2          Destroying hopes

Match the two halves of these sentences:

  1. Hopes of an economic recovery
  2. I failed a vital exam so all my hopes of
  3. A knee injury
  4. Hopes of finding the missing child
  5. Our hopes of holding the birthday party outside
  6. Last night’s defeat by Liverpool

a          becoming a doctor were quashed.

b          are fading fast.

c          have been dashed by the sharp rise in the price of oil.

d          ended Arsenal’s hopes of playing in Europe next season.

e          ruined my hopes of success in the tournament.

f           were defeated by the weather.

3          Common adjective collocations

Use these adjectives to complete the sentences:

faint                 false                 high

new                 only                 best

  1. She has__________ hopes for her children – one is planning to be a lawyer and the other a doctor.
  2. All our hopes rest with you. Nobody else can help us. You’re our __________ hope.
  3. Scientists have developed a revolutionary drug which may give __________ hope to the millions of people who suffer from hay-fever.
  4. Power-sharing between the two warring factions offers the country its __________ hope for a peaceful outcome.
  5. Don’t lose hope. There is still a __________ hope that he may recover from his injuries.
  6. I don’t want to raise any __________ hopes, but I do still believe your son is alive and well.


1.         ‘In the hope of’ is a useful expression:

I moved to London in the hope of finding work.

2.         Note how we tell somebody to be realistic:

Don’t get your hopes up. There are 50 people after the same job!

3.         ‘Live in hope’ means we are optimistic:

Pete’s 37 and not married yet, but we live in hope!

4.         Note these expressions:

There is little hope of any improvement.

Our only hope was to get Lee to a hospital fast

5.         ‘A glimmer of hope’ is a small amount of hope:

A liver transplant offers him a new glimmer of hope.

6.         If something is ‘beyond all hope’, it won’t improve:

The political situation is now beyond all hope.




Ex 1:

  1. gave                  2. abandoned              3. pin… on

4   hold out                    5. have             6. raises           7. offers           8. clings to

Ex 2:    1 -c      2-a       3-e       4-b       5-f       6-d

Ex 3:  1. high               2. only             3. new             4. best             5. faint             6. false

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