Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: idea
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Key Word: idea
1 Verb + idea
Use the correct form of these verbs:
consider come up with get across
reject go along with sell
- He’s a really good speaker. He has that rare ability to _________ complex ideas in the kind of language everybody can understand.
- We’ve been _________ the idea of moving to a smaller flat now that the children have left home. We’ve actually been toying with the idea for a year or so.
- The committee needs to _________ some ideas for raising funds for the new church. Does anybody have any good ideas?
- She’s always _________ the idea of getting married. She says she prefers the freedom of being single.
- I think my proposal would help improve the company, but I’m having a lot of trouble _________ the idea to my boss. He’s not convinced that it would work.
- She’ll never _________ the idea, so it’s not worth mentioning it to her.
2 Liking and disliking ideas
Study the seven expressions in bold:
- I want to become a racing driver but my father is dead against the idea.
- She has an open mind and she is always receptive to new ideas.
- In the UK there is a lot of resistance to the idea of a common currency. Many people remain bitterly opposed to this idea.
- I’m not wild about the idea of going to boarding school, but I have no choice in the matter.
- On the whole, I’m in favour of the idea. >Yes. We’re also sold on the idea. We think it can only improve the quality of the service.
- Some politicians were extremely hostile to the idea of giving free needles to drug addicts.
Now fill in the prepositions. Then mark them:
(L) = like or (D) = dislike:
- dead e. not wild
- receptive f. in favour
- a lot of resistance g. sold
- bitterly opposed h. hostile
3 Common adjective collocations
Use these adjectives in the sentences below:
- The company is looking for a creative person with fresh and ________ ideas.
- You’ll never get my mother to change her mind on anything! She has very________ ideas on almost every subject.
- What a ________idea! Why didn’t I think of that! How do you always manage to come up with the bright ideas?
- He’s got some strange ideas on bringing up kids. >Yes, Frank does have some________ ideas at times, doesn’t he?
- I think I’ve got a________ idea of what to do, but I’ll get back to you if I have any problems.
- I haven’t the ________ idea what you’re talking about. I don’t know anything about your missing bag!
- I wish they would tell me what I’m meant to be doing in more detail. At the moment I only have a very ________ idea what my job is.
- I wish Terry would work out his ideas properly. He keeps coming up with_______ ideas – which nobody takes seriously.
1. In 3-6 ‘foggiest’ is also possible.
2. ‘A rough idea’ is not precise.
Can you give me a rough idea of the cost involved?
3. Note the verbs in the following expressions:
Don’t worry. You’ll soon get the idea how this program works. It’s very user-friendly.
Fiona is very enthusiastic and is always bursting with ideas.
I got the idea from an article in a magazine.
4. Note these collocations using ‘have’:
You must have some idea of who did this!
I have no idea where Lucan has gone.
5. Note the following expression:
Sitting in the rain watching two men hit a ball for hours is not my idea of fun.
1 get across 2. considering 3. come up with
4 rejected 5. selling 6. go along with
- dead against (D)
- receptive to (L)
- a lot of resistance to (D)
- bitterly opposed to (D)
- not wild about (D)
- in favour of (L)
- sold on (L)
- hostile to (D)
1 original 2. fixed 3. brilliant 4. funny 5. fair
6 faintest 7. vague 8. half-baked
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