Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: impression
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Key Word: impression
1 Verb + impression
Choose the correct verb in each sentence:
- When I was introduced to Jill, I did my best to be friendly, but I _______________ the impression that she just wanted to be left alone. (got / gave)
- It’s important to _____________ a good impression when you meet a new customer. (get / create)
- During the interview, I watched and listened to the candidate and I ____________ the impression that she didn’t really want the job. (formed / faced)
- Don’t get me wrong, but I ____________ the impression that you’re finding the class a bit easy. (have / feel)
- Remember that it ____________ a bad impression if you’re late for an interview. (makes / gets)
- We had a lovely meal with the Blairs, but we both ____________ the impression that all was not well with their relationship. (gave away / came away with)
- You’re____________ the impression that you don’t really like being here. (getting / giving)
- I really want to____________ the right impression when I meet your aunt. What shall I wear? (get / convey)
Go back and underline the verb collocations.
2 Common adjective expressions
Use the correct adjective in these sentences:
- My first impression of Istanbul was very ____________. I took an instant liking to it.
- The best schoolteachers usually make a ____________ impression on their students, who remember them all their lives.
- Look, you really must get your hair cut. You don’t want to give the ____________ impression on your first day in the new job, do you?
- What were your first impressions of the school? > My ____________ impressions were very positive.
- In job interviews, successful candidates tend to be the people who know exactly how to make the ____________ impression very quickly.
- Travelling through the Amazon rainforests made a deep impression on me. It also made a ____________ impression on my wife.
- As I walked along the dark lane, I couldn’t see anybody, but I had the ____________ impression I was being watched.
- The ____________ or overall impression she gave was one of kindness and generosity.
3 Positive and negative impressions
Match the two halves of the sentences.
- Don’t take your visitors anywhere there are beggars. You don’t want to give them
- The way they are always laughing gives
- If you only visit the university, you’ll get
- So they’re only friends! I was under
- The film gave the very misleading impression
a the mistaken impression that they were married.
b a wrong impression. The town isn’t really very nice.
c a misleading impression of their relationship. They’re actually a very unhappy couple.
d that Glasgow is a very violent city.
e a false impression of the city.
- The kids’ performance gave an excellent impression
- Monet’s paintings give a tremendous impression
- Meeting the President made a great impression
a of the youth of today.
b on me.
c of light and sky.
1. In 3-4‘be under the impression’ means to believe that something is true when it is not:
I’m sorry, I was under the impression that you were Wendy’s father.
She’s under the impression that I have a lot of money. I just don’t know where she got that idea!
2. Note how we ask for an opinion:
What’s your impression of Mr Acton as a manager?
3. Note that ‘impression’ also means to copy somebody’s voice or behaviour:
He does a good impression of George Bush.
You should hear his impression of Hugh Grant!
4. When they don’t have a photograph, the police often issue ‘artist’s impressions’ of criminals, based on descriptions by witnesses.
l got 2. create 3. formed 4. have 5. makes
6 came away with 7. giving 8. convey
- favourable 2. strong 3. wrong 4. initial 5. right 6. lasting 7. distinct 8. general
l-e 2-c 3-b 4-a 5-d 6-a 7-c 8-b
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