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Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score-Key Word:Improvement

Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score-Key Word:Improvement

Key word:Improvement

Verb+Improvement

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs :
be bring about make
notice show suggest
  1. It’s about 30 years since I was in the British Museum. I’ve______a lot of improvements. It’s a much more exciting place now.
  2. Isn’t it great that John’s teachers said that his work has______steady improvement throughout the year!
  3. I know a lot of improvements have been______to our computer system since it was first installed. If anyone can think of any more, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
  4. Major spending is required to______much- needed improvements in the health service.
  5. Could you read over my essay and______any improvements before I hand it in?
  6. There has______a gradual improvement in living standards over the past decade.

Common Adjective Expressions

2. Match the two halves to make sentences :

1. If we want people to use their cars less, a. I saw a huge improvement in my health.
2. Despite the new sewage treatment plant, b. so we can only afford minor improvements to school buildings.
3. The last six months c. it’s a vast improvement on your first attempt.
4. A few months after I stopped smoking d. there has been a marked improvement in his English.
5. If you follow this exercise program for a month, e. we need substantial improvements public transport.
6. Teacher’s salaries are going up by 20% f. you’ll see an enormous improvement in your stamina.
7. Since Marco started going to evening classes g. have seen a slight improvement in the economy.
8. I’m glad you’ve re-written this essay- h. there’s been a remarkable improvement in Bill’s condition.
9. Thanks to the doctors and nurses in the intensive-care department i. there has only been a marginal improvement in the quality of water on our beaches.

 Large and Small Improvements

3. Use the nine adjectives in exercise 2 and the following to make a list of adjectives meaning ‘large’ and ‘small’, which can be used with improvement:

minor considerable significant real
massive sharp radical modest
  1. Small : ________________________________________________
  2. Large : ________________________________________________

Expressions with Prepositions

4. Use these nouns to complete the sentences:

areas cost number
prospect signs room
  1. My teacher said my work was satisfactory, but there was still______for improvement.
  2. The consultant’s report highlights several______for improvement within the company.
  3. The economy is continuing to show______of improvement.
  4. Sadly, the doctors say there is little______of any improvement in my aunt’s condition.
  5. Due to unforeseen circumstances the______of the improvements has risen by fifty per cent.
  6. The new car incorporates a______of major improvements making it one of the safest to drive.

Look back at all the exercises in this unit and underline all the collocations.

Notes

  1. Notice how we can use ‘improvement on’ to compare two performances:
  • Her time today in the 200 metres was a big improvement on her performance in the Olympics. The band’s performance tonight was a huge improvement on last night’s disaster.

2. Notice this common expression:

  • It will be some time before we see any improvement in Sheila’s condition.

Answer Key

Ex 1 :

  1. noticed
  2. shown
  3. made
  4. bring about
  5. suggest
  6. been

Ex 2 :

  1. e
  2. i
  3. g
  4. a
  5. f
  6. b
  7. d
  8. c
  9. h

Ex 3 :

  1. small improvement = marginal, minor, modest, slight
  2. large improvement = considerable, enormous, huge, marked, massive, radical, real, remarkable, significant, sharp, substantial, vast

Ex 4 :

  1. room
  2. areas
  3. signs
  4. prospect
  5.  cost
  6. number

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