Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: Issue
- 1 Key Word: Issue
- 1.1 Verb + Issue
- 1.2 Verb + Noun + On the issue
- 1.3 Common Adjective Collocations
- 1.4 Answer Key
Key Word: Issue
Verb + Issue
Use the correct form of these verbs:
- My mother has always voted for the Green Party. She __________ very deeply__________ environmental issues.
- Our head of department is always side-stepping difficult issues. His normal tactic is to __________ a lot of issues by saying they are not his responsibility.
- I know you would like to bring up the issue of salaries, but I’d prefer it if you __________ it at the next meeting.
- If we don’t__________ this issue fairly quickly, we’ll need to start paying people off.
- There was hardly anything in the Prime Minister’s reply. He never properly__________ the issue of unemployment in the North East.
Verb + Noun + On the issue
Notice these two common patterns:
- Reach (verb) an agreement (noun) on the issue of (jobs).
- Clash (verb) on the issue of (jobs)
Match the two halves of these situations:
- I can’t see us reaching any sort of agreement.
- We can’t give an opinion until we have more information.
- The union will ballot the whole membership on the issue of job cuts.
- I’m glad agreement has been reached.
- The players and the management of the club are in disagreement.
- We know little of his views at present.
- It was time everyone overcame their differences on the issue.
- Opinion is so deeply divided on so many issues.
- They’ve clashed on the issue of pay and conditions.
- I think it’s important that everyone gets a chance to vote on the issue.
- For example, we don’t know where he stands on the issue of free care for the elderly.
- We’re just going to reserve judgement on this issue until the report is published.
Common Adjective Collocations
Complete the sentence with these adjectives:
- Using animals to test new drugs is a highly __________ issue. > Yes, it’s the kind of controversial issue that arouses a lot of strong feelings and opinions.
- It’s not a question of whether we need a new office or not – we all know the present accommodation is unsatisfactory. The __________ issue is whether we can afford it.
- For me euthanasia is a black and white issue. It’s wrong to take life and that’s that! > Well, I disagree. It’s a much more __________ issue than you think.
- None of the main political parties seems willing to talk about free health care for the elderly. I think it’s one of the most__________ issues facing us today.
- The fight against drugs is regarded as a __________ issue. We need to do something about this problem urgently if we are to prevent it getting out of control.
Use these adjectives in the sentences:
- The President declared that his country had a very__________ record on the issue of human rights.
- The talks between the two leaders covered a __________ range of issues.
- Don’t worry. The minister has a __________ grasp of the issues involved.
- The negotiators were in __________ agreement on the main issues.
- There is a __________ consensus of opinion on this issue.
- In 1-2‘duck’ is also possible.
- In 3-1 ‘controversial’ and ‘contentious’ are possible.
- In 3-2 ‘key’ is also possible.
Note these expressions:
- Money is not the issue. (not the main thing)
- I must take issue with you. (object)
You ‘make an issue of’ something when you create an argument about something unimportant.
- cares, about
- politically sensitive