1 Verb + need
Use the correct form of these verbs:
eliminate feel illustrate
meet recognise stress
- The theft of the Rembrandt last weekend clearly ____________ the need for better security measures at the Palace.
- The main advantage of credit cards is that they____________ the need to carry cash around.
- The director____________ the need for co-operation between workers and management if the company was to get out of its current difficulties.
- More nurseries will have to be built to____________ the need for high-quality child care.
- The government says that it ____________ the need for immediate legislation to combat racism in the workplace.
- I know you’re getting out of hospital today, but you’re welcome to come back and talk any time – if ever you ____________ the need.
2 Common adjective collocations
Complete the sentences below with the more natural adjective collocation:
- United Nations officials say that the most ____________ need is for earth-moving equipment. (urgent / anxious)
- My father’s illness is long-term, so he’s in ____________ need of treatment. (continual / constant)
- Student numbers are increasing year by year, so there’s a____________ need for cheap rented accommodation around the university. (growing / expanding)
- As winter approaches the refugees are in ____________ need of warmth, food and shelter. (terrible / desperate)
- There’s a____________ need for more help for old people living at home on their own. (big / clear)
- When the second Gulf War ended, there was a ____________ need for clean water, medical supplies and stable government. (pressurised / pressing)
3 Expressions with prepositions
Use a suitable preposition in the sentences:
- Our organisation tries to help those most____________ need of psychiatric help.
- I’m going outside. I’m in need____________ some fresh air.
- There’s no need____________ all this shouting. Can’t we discuss this quietly?
- I think we’re all____________ need of a break.
4 Different needs
Complete the sentences below with the following:
basic emotional future
individual energy special
- My wife teaches children with____________ needs. Many of them have severe learning difficulties.
- A family in Eritrea doesn’t need much money to survive. About £10 a week is enough to cover all their ____________ needs.
- The government is investing in training so that the country will be able to meet the____________ needs of industry.
- Without an increase in the number of nuclear power stations, I don’t see how our existing system is going to meet the ____________ needs of this country in ten years’ time.
- Our fitness trainers put together a personal programme to suit your __________ needs.
- Good parents are sensitive both to the physical and ______________ needs of their children.
1. A ‘crying’ need is very urgent:
There’s a crying need for more doctors.
2. Note this expression which means ‘if necessary’:
I’ll stay up all night if need be.
3. Note these common expressions:
She’s badly in need of some new clothes.
The school roof is in dire need of repair.
4. Note this verb collocation:
We will contact you again if the need arises.
Ex 1: 1. illustrates 2. eliminate 3. stressed 4. meet 5. recognises 6. feel
Ex 2: 1. urgent 2. constant 3.growing 4. desperate 5. clear 6. pressing
Ex 3: l. in 2. of 3. for 4. in
Ex 4: 1. special 2. basic 3.future 4. energy 5. individual 6. emotional
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