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Using Collocation to Boost your IELTS Score-Key Word:Occasion Using Collocation to Boost your IELTS Score-Key Word:Occasion
Using Collocation to Boost your IELTS Score-Key Word:Occasion

Using Collocation to Boost your IELTS Score-Key Word:Occasion

Key Word:Occasion

Verb+Occasion

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs :
celebrate dress forget use
  1. Remember it’s a wedding that you’re going to. Make sure you______for the occasion. Have you got a dark suit?
  2. My husband is fifty next week. We’re having a big party to______the occasion.
  3. The Prime Minister opened a new school in London and he______the occasion to announce the government’s intention to spend more money on primary schools.
  4. They seem a very nice couple, don’t they? I’ll never______the occasion when they screamed and shouted at each other in public.

Common Adjective Collocations

2. Complete the sentences below with the following :

festive special memorable
serious previous suitable
  1. As my parents’ golden wedding was an extra______occasion, we let off a lot of fireworks.
  2. OK! I’ll speak to him about his behaviour – but only if a______occasion arises.
  3. We listened to his speech and tried not to laugh – a funeral is meant to be a solemn and______occasion.
  4. Yes, I know Hans. We’ve met on two _________ occasions, once in Hamburg, the other time in London.
  5. I’m sure I’m speaking for everyone when I say that this has been both an enjoyable and a truly______occasion. It’s certainly one that I will never forget.
  6. The Millennium was a very______occasion. People were singing and dancing in the streets.

Common Expressions

3. Complete the sentences below with these adjectives and determines :

more one number
particular odd this
  1. You usually beat Dave easily. How did he get the better of you on______occasion?
  2. My mother is now over 80 and can be very demanding. On______occasion, she called me in the middle of the night asking me to come round to her house to make her a cup of tea!
  3. Smith has been late now on______than one occasion. I think we’re going to have to speak to him.
  4. Jane and I talk about lots of things, but I just can’t remember what we were discussing on that______occasion.
  5. His work has been unsatisfactory now on a______of occasions. If it happens again, we’ll have no choice but to dismiss him.
  6. I don’t really smoke. I just have a cigar on the very______occasion.

Noun+Preposition+Occasion

4. Use these nouns to complete the expressions :

keeping sense sparkle spirit
  1. The music, the flowers and the crowds gave the event a real feeling of importance. They gave the wedding a real______of occasion.
  2. I know she doesn’t really like party games, but she decided to join in and she seemed to enjoy herself. She certainly entered into the______of the occasion.
  3. His behaviour during the awards ceremony was rude and inappropriate. It was definitely not in______with the occasion.
  4. The room was full of men in grey suits, but the presence of the Prime Minister’s wife in a beautiful green silk dress added a much needed______to the occasion.

Notes

1. Note these expressions:

  • The team must rise to the occasion and win the cup.
  • I’ve suggested that on numerous occasions.
  • If the occasion arises, I’ll ask for his autograph.
  • I went out and bought a new dress just for the occasion.

2. ‘On occasion’ means not often:

  • On occasion I have a cigar after a meal.

3. If something is ‘an occasion’, it means it is special in some way:

  • Everybody was there. It was quite an occasion.

Answer Key

Ex 1:

  1. dress
  2. celebrate
  3. used
  4. forget

Ex 2 :

  1. special
  2. suitable
  3. serious
  4. previous
  5. memorable
  6. festive

Ex 3 :

  1. this
  2. one
  3. more
  4. particular
  5. number
  6. odd

Ex 4 :

  1. sense
  2. spirit
  3. keeping
  4. sparkle

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