Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: person - vocabulary for ielts - vocabulary for ielts

Key Word: person

 1         Determiners and quantifiers

Complete the sentences with these words:

each                first                  last

one                  only                 single

  1. When my car broke down on the motorway, not a ___________ person stopped and offered to help me.
  2. My best friend is about the ___________ person that I can trust my secrets to.
  3. Allow about 200gms of rice for___________ person.
  4. Democratic systems are based on the principle of___________ person, one vote.
  5. The___________ person to give the correct answer wins the competition.
  6. I wouldn’t go out with Damien if he were the ___________ person on earth!

2          Common adjective collocations

Match the two halves of these situations:

  1. Federico’s a very private person.
  2. Tom strikes me as a very humble person.
  3. Bill’s a very insecure person.
  4. Angie seems to be a responsible person.
  5. Liz is the wrong person to talk to.
  6. Harry’s not a very organised person.
  7. Simon’s a lively, talkative person.
  8. Jo will be remembered as a caring, thoughtful person.

a          I think we can rely on her to finish the job.

b          You’ll enjoy his company.

c          He always arrives late for meetings.

d          He was always doing things for other people.

e          She can’t keep a secret for more than a minute.

f           He keeps himself to himself.

g          He’s got a lot of hang-ups and low self-esteem.

h          He never talks about his achievements.

Now use these adjectives in the sentences below:

average                       difficult            guilty               poor

reasonable                  right                stupid              easy

  1. After a difficult few months, there seems to be general agreement that Melanie is the ___________ person for the job.
  2. It is a fact that the ___________ person in the street is much better-off today than they were twenty years ago.
  3. The new finance director is not an ___________ person to deal with, is she? No, I’m finding her fairly___________, too.
  4. The police are sifting through the evidence in an effort to find the___________ person.
  5. What___________ person left the oven on all night! We could all have burnt to death!
  6. What a state the room was in at the end of the party. I pity the ___________ person who had to clean the mess up.
  7. Any ___________, right-minded person can see that this decision is not fair.

3          Kinds of person

Match up these people with the definitions:

  1. a morning person
  2. a displaced person
  3. a missing person
  4. an outdoor person
  5. a people person

a          somebody who has disappeared

b          somebody who gets on well with almost anybody

c          someone who is at their best before lunch

d          somebody who likes walking, climbing etc.

e          somebody who has been forced to leave their own country and has not found asylum in another country



1.         Note this useful way of talking about someone:

He’s the type of person who always offers to help.

2.         Note these expressions:

It gave me a big thrill to meet Sting in person after the concert.

Can I speak to the person in charge, please?

Police think they have found the person responsible for the attack.

Reactions to the treatment vary from person to person.

Rooms cost from £20 per person.

Customs officers found drugs concealed about his person.

3.         This is a common question:

What’s Linda like as a person?



Ex 1:    1. single           2. only             3. each             4. one              5. first              6. last

Ex 2:

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

9 right              10 average       11 easy, difficult         12. guilty

13 stupid         14. poor           15. reasonable

Ex 3:

l-c        2-e       3-a       4-d       5-b

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