Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: Plan
Key Word: Plan
Verb + Plan
Use the correct form of these verbs:
|change||go ahead with|
- It’s important that you all look ahead and ____________ plans for the future.
- We had to____________ our holiday plans at the last minute, when my mother was taken into hospital.
- The school was forced to____________ its plans for a new library due to a lack of financial support.
- I’m afraid the picnic had to be cancelled. The bad weather ____________ all our plans.
- The committee unanimously ____________the plan. Not one person opposed it. Everybody supported it.
- Yesterday the government ____________ plans to create thousands of new jobs.
- If I ____________ my plan to open a restaurant, can I count on your support? I’ll need good advice and some financial backing to____________ my plans off the ground.
Common Adjective Collocations
Use the following adjectives in these sentences:
- Although____________ plans were drawn up for a new housing development, it didn’t get planning permission.
- What a____________ plan! It’ll never work. Who on earth thought this one up?
- Managers have drawn up a ____________ plan to keep the factory running if there is a power failure.
- We looked at a number of different plans for a bridge over the river, but after much discussion we decided to stick with the ____________ plan of building a tunnel under it.
- The interviewer asked me what my ____________ plans were. I could only tell him that they were dependent on getting this job!
- The prisoners put together an ____________ plan to escape from prison using a helicopter.
Noun + Preposition + Plan
Complete the sentences with these nouns:
- There’s been a _____________ of plan. We’re leaving next week instead of this week.
- We expect to come up against a lot of _____________ to the plan. A number of people have voiced their objections to it already.
- Remember that the_____________ or failure of the plan depends on you.
- Everybody wants to know how the government is going to pay for its ambitious proposals, but the PM wouldn’t give away any_____________ of their plan.
- The government pledged its support for the plan to build a new runway at Gatwick airport. However, none of the local residents are in _____________ of the plan.
- The_____________ of this plan, what makes it so good, is that it won’t cost the members of the club a penny!
- In 1-3 ‘cancel’ and ‘drop’ are also possible.
- In 1-4 ‘spoiled’ and ‘scuppered’ are also possible.
Note these ways of expressing opposition to a plan:
- We remain strongly opposed to these new plans.
- Parents are fiercely opposed to the plan to close the local primary school.
- I am totally opposed to the plan to legalise the use of cannabis for personal use.
- We are all fundamentally opposed to this plan to change the voting system.
- The workers are bitterly opposed to the plan to increase the length of the working day.
Note these expressions:
- There was an airline strike, so all our plans fell through at the last minute.
- I don’t have any plans for the weekend.
- Your best plan would be to take the train.
- If everything goes according to plan, we should arrive around midday.
- It soon became obvious that plan A wasn’t going to work, so we had to resort to plan B.
- go ahead with, get