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Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score-Key Word:Position

Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score-Key Word:Position

Key Word:Position

Verb+Position(Place)

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs:
jostle for occupy change take up
  1. Government troops have______defensive positions around the capital.
  2. I get cramp in one leg when I drive, so I have to keep______position on long journeys.
  3. The castle______a commanding position at the top of a hill with unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside.
  4. People in the crowd______the best positions to see the princess as she arrived at the theatre.

Verb+Position(Job)

2. Use the correct form of these verbs:

abuse apply for strengthen
rise hold fill
  1. Our sales manager is leaving, and I’m thinking of______the position.
  2. She has______the position of chief accountant since 1994.
  3. This latest move is clearly intended to______the President’s position as head of state.
  4. I’m afraid it’s too late to apply. The position has already been______.
  5. The Minister was sacked for______her position by giving jobs to her friends and cronies.
  6. I started as a clerk, but I’ve______to a senior position in a government office.

Verb+Position(Attitude or Opinion)

3. Use the correct form of these verbs:

make take reconsider soften
  1. This new evidence on the vaccine has forced the medical profession to seriously______its position on the use of multiple vaccines for young children.
  2. I have______my position as clear as I can. Nothing will change my mind.
  3. My parents always______the position that children need lots of love rather than strict discipline.
  4. The authorities are still taking a hard line on asylum seekers. They show no signs of______their position.

Common Adjective Collocations

4. Use these adjectives in the sentences:

awkward enviable prominent upright
sheltered similar vulnerable
  1. Don’t plant these bulbs in an exposed place where the wind can get at them. The plants will only thrive in a______position.
  2. Don’t lay the box on its side. Make sure it is kept in an______position at all times.
  3. My parents are in the______position of having enough money to retire.
  4. You should display new books in a______position at the front of the shop where they can be easily seen.
  5. The council put me in contact with other single mothers who are in a______position to me.
  6. I can’t understand why they built houses in such a______position on the slopes of the volcano.
  7. You’ve put me in a very______position. Both candidates are my friends, so I really don’t want to get involved in deciding which one gets the job.

Notes

1. Note the following expression:

  • I’m afraid that as I have no money, I am not in a position to help you.

2. We talk about a ‘sitting, kneeling, or standing position’.

3. The question ‘What’s your position?’ can mean either ‘What is your job?’ or ‘What is your stance on this issue?’

Answer Key

Ex 1:

  1. taken up
  2. changing
  3. occupies
  4. jostled for

Ex 2:

  1. applying for
  2. held
  3. strengthen
  4. filled
  5. abusing
  6. risen

Ex 3:

  1. reconsider
  2. made
  3. took
  4. softening

Ex 4:

  1. sheltered
  2. upright
  3. enviable
  4. prominent
  5. similar
  6. vulnerable
  7. awkward

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