Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score-Key Word:Position
- Use the correct form of these verbs:
|jostle for||occupy||change||take up|
- Government troops have______defensive positions around the capital.
- I get cramp in one leg when I drive, so I have to keep______position on long journeys.
- The castle______a commanding position at the top of a hill with unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside.
- People in the crowd______the best positions to see the princess as she arrived at the theatre.
2. Use the correct form of these verbs:
- Our sales manager is leaving, and I’m thinking of______the position.
- She has______the position of chief accountant since 1994.
- This latest move is clearly intended to______the President’s position as head of state.
- I’m afraid it’s too late to apply. The position has already been______.
- The Minister was sacked for______her position by giving jobs to her friends and cronies.
- 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:
- This new evidence on the vaccine has forced the medical profession to seriously______its position on the use of multiple vaccines for young children.
- I have______my position as clear as I can. Nothing will change my mind.
- My parents always______the position that children need lots of love rather than strict discipline.
- 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:
- Don’t plant these bulbs in an exposed place where the wind can get at them. The plants will only thrive in a______position.
- Don’t lay the box on its side. Make sure it is kept in an______position at all times.
- My parents are in the______position of having enough money to retire.
- You should display new books in a______position at the front of the shop where they can be easily seen.
- The council put me in contact with other single mothers who are in a______position to me.
- I can’t understand why they built houses in such a______position on the slopes of the volcano.
- 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.
1. Note the following expression:
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?’
- taken up
- jostled for
- applying for
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