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

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

Key Word:Promise

Verb+Promise

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs :
break have make keep
extract go back on hold to give
  1. I’ll try to get back in time for the party, but I’m not______any promises.
  2. Do I______your promise that you won’t tell anyone else about this?
  3. As expected, the government failed to______its promise to improve health care.
  4. David, my ex-husband, keeps promising the kids he’ll take them out, and then he rings to say he can’t come round. I wish he’d stop______his promises. The kids get so disappointed.
  5. Can you______us a promise that the work will be completed on time?
  6. After months of complaining, and after dozens of letters and phone calls, we eventually______a promise from the travel agency that they would refund the full cost of our holiday.
  7. British car workers were furious that the parent company had______its promise to build the new model in the UK.
  8. The opposition is determined to force the government to______its election promises. They say they will not let it go back on any of the promises it made during the election campaign.

Promise(Uncountable)

2. Promise also means a sign that a person or thing will be successful. Choose the more natural collocation in each sentence :

  1. Our younger son, Jack, took up the violin a couple of years ago. He’s______a lot of promise and his school wants him to have extra tuition. (holding showing)
  2. It’s a good example of a film which was______promise, but bombed at the box office. (full of/filled with)
  3. This actor had a brilliant early career, but he failed to______his early promise. Now he’s lucky if he gets any work at all. (fulfil/fill)

 Common Adjective Collocations

3. Choose the more natural adjective in the following sentences :

  1. She made a______promise to him when they were married that she would give up smoking. (serious/solemn)
  2. If I were you, I wouldn’t be too disappointed if Mike doesn’t turn up. He’s famous for making______ promises that he never keeps. (empty/blank))
  3. The politicians made______promises about tax cuts but they refused to discuss them in any detail when asked for more information. (large/big)
  4. After a string of______promises, it is becoming clear that the company cannot provide the level of service and reliability that we need. (broken/unkept)
  5. Before they went bankrupt, ECO Transport made all sorts of______promises, but fortunately nobody believed them. (wild/crazy)
  6. Think carefully before committing yourself. Try to avoid making any______promises that you may regret later. (rash/fantastic)

Notes

1.Note the following expressions:

  • I’ll tidy up my room before I go out tonight > Is that a promise?
  • True to his promise, Paul returned my notes before the next class.

2. We talk of election promises:

  • The government is facing criticism for failing to carry out its election promises.

Answer Key

Ex 1:

  1. making
  2. have
  3. keep
  4. breaking
  5. give
  6. extracted
  7. gone back on
  8. hold to

Ex 2:

  1. showing
  2. full of
  3. fulfill

Ex 3:

  1. solemn
  2. empty
  3. big
  4. broken
  5. wild
  6. rash

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Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through ieltsmaterial.com. With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.

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If I were you, I wouldn’t be too disappointed if Mike doesn’t turn up. He’s famous for making ____________ promises that he never keeps. (empty / blank))

is it not promises that he never keep instead of keeps

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