Key Word: promise
1 Verb + promise
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Use the correct form of these verbs:
break have make keep
- I’ll try to get back in time for the party, but I’m not ____________ any promises.
- Do I____________ your promise that you won’t tell anyone else about this?
- As expected, the government failed to____________ its promise to improve health care.
- 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.
extract hold to give go back on
- Can you ____________ us a promise that the work will be completed on time?
- 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.
- British car workers were furious that the parent company had ____________ its promise to build the new model in the UK.
- 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.
2 Promise (uncountable)
Promise also means a sign that a person or thing will be successful. Choose the more natural collocation in each sentence:
- 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)
- It’s a good example of a film which was____________ promise, but bombed at the box office. (full of / filled with)
- 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)
3 Common adjective collocations
Choose the more natural adjective in the following sentences:
- She made a____________ promise to him when they were married that she would give up smoking. (serious / solemn)
- 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))
- The politicians made ____________ promises about tax cuts but they refused to discuss them in any detail when asked for more information. (large / big)
- 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)
- Before they went bankrupt, ECO Transport made all sorts of____________ promises, but fortunately nobody believed them. (wild / crazy)
- Think carefully before committing yourself. Try to avoid making any____________ promises that you may regret later. (rash / fantastic)
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.
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.fulfil
Ex 3: 1. solemn 2. empty 3. big 4. broken 5. wild 6. rash
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