Using Collocation to Boost your IELTS Score – Key Word : Situation

 Key Word : Situation

1          Verb + situation

Use the correct form of these verbs :

comment on                depend on                   handle

review                          misunderstand            improve

  1. John’s calm approach prevented a nasty argument from developing during the meeting. You have to admire the way he ___________ the situation.
  2. It would be unwise to ___________ the situation in Kashmir without knowing all the facts.
  3. Would you come to my aid if somebody attacked me? => Well, it would ___________ the situation.
  4. I thought the man you were with was your husband. I didn’t realise he was your brother. I’m so sorry. I totally ___________  the situation.
  5. The refugees have no fresh water or sanitation. There’s little anyone can do to___________ the situation.
  6. Before we throw any more money at the problem, I think we should___________ the situation and see what worked and what didn’t.

2          Common adjective collocations

Complete the sentences with these adjectives :

current                        desperate                     delicate            ideal

impossible                   Catch-22                     volatile             difficult

  1. We’re trying to buy a house, but everywhere is too expensive for us. We’re in an ___________ situation.
  2. You’ll need to handle this very sensitively. It’s a very___________ situation.
  3. We can’t allow the___________ situation to go on any longer. We need a change.
  4. The news report from the Sudan showed the ___________ situation people are in. They have no food, very little water and no medical supplies.
  5. I think she coped admirably with a very ___________ situation. It was a real ‘can of worms’.
  6. I can’t get the job because I don’t have the right experience and I can’t get the experience until I get a job. It’s a___________ situation.
  7. The house we want to buy is in an ___________ situation with wonderful views of the mountains.
  8. The political situation is very___________ – the army could start a coup at any time.

3          Situation + verb

Use the correct form of these verbs :

arise                calls for           continue

return              turn                 deteriorate

  1. The situation___________ prompt action. We must do something quickly.
  2. Let’s get out of here. The situation could ___________ nasty at any moment.
  3. The situation is___________ day by day. Soon, there will be no food, water or medical supplies left.
  4. This situation can’t___________ . I simply won’t allow it to go on any longer.
  5. Three days after the riots the situation has___________ to normal.
  6. I don’t have the time to think about it now. I’ll worry about it when the situation ___________ .

4          Noun + of + situation

Complete the sentences with these nouns :

advantage                               facts                 handling

misunderstanding                   gravity             side

  1. I don’t think you fully realise the ____________ of the situation. We could all lose our jobs.
  2. Our school has been closed for repairs, so we are taking full ____________ of the situation and going on a short holiday.
  3. I’m glad you can see the funny____________ of the situation. Not many people would.
  4. It’s important that we don’t let our prejudices blind us to the____________ of the situation.
  5. Her ____________ of the situation was masterly. She dealt with the problem very professionally.
  6. His inappropriate reaction was obviously based on a complete ____________ of the situation.

1.         Note the following expressions:

I’m in a no-win situation. Whatever I do will be bad.

2.         Note this question:

What would you have done in my situation?

3.         We talk about the economic / political / social situation.

Answer Key

Ex 1 : 1. handled  2. comment on  3. depend on  4.    misunderstood 5. improve 6. review

Ex 2 :

1 impossible    2. delicate        3. current         4. desperate

5 difficult        6. Catch-22     7.ideal                  8. volatile

Ex 3 : 1. calls for  2. turn  3. deteriorating  4. continue  5. returned  6. arises

Ex 4 : 1. gravity  2. advantage  3. side  4. facts  5. handling  6.          misunderstanding

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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 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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