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Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: time

Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: time

Using Collocation To Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: Time

1          Verb + time

Use the correct form of these verbs:

afford              kill                   make

save                 spend               take

  1. It can ____________ quite a long time to get used to living in a different country.
  2. People who ____________ too much time together usually end up getting on each other’s nerves.
  3. It’ll take you about half an hour to walk to the station. Get a taxi. Think of the time you’ll____________ !
  4. I arrived two hours early for my interview, so I ____________ some time in the National Gallery and then I looked around a bookshop.
  5. You keep saying you don’t have enough time. That’s not good enough! You’ve simply got to ____________ time!
  6. I’d love to come out with you tonight, but I can’t ____________ the time. I have a report to finish for the morning.

2          Common adjective collocations

Use these adjectives in the sentences:

convenient                  quality

smashing                    spare

  1. We had a____________ time at Sarah’s party. Everybody really enjoyed themselves.
  2. She quit her job so that she could spend more ____________ time with her children.
  3. I enjoy gardening in my ____________ time. As soon as I go into the garden, I forget all about work.
  4. I’m sorry, I seem to have called at a bad time. When would be a____________ time to call back?

ample              precious

good                rough

  1. She’s having a ____________ time at work. =>Yes, there’s talk of redundancies. And I think her boss has been giving her a difficult time.
  2. She claims that she didn’t have enough time to prepare for the interview, but like all other candidates we feel she had____________ time.
  3. Make sure you’re at the station in ____________ time. The train won’t wait for you! It leaves at 9, so the rest of us are going to be there at 8.45.
  4. Hurry up! You’re wasting ____________ time! We only have a few hours left!

3          Noun + of + time

Use these nouns in the sentences:

amount           course             length

matter              space               waste

  1. These meetings are a complete __________ of time. Nothing is ever decided!
  2. Children seem to spend an inordinate __________ of time watching TV – up to ten hours a day!
  3. This new strain of flu is out of control. It’s only a__________ of time before it arrives here.
  4. Standing on one leg for any __________ of time is quite difficult for most people.
  5. His injuries are severe but they will heal in the __________ of time. He just needs to be patient.
  6. Within a very short __________ of time he had lost his title. He was champion for under a month.

4          Expressions of time

Use the following expressions in the sentences:

the whole time                       the first time                            next time

my usual time                         a specific time                         some time

  1. She kept on talking __________ ! She didn’t stop for a minute.
  2. The body had been in the water for __________ which made it difficult to determine the exact time of death.
  3. I met my girlfriend’s parents for __________ last week.
  4. Could we arrange __________ to discuss this problem? How about 10 tomorrow?
  5. I’d try a different approach __________ . You might be more successful.
  6. Although I was on holiday I still got up at __________ .
 
 

Notes

1.         If you arrive ‘in the nick of time’, you arrive just in time.

2.         Note these expressions:

There’s no hurry. We’ve got all the time in the world.

Time is running out to save the survivors.

Time’s up! Stop writing. (said in an examination)

You took your time! I’ve been waiting here for hours!

 

ANSWER KEY

Ex 1: l. take    2.spend     3. save     4. killed / spent    5. make     6. afford

Ex 2:

1 smashing    2. quality    3. spare   4. convenient

5 rough     6. ample     7. good      8. precious

Ex 3:

1. waste     2. amount      3. matter     4. length     5. course    6.           space

Ex 4:

1 the whole time         2. some time                3. the first time

4 a specific time          5. next time                 6. my usual time

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