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Widen Your Vocabulary for IELTS-Key Word:Progress

Widen Your Vocabulary for IELTS-Key Word:Progress

Key Word:Progress

Verb+Progress

  1. Use the correct form of these verbs:
bring discuss make
follow hold up monitor
  1. At the end of each school term parents______their child’s progress with a teacher.
  2. Since he moved to his new school. William has______a lot of progress.
  3. I remember my Uncle George took a personal interest in my education. He______my progress closely and gave me help and a lot of encouragement.
  4. The British were enthusiastic builders of railways. They believed railways______progress and civilisation to less developed countries.
  5. Each student’s progress is closely______. We use a system of regular tests to measure their progress.
  6. Fallen trees are______the progress of the rescue workers.

Common Adjective Collocations

2. Use the following adjectives in these sentences:

good disappointing rapid
slow real steady
  1. We are making slow but______progress. The job should only take about a day longer than we anticipated.
  2. There has been such______progress in computer technology over the last few years that I can hardly keep up with the speed of change.
  3. They are having great problems trying to reach the trapped men. Progress is painfully______.
  4. Fortunately, there wasn’t much traffic on the roads, so we made______progress and arrived with plenty of time to spare.
  5. The police have made no______progress in the investigation and detectives are now appealing to the public for help.
  6. No agreement has been reached after five days of discussions. Progress has been______to say the least!

Go back and underline the adjective collocations.

Expressions with Prepositions

3. Choose the correct preposition for each sentence:

in of on
  1. We are frustrated at the lack______progress.
  2. Although she’s recovering from her illness, her rate______progress is quite slow.
  3. In order to continue your financial assistance, we will need regular updates______your progress.
  4. John’s teacher says that his reading and writing is showing signs______progress.
  5. Now that the project has started, we will need a weekly meeting for the next two months to keep a close check______progress.
  6. There has not been much progress______the border dispute between the two countries.
  7. Political observers noted that there had been a lot of progress______human rights.
  8. A concert was______progress in the school hall, so we looked for another room.
  9. The college will be closed while maintenance work is______progress.

What is the meaning of ‘Progress’ in no. 8 and 9?

Notes

1. In l-l ‘review’ is also possible.

2. We talk about economic and technological progress:

  • The country has made significant economic progress in recent years.
  • Technological progress has allowed scientists to build smaller and smaller computers.

3.We use the following expression to say that not all progress is good:

  • We are destroying the planet with our technology – all in the name of progress.

4. Note the following ways of expressing ‘holding up’ progress:

  • His progress was hindered by his lack of experience.
  • The inability of management to decide what it wants has hampered the progress of the plan.
  • Continuing disagreement is impeding progress towards reform of the educational system.
  • By refusing to operate the new machines, the print workers were accused of standing in the way of progress.

Answer Key

Ex 1:

  1. discuss
  2. made
  3. followed
  4. brought
  5. monitored
  6. holding up

Ex 2:

  1. steady
  2. rapid
  3. slow
  4. good
  5. real
  6. disappointing

Ex 3:

  1. of
  2. of
  3. on
  4. of
  5. on
  6. in
  7. on
  8. in
  9.  in

(In no. 8 and 9 ‘in progress’ means that something was happening.)

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