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Collocations for IELTS

  • Agree & Disagree Collocation

    Collocation about Agree & Disagree When you agree with someone completely, you can say “I totally agree” or “I strongly agree.” Another way to describe 100% agreement is to say a person agrees wholeheartedly. On the other hand, you can say “I agree up to a point” if you agree…

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  • Cause & Effect Collocation

    Collocation about Cause & Effect You can describe something as cause for concern or cause for alarm – meaning a reason for concern or alarm. For example, “The growing number of teenagers dropping out of school is cause for concern.” The word “alarm” is a little stronger and more urgent:…

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  • Time Management

    Collocation about Time Management Do you spend your time efficiently, or do you waste time and procrastinate important tasks – then stay up working until ungodly hours (very late at night/early in the morning)? It has taken me ages (taken a very long time), but I’ve finally adopted some time-management…

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  • Global Problems

    Collocation about Global Problems One critical issue is preserving and protecting the environment. The burning of fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas) produces greenhouse gases (gases that heat up the atmosphere) that deplete the ozone layer and result in global warming and climate change (changes in the earth’s temperature…

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  • Law & Justice Collocation

    Collocations about Law & Justice The government is responsible for passing laws (approving new laws to be put into practice), and the courts and legal system are in charge of upholding and enforcing the law (applying the law to the population). When a person is charged with a crime (formally…

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  • Crime Collocation

    Collocation about Crime When a person breaks the law (does something illegal), we say they have committed a crime. Especially horrible crimes – like a savage rape or a brutal murder – can be described as barbaric, horrible, or vicious crimes. If someone tries to commit a crime but does…

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  • Countryside Collocation

    Collocation about Countryside If you’re living in an urban area and looking for a little change of scenery, why not take a weekend trip to the surrounding countryside? You can walk through the wildlife preserve (special area where animals are protected), where a winding footpath (a road you can walk…

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  • City Collocation

    Collocation about City When my parents retired last year, they traded the towering skyscrapers (very tall buildings) and noise pollution of Los Angeles for the peace and quiet of a small coastal city (a city near the ocean) in southern France. They said they were tired of living in a…

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  • Weather Collocation

    Collocation about Weather You should check the weather forecast – that’s the prediction of the weather in the near future. If the forecast says the sun will be shining brightly, with clear skies (no clouds in the sky) and high temperatures, then it’s a good day to go to the…

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  • Travel Collocation

    Collocation about Travel Last week I had the worst business trip I’ve ever taken. Normally a travel agency takes care of booking my flight (buying a plane ticket) and making my hotel reservation, but this time I decided make the travel arrangements Big mistake! First of all, the plane was…

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