Collocation: the other key to IELTS 7 (8 of 8)


  1. This can cause high concern.
  2. Parents must lose their free time to look after a baby.
  3. The government should act a role in this.
  4. Advertising stimulates people to buy goods.
  5. Cigarettes make health problems.




Answers to Collocation 7 of 8


Here are the answers to the previous collocation exercise (7 of 8). The first sentence has the wrong collocation; the second sentence has the correct one.


  1. Smokers need to refuse their addiction.

Smokers need to break/fight against/conquer their addiction.


  1. Teenagers have a greater chance to touch cigarettes.

Teenagers have a greater chance to access cigarettes.


  1. Higher prices will force smokers to stop this habit.

Higher prices will discourage smokers.


  1. If the government resorts to this strategy, …

If the government uses/implements this strategy, …


‘Resorts to’ is for bad actions – for example, ‘to resort to crime’.


  1. Smoking affects people’s health.

Smoking damages/harms people’s health.


  1. Many teenagers smoke without consciousness of the risk.

Many teenagers smoke without awareness of the risk.


  1. I wish I can get back home as soon as possible.

I hope I can get back home as soon as possible.


‘Wish’ is for unreal desires, and needs to be combined with a past form (to show a present unreality).


  • I wish I were rich [now]
  • I wish I could be better at chess.
  • I wish I didn’t have to work so hard.


‘Hope’ is for real desires, and is combined with a present form (to show present  or future desires).


  • I hope I can finish this on time.
  • I hope one day I can be a successful writer.
  • I hope this typhoon doesn’t interfere with my classes.


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