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As you study the vocabulary you need for FCE, you will soon realise that it’s not enough to study single words. It’s important to know how words combine with others to form partnerships, or collocations. This will help you to produce language of the level required to do well in the examination. Collocations are important in every part of the examination, but your knowledge of them is especially tested in Paper 3 (Use of English). In Part 2 of this paper you have to use one word to fill in a blank, for example: Jimmy made his way to the station exit. This was the first time he had been to London (10) his own and he was feeling a bit scared. In this exercise you have to think of the word yourself. In Part 1, however, you are given a choice: B for C on D in
Verb + preposition A
Complete each sentence with the correct form of one of the verbs below and the preposition from or on. Use each verb once only. borrow concentrate congratulate decide depend differ economise escape insist operate prevent recover rely resign retire suffer
1 She a higher salary. 2 He might come. It will 3 You must 4 He got very annoyed and 5 The surgeon 6 I decided to good pension. 7 It will take her weeks to at work for some time. 8 We had security men on the door to the party. 9 I’ve sent her a card to
her job after she was offered another with more responsibility and how he feels. the road when you’re driving! seeing the manager. her immediately and saved her life. my job early even though it meant I wouldn’t get such a such a major operation so she won’t be back unwanted guests her passing her test. it the first one I showed you. my parents. getting into
10 The bank wouldn’t lend me the money so I had to 11 This design 12 I slightly
backache so I have to go to a physiotherapist once a week. the new colour scheme for the the prison by bribing a guard. Frances to keep you up to date with all the latest gossip. food and other necessities.
13 After weeks of discussion they’ve finally staff canteen. 14 They managed to 15 You can 16 With less money coming, we’ll have to
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B Now put the correct preposition in each group of collocations.
borrow (a book)
the library my parents a friend of his
good service seeing her punctuality
your work driving what I’m doing
his results her success winning
doing something leaving cheating
a colour scheme which to choose the (blue) one
a cold a serious illness a nasty shock
The correct answer is C because the expression is on his own. As you read through that extract, did you notice another useful collocation, made his way? Collocations are also important in part 3 of the Use of English paper. You complete a sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence you are given, for example: There must always be somebody with her. own She should not be left at any time. The answer is on her own. Being aware of these partnerships will enable you to build up your vocabulary so that you can use it when you take your exam.
imports how I feel if I have time
every employee you the bus service
the others what I expected what I wanted
the committee his job
fuel electricity food
work at 65
prison this routine the crowd
a headache toothache a bad cold
Notice when you need an -ing form of the verb. This is important in the exam.
Adjective + preposition A
Complete each sentence with an adjective from the list on the left and a preposition from the list on the right. You must use each adjective once only but you can use each preposition more than once. at for of on to
accustomed afraid ashamed aware
capable dependent famous full
good jealous proud ready
relevant responsible sensitive typical
1 She was 2 The waste paper bin was 3 This computer is 4 The town is especially 5 I felt very
her friend because she had a better dress. crumpled sheets of paper. producing sophisticated graphics. its elegant architecture. making such a stupid mistake. the grand opening. maths.
6 After weeks of preparation the hall is nearly 7 Could you add this up for me? I’m not very 8 Who is 9 She was so about it. 10 It took some time to get frantic atmosphere of the town. 11 We try to eat food which is 12 Are you writing those words on the wall?
her nephew’s achievement that she couldn’t stop talking the slower pace of life in the country after the the region in which we are travelling. any reason why he should be late? coal as their main our discussion so can we get back to the main point the dark. criticism and sulks for days.
13 They built nuclear power stations so as not to be source of energy. 14 This is not really of the meeting? 15 He sleeps with the light on because he’s 16 Be careful what you say to Scott. He’s very
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B Complete each group of collocations with the correct preposition.
peace and quiet getting up late so much noise
her job adding up English
the dark making a mistake saying something silly
what other people do her rich friends his English!
yourself what I’ve done doing a thing like that
her grandson his work what he’s done
a strange smell people staring looking rather untidy
anything bed the next question
high speeds working fast anything!
the argument our discussion the problem
imports how he feels what happens
the equipment making a mess France and Italy
its museums making pottery his paintings
that detergent any movement criticism
pride fun dark blue liquid
the region the way he acts people who …
Test yourself from time to time by covering the words that follow each adjective. How many collocations can you remember?
driving than he is.2 Paper 3 Adjective + preposition B A Complete each sentence with an adjective from the list on the left and a preposition from the list on the right. 4 They won’t be of their friends! 5 I must hurry or I’ll be 6 She’s never been very she doesn’t turn up. 13 She wouldn’t tell her father because she was lost his temper. strangers so they kept following us around and watching her because she has to do all the work while the others go just a small party! They’ll want to invite every single one work. money at the moment so could you pay? this job. 8 . We wanted someone with more experience. the environment because they kill beneficial insects.2. 3 I feel really out and enjoy themselves. what happened yesterday except that it was later what he might do if he remembering names! hearing the same old excuses. going to meetings so I wouldn’t be surprised if robbing the bank. at absent better guilty harmful keen late opposed satisfied short similar sorry suitable suspicious terrible terrified tired for from of on to with 1 Because of the flu epidemic many staff were 2 They were what we were doing. 7 The jury found him 8 We’re totally 9 She’s much 10 I’m a bit 11 She’s not really 12 This incident is very on in the day. the road-widening scheme and will fight it all the way. You must use each adjective once only but you can use each preposition more than once. 14 I can recognise faces but I’m 15 He got 16 Some chemicals are work. day after day.
1 absent school work the meeting 9 short money breath time 2 better sport than me explaining things maths 10 similar my dress what I saw the one I’ve got 3 guilty wasting time murder not listening 11 sorry yourself what I said being late 4 harmful people with asthma certain insects the environment 12 suitable handicapped people children the time of year 5 keen football making models fashion 13 suspicious strangers everything he says people who ask questions 6 late the meeting work school 14 terrified missing the train what he’ll do being alone 7 opposed this scheme paying so much wasting more money 15 terrible maths spelling remembering names 8 satisfied the result what I’ve done how things went 16 tired this weather eating this stuff waiting Test yourself from time to time by covering the words that follow each adjective.Revise & Organise B Complete each group of collocations with the correct preposition. How many collocations can you remember? 9 .
the road when you’re driving! seeing the manager. it the first one I showed you. Use each verb once only. 14 They managed to 15 You can 16 With less money coming. food and other necessities. 9 I’ve sent her a card to her job after she was offered another with more responsibility and how he feels. my job early even though it meant I wouldn’t get such a such a major operation so she won’t be back unwanted guests her passing her test. Frances to keep you up to date with all the latest gossip. 8 We had security men on the door to the party. my parents. getting into 10 The bank wouldn’t lend me the money so I had to 11 This design 12 I slightly backache so I have to go to a physiotherapist once a week. It will 3 You must 4 He got very annoyed and 5 The surgeon 6 I decided to good pension. 2 He might come. 7 It will take her weeks to at work for some time. her immediately and saved her life. borrow concentrate congratulate decide depend differ economise escape insist operate prevent recover rely resign retire suffer 1 She a higher salary.2. the new colour scheme for the the prison by bribing a guard. 13 After weeks of discussion they’ve finally staff canteen. we’ll have to 10 .3 Paper 3 Verb + preposition A A Complete each sentence with the correct form of one of the verbs below and the preposition from or on.
Revise & Organise B Now put the correct preposition in each group of collocations. This is important in the exam. 11 . 1 borrow (a book) the library my parents a friend of his 9 insist good service seeing her punctuality 2 concentrate your work driving what I’m doing 10 operate a patient 3 congratulate his results her success winning 11 prevent doing something leaving cheating 4 decide a colour scheme which to choose the (blue) one 12 recover a cold a serious illness a nasty shock 5 depend imports how I feel if I have time 13 rely every employee you the bus service 6 differ the others what I expected what I wanted 14 resign the committee his job 7 economise fuel electricity food 15 retire work at 65 8 escape prison this routine the crowd 16 suffer a headache toothache a bad cold Notice when you need an -ing form of the verb.
you your help. 13 I don’t think I’ll ever people. me the wonderful holiday tropical medicine. in or to. ghosts until I stayed at a mysterious old house in all the trouble he had caused and asking her to him the mix-up.2. Use each verb once only.4 Paper 3 Verb + preposition B A Complete each sentence with the correct form of one of the verbs below and the preposition of. 3 After taking a general course she decided to 4 After trying for an hour I finally 5 Where will I find the money to 6 That coat 7 Some guests have not surprised they’re annoyed! 8 Army helicopters were brought in to help 9 I had never the country. for. I couldn’t have managed without you. 14 The policeman he had been somewhere else. I’m the missing children. 12 . 11 He’s the person in charge. 10 He wrote a letter forgive him. accuse apologise approve believe belong blame consist forgive hope object pay remind search specialise succeed thank 1 The test I took 2 I’ve kept the luggage label as a souvenir to we had. a new suit? Andrew and this is Ricky’s. I two written papers and an interview. having to pay extra to use the swimming pool. but he said he could prove 12 From the way she spoke you could tell that she didn’t for the wedding. 15 Let’s 16 I’d just like to him her the best. the arrangements making me look such a fool in front of all those breaking into the house. You never know – the weather might clear up. starting the car.
1 accuse murder breaking in not caring 9 hope the best a good result better luck next time! 2 apologise my mistake being late forgetting 10 object the by-pass paying extra using my phone 3 approve all-night TV his friends smoking 11 pay the meal having my car fixed wasting so much time 4 believe healthy exercise eating well ghosts 12 remind my holiday the time we … something 5 belong my dog a friend of mine everyone 13 search the solution the missing children somewhere to stay 6 blame the disaster what happened getting angry 14 specialise fast food commercial French selling furniture 7 consist two parts three sections five papers 15 succeed my attempts to … meeting her passing my exam 8 forgive what he did leaving me not asking 16 thank the present your help coming Cover the verb and see whether you can remember it by just looking at the preposition.Revise & Organise B Now put the correct preposition in each group of collocations. 13 . Pay careful attention to the expressions which are followed by the -ing form of the verb.
2. great exception a stop 14 My new supervisor was so bossy that I Look back at the exercise and underline the complete word partnership in each sentence (for example. catch sight of someone). the washing while I’m out? such a fuss her nephew! You can see he really hates it! no notice him! He’s just showing off! pressure sight all this arguing. 2 Was anybody 3 Could you 4 She 5 I’ve 6 Could you 7 I wish she wouldn’t 8 advantage attention care charge count an eye her father’s good mood and asked if her boyfriend could what she was saying? our dog while we’re on holiday? the project when Mr East was away. 10 While I was watching the match. tax that money you earned. You may use each verb or preposition more than once. the number of times he’s said that. 11 We must 12 Don’t forget you’ll have to rich as you thought you were! 13 Bill the rest of the day. I the crowd. 14 . so you’re not as Mary’s remark and didn’t speak to her for an instant dislike him her to sign the agreement them standing at the back of 9 The salesman started to straightaway.5 Paper 3 Verb + noun + preposition A A In this exercise you must complete each sentence with a suitable verb and preposition from the lists below. Make sure you use the correct form of the verb! catch keep lose make pay put take of on to 1 She stay for dinner.
kiss. Can you remember which partnership belongs to each definition? 15 . PHrASE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 of of of of of of of of on on on on on to to to to to MEANINg benefit while you can look after be in control not remember how many hug. ignore understand see suddenly watch.Revise & Organise B Complete the first column with partnerships from the exercise on page 14 or these four expressions: make sense play a trick set fire take pity Space has been left for you to add your own partnerships. check now and again feel very sorry for try to persuade give money to the government! deceive listen carefully start something burning not allow to continue immediately dislike be very upset about Test yourself later by covering the phrases on the left in the first column and looking at the definitions on the right. give presents etc.
There are a lot of word partnerships that include the verbs make and take. forgetting 13 The cars pulled over to the side of the road to 14 I took her to an expensive restaurant to her birthday. 6 I watched a comedy programme to try and happened. 5 For the first few months he house.2. her illness. 16 . This means that there could be a question in Paper 3 (Use of English) with an expression using either of these two words. way amends the ambulance. for 1 He’s very shy so it’s not easy to 2 I’ve still got to 3 He refused to effort. 7 Why should I 8 We’ve moved the wardrobe to 9 We don’t 10 She’s agreed to 11 I finally 12 She’s contact a remarkable recovery a charge part the blame from in friends all the arrangements all the credit off him. the success and said that it had been a team our plans to bring live music showing people around his new my mind the mix-up? room an extra bed. the party next weekend.6 Paper 3 Verb + noun + preposition B A Complete each sentence with the correct form of make or take and one of the prepositions below. Underline the complete word partnership in each sentence above. what had with an active interest great pride repairs if the item is still under guarantee. You may use each preposition more than once. 4 Many local people have back to the town. him at his New York office. next month’s show.
making the party a success. presenting her with her prize. a competition. an extra person at the table. a serious illness. for.Revise & Organise B Below you will see a list of word partnerships with make and take. the party next week. in. Supply the missing preposition in each case. showing the model you’ve made. 1 You make amends 2 You make an application 3 You make arrangements 4 You make a charge 5 You make contact 6 You make friends 7 You make a recovery 8 You make room 9 You make way 10 You take the blame 11 You take the credit 12 You take an interest 13 You take a look 14 You take your mind 15 You take part 16 You take great pleasure 17 You take pride the trouble you caused. Choose from at. other members of the class. what went wrong. the project. repairing the broken door. off and with. Most are from the exercise opposite but some more have been added. Space has been left for you to add any more partnerships that you find. some important papers. a job as a secretary. a customer by email. someone in a hurry. what happened. from. 17 .
a burns b fades c gathers d itches e lands f leaks g plays h recovers i sails j skids 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3 a carton of milk 4 a colour 5 a crowd 6 a fire 7 a nose 8 a patient 9 a plane 10 a ship Now write sentences using the partnerships you have made. Write your answers in the boxes provided.2. Can you think of any more verbs that can follow the nouns above? 18 . Use each word once only.7 Paper 3 Noun + verb A Match each noun on the left with a verb on the right. Exercise 1 1 an accident 2 a dog 3 a heart 4 snow 5 the sun 6 a sweater 7 a team 8 a telephone 9 time 10 water a barks b beats c boils d falls e fits f happens g loses h passes i rings j shines 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Exercise 2 1 a band 2 a car Now do the same with these words.
look at the opposite page. Put another verb with each noun.) a band a car a colour a crowd a dog a fire a heart a nose a plane a ship snow the sun a sweater a team time water 1 rises sets grows cheers drifts melts floats sinks crashes flies pounds breaks! stretches shrinks spreads glows 9 crashes starts practises wins freezes flows growls bites performs rehearses clashes matches bleeds runs flies drags 2 10 3 11 4 12 5 13 6 14 7 15 8 16 19 . (For help.Revise & Organise B Put each of the following nouns once only in a suitable partnership.
Some verbs can be followed by more than one noun but you must use each word once only. Write your answers in the boxes provided.2. 20 .8 Paper 3 Verb + noun A Match each verb on the left with a noun on the right. a evidence b an example c fun d home e a mistake f a seat g the truth h the washing-up i watch j the way 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Now write sentences using the partnerships you have made. Exercise 1 1 catch 2 change 3 do 4 give 5 have 6 hold 7 mind 8 move 9 take 10 turn a breakfast b your breath c your own business d a corner e (me) a favour f fire g house h your mind i permission j place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Exercise 2 1 do 2 give 3 have 4 keep 5 lead 6 leave 7 make 8 set 9 take 10 tell Now do the same with these words.
This will help you to remember what they mean and how they are used..) catch change do give have hold keep lead leave make set take tell turn 1 the page the handle a meeting my hand your time her temperature a message a space advice an interview a headache a shower progress a noise 8 a bus a cold your homework the ironing lies a story a light bulb trains a secret a diary some homework the alarm a quiet life the world in . (For help.. 21 . Put another noun with each verb. Write a sentence for each of the expressions. 2 9 3 10 4 11 5 12 6 13 7 14 The four verbs give. look at the opposite page.Revise & Organise B Put each of the following verbs once only in a suitable partnership. have. make and take form many partnerships so it is worth noting down any new expressions you meet.
I 12 We were supposed to happened. they want to SHORTEN it. 13 He thought he was 14 Their forwards were 15 The crisis hasn’t the mechanism but in fact he was LOOSENING it.2. Choose from the list of verbs below. In fact. the target. when. his head if he agreed and SHOOK it if he didn’t. the bus this morning so I’ll get there early tomorrow to make sure I CATCH it. 16 I would prefer to LEND money rather than 22 . the goal so almost the whole team raced back to DEFEND it. You have to fill each blank with the antonym (opposite) of that verb. . accept attack borrow catch deny fail forget hide hit keep lengthen lower miss nod tighten weaken 1 He refused to CONFIRM or 2 I 3 He the report. her promise after she’s BROKEN so many others? my offer after all the others had REJECTED it. Use each verb once only and make sure you use the correct form of the verb. All the others MISSED. whatever 11 The first time I took my driving test. our feelings and not SHOW any emotion. it.9 Paper 3 Verb + noun (antonyms) A In this exercise you will see sentences which include a verb in capital letters. I only PASSED at the fourth attempt. 4 They’ve RAISED a few prices and 5 Do you really expect her to 6 He was the only one who 7 I’ll THROW the ball and you can 8 Only one bullet 9 I can REMEMBER where it was I met her but I’ve 10 Rather than the lunch break. some others. but STRENGTHENED it instead. it. her resolve.
Use the verbs below for the new partnerships (as well as the words on page 22).Revise & Organise B Put an antonym in each blank. 1 accept 2 attack 3 break 4 catch 5 confirm 6 fail 7 gain 8 leave 9 lend 10 miss 11 nod 12 raise 13 remember 14 shorten 15 show 16 simplify 17 throw 18 tighten 19 waste 20 weaken an offer a proposal a promise a bus a statement a test confidence a building money the target your head prices a name a skirt your feelings matters a ball your grip time an argument 23 . complicate enter lose save Space has been left for you to add more examples of your own.
2. compared to those SEVERE storms 24 . leaving behind the 16 The weather this year has been extremely of last year. artificial busy calm dark emotional exact flexible gentle light low mild rapid shallow stale superior worthless 1 The scarf looked black in dark blue. 2 I started swimming at the 3 I want the light. 13 What had started out as a 14 One daughter had very quickly so we buy it FRESH every day. trinkets. Use an adjective from the list below. in NATURAL light. I can see it’s really end but I soon felt brave enough to go to the DEEP end. but later it became very SLOW as we met some unforeseen breeze soon became a very STRONG wind. Use each adjective once only. hair while the other had FAIR hair. tide. 15 The burglar took only the VALUABLE jewellery. which made me feel very INFERIOR. the sea was 6 He gave me a 7 I always eat a bad for you. 8 He got very 9 We’ll go swimming when it’s 10 Why does he have such a RIGID attitude? If he were more to some kind of agreement. figures. smile. The beach is completely covered at HIGH tide. I’m sure we could come 4 Most days are QUIET but some can be very 5 When we sailed. not APPROXIMATE ones! . 11 The bread in this country goes 12 At first. progress was difficulties. but here. . but it soon got very ROUGH.10 Paper 3 Adjective + noun (antonyms) A Complete each sentence with an adjective which is opposite in meaning to the adjective in capital letters. but she stayed CALM. lunch because my personal trainer says that HEAVY meals are when he heard the news.
Revise & Organise B Put an antonym in each blank. 1 artificial 2 calm 3 calm 4 dark 5 deep 6 exact 7 flexible 8 good 9 high 10 light 11 mild 12 quiet 13 rapid 14 rough 15 slight 16 stale 17 strong 18 strong 19 superior 20 valuable light sea response skin water time policy health opinion meal winter day progress surface change food taste wind quality painting 25 . Use these adjectives for the new partnerships: considerable poor severe smooth Space has been left for you to add more examples of your own.
heavily completely highly vitally insanely terribly bitterly conveniently disappointed exhausted important jealous located profitable sorry armed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 B I’m but I’m afraid I’ve broken one of your cups. before you go on holiday as hospital bills can be very high. and soon Sandra became a millionaire. a short walk from the city centre. Complete the sentences using the collocations you have found. surrounded by a group of Now do the same with these collocations. for the help you gave me when I was trying to pass my exam. Rex was The house is We’d been looking forward to the trip and were I must see the boss before he leaves this evening. we were at the news of his death. Use each item once only. when it was called off. of Kim’s previous boyfriends and was always asking about them. . It’s Bill’s been working hard all day so he’s The business was The President arrived. eternally fully perfectly unbelievably totally deeply widely keenly grateful insured interested shocked available 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 clear stupid unacceptable I left the window open and somebody got in and stole my handbag. 26 .11 Paper 3 Adverb + adjective A Match each adverb with one of the adjectives given.2. in it Sam first went to a football match at the age of five and has been since then. ! . How could I have been so ! The manager said his behaviour was This product is and fired him immediately. Jean’s father made it Make sure you’re I will be Words can’t express how that he disapproved of her latest boyfriend. so you should have no difficulty buying it. soldiers.
Use each adverb once only. deeply fully heavily highly perfectly seriously strictly thoroughly totally widely 1 different frank committed (to) unacceptable opposed (to) confidential limited forbidden necessary true automatic aware justified insured comprehensive clear happy understandable safe reasonable built guarded armed dependent (on) influenced (by) 6 infectious probable skilled profitable critical miserable professional ashamed spoilt unpleasant ill wrong worried injured weakened disappointed impressed suspicious shocked religious differing accepted known available respected 2 7 3 8 4 9 5 10 Use this space to add more examples of adverb + adjective partnerships.Revise & Organise C Look at each group of adjectives and. 27 . choose an adverb to go in front of them. from the list below.
Complete the sentences using the collocations you have found. it’s essential to When I asked what was wrong. all your gear and continued reading his paper. Brian I my boss’s reaction. when the bad Sales of ice creams rose steadily during the summer and then weather started. I It was such a terrible accident that it’s doubtful that she’ll Now and see if you can discover how the trick is done. Use the verb in the correct tense. the children 28 . grasp check work sigh fall forget resemble misjudge completely deeply firmly hard seriously her mother. There were empty bottles everywhere. about the service at the hotel. he threatened to fire me! B Now do the same with these collocations.2. Instead of being pleased. sharply thoroughly closely 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 I recognised Jane immediately as she If you enough. Before starting a climb. . I’m sure you’ll pass your exam. so I wasn’t able to catch everything he said. scream speak watch drink fail complain recover recommend clearly closely fully heavily hysterically miserably strongly bitterly 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 After Jen left him. I tried to convince my brother to lend me his car but. . The concert is bound to be popular so I would He didn’t very buying your tickets as soon as possible. and ran away in panic. When they saw the snake. Oh no! I Lynette about our wedding anniversary! My wife will kill me! her daughter by the hand and crossed the road. Ed began to At the end of their holiday they . unfortunately.12 Paper 3 Adverb + verb A Match each verb with one of the adverbs given. from it. Use each item once only.
1 actively badly distinctly freely sincerely admit encourage hope need remember 2 conclusively faithfully favourably fundamentally steadily compare differ grow promise prove 29 . Use each adverb once only. clearly 1 closely deeply approve condemn encourage recommend 2 harm underestimate think misjudge 3 understand explain appreciate recover 4 try squeeze think work 5 declare control reply grasp 10 9 8 7 firmly fully hard heavily 6 seriously strongly thoroughly breathe think feel sigh bleed rain borrow drink discuss inspect revise check see remember understand speak supervise question listen watch D Put each of the adverbs with a suitable verb in the list. Space has been left for you to add other examples of adverb + verb partnerships.Revise & Organise C Put one of the following adverbs with each group of verbs. Use each adverb once only.
Use each phrase once only. 14 Dad seems to be 15 If you kept your files so would you like to sit down and wait for him? by the way they walked along hand in hand and kept and I didn’t catch everything that so why not ask him if you can borrow the car? . and even after he’d finished. in common in the end in a good mood in ink in love in a moment in order in pain in the past in pieces in public in silence in tears in time in a whisper 1 I found her 2 He wasn’t too happy at first but after her boyfriend had walked out on her. on the floor. so I tried to cheer her up. 30 . but in spite of this he’s still going out with her. you would be able to find information much more easily. I found a vase lying 11 He should be back 12 You could tell they were gazing into each other’s eyes. otherwise you’ll be in so the vet gave him an injection in order to stop it hurting . not in pencil. 10 In addition to the broken mirror. we managed to persuade him. before today. 5 They listened to him spoke. it was some time before anyone families used to stay together but nowadays they often live in different parts of the 3 In the exam you must write your answers trouble! 4 The dog was obviously so much.2. . 7 If we hurry we might get to the station 8 She looks confident but in fact she’s never sung 9 They have so little .13 Paper 3 Phrases with IN A Complete each sentence with one of the phrases below. Underline all the expressions with in and notice how they are used in the sentences. 13 So as not to disturb anyone we had to speak Clare said. 6 country.
We found it 19 Nobody spoke. He’ll be here 12 Keep your papers tidy. They all listened 20 She was crying her eyes out. She’s obviously 10 You need a pen. 31 . I spoke 4 That was a mistake. . . 1 We don’t share any interests. This dress is 6 He’s really cheerful. . . Keep them 13 That’s what happens nowadays. We arrived 8 Slow down! You’re always 9 ‘Keen on’ is not strong enough. Test yourself later and revise before the exam by covering the column on the right and checking how many expressions you can remember. Your answers must be 11 He won’t be long. I did it 3 I didn’t want the others to hear. It was different 14 It must hurt a lot. . . . It was sent to you 5 This is what everyone is wearing. I wonder what’s put him 7 We got there before the train left. . . . Use phrases from page 30 as well as the following choices: error fashion a hurry particular practice Space has been left for you to add your own examples. . .Revise & Organise B Complete the column on the right to make phrases with in. . . We have nothing 2 It was difficult but I finally did it. . . . . . I found her in in in in in in in in in in in in in in in in in in in in . You can see she’s 15 I like pop music in general and rock music 16 She says one thing in private and another 17 It works in theory but I’m not sure it’ll work 18 The vase had been smashed.
it arrives about five minutes late. He’s not really concentrating on after the car ran out of petrol. On average. at the moment. Use each phrase once only. Once again. visiting one of our agents. he could have something what he’s doing. 13 Jake was to the office when the accident occurred. . There are flames everywhere. at the main entrance so I took a photo of him in his uniform. 8 We had to complete the journey 9 There was a soldier 10 I was listening to some music with a hundred passengers on board.2. but he wanted to prove he could do it. . and unfortunately 7 On the other hand.14 Paper 3 Phrases with ON A Complete each sentence with one of the phrases below. on business on a diet on fire on foot on guard on the increase on his mind on his own on the phone on the radio on sale on strike on time on his way 1 Her latest hit is 2 He prepared the whole meal 3 She spends hours 4 I’ve never known this bus to arrive 5 The staff threatened to go 6 It looks as if the whole building is in all good record shops. . when there was a news flash about a plane crashing . you see how important word partnerships are. 14 It looks tempting but I won’t have any dessert. 32 . I’m supposed to be Notice all the expressions with on. if the management did not meet their demands. . especially in urban areas. talking to all her friends. – I offered to help. 11 The latest figures show that crime is 12 Ms Swanson is away her secretary is away on holiday.
There’s something 7 The hall was well protected. . . 33 . He lives 11 More people are being attacked. . I wouldn’t do it 14 He’s always ringing somebody up. . I heard it on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on .Revise & Organise B Complete the column on the right with phrases with on. . There were soldiers 8 She’s going to walk. . . He’s 20 They broadcast his speech. He’s always 15 They took her to court. 1 The trip is to do with my job. . . . .30 as expected. He’s 5 I can see flames. It’s out 3 He doesn’t need any help. Use phrases from page 32 as well as the following choices: the coast credit loan principle purpose trial Space has been left for you to add your own examples. They all went 17 You can still buy it. . . . I’ll be away 2 Somebody’s borrowed the book. The building must be 6 He’s thinking about something. They put her 16 They stopped work in protest. She’s buying it 10 His house is by the sea. It came 19 He’s left home. Violence is 12 That was no accident! She did that 13 I believe it’s morally wrong. It’s still 18 The train arrived at 7. She’s getting there 9 She’s got two years to pay. He can do it 4 He has to be careful what he eats. . He’ll be here shortly. . . . .
12 It is essential to put all medicines to them. Use each phrase once only. in the fresh air. out of breath out of control out of date out of doors out of luck out of her mind out of necessity out of order out of practice out of the question out of reach out of sight out of tune out of work 1 The lift was 2 I watched them until they went 3 It only takes one person to sing 4 This catalogue is 5 He says he’s 6 She’s been 7 I’m afraid you’re so we had to use the stairs. but I don’t think he was ever any good at tennis! for over a year now and she’s almost given up hope of ever finding a job. and crashed into the wall.15 Paper 3 Phrases with OUT OF A Complete each sentence with one of the phrases below. ! I sold the last copy five minutes ago. ! I can’t possibly lend you any more! just climbing the stairs! You really must do some exercises to get fit. rather than in here watching television. She must be that money! 14 We had no choice and took a plane 34 . behind a hedge. We wouldn’t have arrived on time otherwise. and the whole performance is ruined. 13 Wendy’s crazy. on a high shelf so that small children can’t get to think that she can get away with stealing all . 8 The steering wouldn’t work and the tractor went 9 Those children should be 10 It’s 11 You get .2. so the information about prices is no longer correct.
. . . . . I’m sure somebody was 19 I can’t see her. It’s 11 With all this unemployment. She’s 20 I haven’t played tennis for ages. . That news is 3 I’ve repaid the money I owe so I’m finally 4 People wore that last year. They’re 15 We can’t possibly go! It’s 16 She wasn’t tall enough to get it. . We did it 13 She’s crazy! She must be 14 You won’t find cherries now. . . It was 6 We were safe. . . . It’s 18 The singing was awful. 35 . We were 7 Don’t stay inside all day. This year it’s 5 I couldn’t steer the car properly. lots of people are 12 It was the only thing we could do. It was 17 The book isn’t available any more. It’s 10 The lift doesn’t work. How unfortunate! You’re 9 It doesn’t belong there. After any kind of effort I get 2 That’s old news. I’m out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of out of . . . 1 I’m so unfit. . . .Revise & Organise B Complete the column on the right with phrases with out of from the exercise on page 34. or by using the following words: danger debt fashion place print season Space has been left for you to add your own examples. Spend some time 8 There isn’t any left. . .
had to deal with the customer. He’s just eaten the entire Sue was washing herself in the shower when the The magician took the Mitch lives in that tall and dealt them out face down on the table. she’s smoked today. The manager was not available. struck the building. She should really try to cut down. bar of block of box of bunch of crowd of gust of pack of slice of bread 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 B cards flats grapes matches soap spectators wind I was walking up the hill when a William nearly used up the whole As the two teams came on the pitch. Use each item once only. I want to make some more toast. the blew my hat off. throughout the country. Now do the same with these expressions.16 Paper 3 Phrases with OF A Finish each expression with one of the nouns given and then use the expressions to complete the sentences. bunch of chain of cup of flash of gang of member of packet of set of coffee flowers instructions lightning shops staff thieves cigarettes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 I need to drink a The bank was robbed by a During the storm a That’s the third to wake myself up. opposite the station. so another When we started assembling the cupboard I couldn’t make any sense of the that came with the pieces. started to cheer loudly. trying to light the fire. armed with shotguns. so could you cut me another No wonder he doesn’t feel hungry.2. ? ! slipped out of her hands. causing considerable damage. Barry has built up the business and now owns a 36 . Pamela picked a from the garden and took them to her mother in hospital.
D 1 packet 2 jar 3 piece 4 bunch 5 set 6 block flats crisps of of of of of of flowers tools advice marmalade B 1 row 2 bouquet 3 lump 4 sheet 5 pair 6 party of of of of of of E 1 sigh 2 chest 3 pair 4 way 5 letter 6 pinch of of of of of of flowers paper sugar visitors houses trousers relief sunglasses application life salt drawers C 1 loaf 2 pair 3 tin 4 rate 5 spell 6 range of of of of of of F 1 clap 2 shower 3 point 4 piece of of of of 5 spoonful of 6 standard of soup bread exchange scissors mountains bad weather rain thunder music view living sugar 37 . complete the expressions. using the words given.Revise & Organise C A 1 pot 2 tube 3 flock 4 bar 5 herd 6 item news cows of of of of of of birds yoghurt chocolate toothpaste In each group. Use each word once only.
I hated maths but later I got quite keen on it. He can’t have done it on purpose. it can get pretty unbearable. 2 Is there anything non-alcoholic – orange juice 3 I’m sure he broke the window 4 He usually travels 5 6 She was she really is. .17 Paper 3 Prepositional phrases A Complete each phrase below with one of the following prepositions: at by accident age air control far for from first guarantee the impression instance least under without now on present sale times warning B Now use each of the phrases above once only to complete the following sentences: 1 He was that we were going out together. We usually pay much more. 10 There aren’t any vacancies 11 We expect 12 This is 13 Usually the heat doesn’t bother me but 14 A new system starts today. but there should be some in a week or two. all latecomers have to wait in the canteen until the next as we go across the fields or he’ll chase after the sheep. the cheapest holiday we’ve ever been on. as it’s much quicker.2. 200 people to turn up as there has been lots of publicity. the door burst open and she rushed in. lesson starts. 7 The television is still 8 We saw a new house 9 Suddenly. but she managed to get into the club because she looks much older than so there was no charge. 15 You must keep that dog 38 . at quite a reasonable price. Whatever gave him that idea? ? .
Revise & Organise C Put the phrases from the exercises into the appropriate list. Add one of the prepositions to the words below to make more phrases to add to your lists. 39 . all means any rate delay doubt mistake pressure the time being time to time AT BY FOr FrOM UNDEr WITHOUT Make sentences with any phrases you are not sure about so that you can understand and remember them. Space has been left for your own examples.
Sandra. I was doomed. Gradually. 40 .18 Paper 3 Collocations review Complete each of the blanks with one word only. the most terrifying day of my life was the day I met my girlfriend’s family. silence. remember to keep looking through the texts you have studied and highlight or underline any useful collocations. I was shown first it was impossible to make out of four figures standing by a table. It was five to three. By (1) Her father (2) (3) ‘young man’. There was no escape. opened the door. I took a quick (12) watch. startled to see me out of (14) I had been running. If you are using a course book to study for FCE.2. I became (19) They stared at me (20) barked an unfriendly welcome at me but any attention as he was quite friendly really. twice as fast as I went into the house. and as I did not want to be (10) for this first meeting. because the corner of the street where her house was situated. to her going out with somebody he had never met and insisted meeting me to see if he approved (4) his daughter’s I had been instructed to be there for afternoon tea at three o’clock. I was there just (13) My girlfriend. I spent hours getting (5) clothes suitable (6) to (8) for the dreaded event. The family (15) Sandra told me not to (16) I’m sure my heart was (17) into a room which was so dark that (18) who was inside. As I (11) at my time. I spent so long trying to choose the occasion that I (7) my way to my girlfriend’s house (9) the bus and had foot. I ran the last 500 metres.
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