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Level 4: Upper Intermediate >> Vocabulary Worksheets >> Students choose adverbs to go with different verbs to form natural sounding sentences. Choosing the correct words to go together is an important area of vocabulary for your students.

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Collocations - Verbs

Choose the best adverb or adverbial phrase from the table below to go with the verbs and complete the sentences.

swiftly
heartily
hard
gladly
indefinitely
cruelly
reluctantly
securely
idly
subtly
frankly
drastically


1. If you really want to give me a hand with my homework, I will _________ accept your help.

2. After explaining, point by point, the advantages of my plan over his, he _________ acknowledged that his was inferior.

3. Foreign debt is a problem which causes some countries to have to _________ cut domestic spending.

4. Coming home from a long day's work, Harold ate a large dinner _________, had a long bath and went to bed.

5. Make sure you fix that picture to the wall _________. It would be terrible if it fell and broke.

6. I didn't understand everything the manager was saying but I think he was _________ implying that there will be a pay cut next year.

7. Martin felt very embarrassed about the story and tried to move _________ onto another subject.

8. I know you will _________ mock me when I tell you this, but I thought that film was wonderful! I don't know why you all hated it so much.

9. Relations between the two leaders deteriorated to such an extent that the trade conference planned for August was postponed _________.

10. If we want to be able to afford that cruise on the Nile, we will have to save _________ between now and the end of the year.

11. It must be so hard for Anne not to have a job at the moment, but I wish she wouldn't spend her time so _________ sitting around the house.

12. It is so important that we get on well from the start if we are sharing the same room, so don't worry about talking _________ about any problems you may have.