Upper Intermediate Level >> Vocabulary Worksheets >> This verb collocation exercise will help your students learn about which adverbs and adverbial phrases go with particular verbs. Collocation is a difficult, but important area of vocabulary for your students to work on.

Collocations - Verbs

Upper Intermediate

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

on impulse

1. I suggested he invest in the new company and he agreed _________ with me.

2. My mum is normally very good with money, but the other day, she saw this wonderful vase and decided to buy it _________.

3. How can you _________ claim that you deserved that promotion when you have only been here for six months?

4. I think the reasons for the government's defeat at tonight's election will be _________ debated for many years.

5. Bob _________ escaped serious injury when his car caught fire. Luckily, he wasn't wearing his seat belt and got out of the car in seconds.

6. I think I must have offended Elena at some point as she greeted me very _________ when I saw her this morning.

7. I can't hear what they are saying very _________ but I think she asked him for a divorce!

8. Did you not hear what I said or are you just _________ ignoring me?

9. Everyone jumped when, just before midnight, someone knocked _________ at the door.

10. Police today said they were shocked not only by the attack on the metro but by the fact that the other passengers in the carriage looked on _________ without trying to help.

11. We packed _________ for the trip and both of us forgot our passports!

12. The composition is good Stephen, but I feel you have quoted too _________ from the original work. You need to write more yourself.

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