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.

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1. He was so happy at the news that he was _________ able to contain his excitement.

2. Pressure is growing on the government to _________ control wage demands to help control inflation.

3. The most wonderful aspect of his latest novel is how he _________ depicts what life must have been like back in the Middle Ages for the ordinary person.

4. She went home on her own accord. I may have _________ encouraged her, but there was certainly no obligation.

5. Scientists are now using the latest technology to _________ gauge volcanic activity on the bottom of the sea.

6. This is a long list of names, but you need to learn them _________ before the weekend.

7. Judge Perkins became furious when the defence lawyer _________ tried to _________ mislead the witness.

8. We will have to prepare this round-the-world trip _________ if we are not to fail!

9. As the two parties set out their grievances, Margaret sat taking notes, recording _________ what every person said.

10. Even though both sets of lawyers were pressing for a trial, the neighbours decided to settle the case _________ out of court.

11. Seeing as Carol is my only child, I see no problems in spending _________ on her wedding. It has to be the most perfect day in her life!

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