Upper Intermediate Level >> Vocabulary Worksheets >> Students select from a list of adverbs or adverbial phrases to complete sentences containing verbs. Collocation is the natural positioning of certain words together.

Collocations - Verbs

Upper Intermediate

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. I know you will __CRUELLY__ 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 __INDEFINITELY__.

10. If we want to be able to afford that cruise on the Nile, we will have to save __HARD__ 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 __IDLY__ 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 __FRANKLY__ about any problems you may have.

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