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Improve Your Vocabulary in IELTS Speaking & Writing – Key Word: Thing

Key Word: thing

1          Verb + thing

Use the correct form of these verbs:

make               need               pack                wash up

  • We’ll have to stop at the supermarket. We _____________ a few basic things like bread and milk.
  • My dad’s a sculptor. He _____________ things out of wood he finds on the beach.
  • Peter, you haven’t _____________ the breakfast things yet. Do them before you go to school, please.
  •  _____________  your things. We’re leaving in 10 minutes.
  • accept              look at             make               think                turn out

  • He’s not sure what he’s going to do, so he’s taken a few days off to _____________ things over.
  • You should try to change the situation rather than _____________ things as they are.
  • I don’t know if things are going to work out between John and me. => Don’t worry. I’m sure things will_____________ OK.
  • You’re only _____________ things worse by ignoring her. I think you two need to talk things over.
  • Try to _____________ things from my point of view for a change.
  • 2          Do + thing

    Match the halves of these situations:

  • I’ll be late home tonight.
  • Philip is definitely different!
  • The phone never stops ringing!
  • I’m sorry I’ve got to get on with some work.
  • I know people who cheat in exams.
  • a          That’s why it’s impossible to get things done.

    b          I’d never do a thing like that.

    c          Yes, he does have a funny way of doing things.

    d          I’ve got loads of things to do at work.

    e          I’ve got better things to do than stand chatting!

  • I can’t get the video to work.
  • I rang and told him what I thought of him!
  • I wish I had listened to you!
  • The Minister’s resigned!
  • He asked me how much I earned.
  • f           It’s just not the done thing to ask that.

    g          Good. It was the proper thing to do.

    h          Yes, it was a foolish thing to do.

    i           I would have done the same thing myself.

    j           I’ve done all the right things! I think it’s broken.

    3          Verb + not + thing

    Use the correct form of these verbs:

    do                    eat                   miss                 say                   see

  • I’m sorry, I can’t ___________ a thing without my specs. Could you read the menu out to me?
  • I’m going to the party as early as I can. I don’t want to ___________ a thing.
  • They have cheated you out of your money, but I’m afraid you can’t ___________  a thing about it.
  • I’m absolutely starving. I haven’t ___________ a thing all day.
  • I heard that Frank is losing his job. I haven’t ___________ a thing about it to anyone.
  • 4          Common adjective collocations

    Use these adjectives to complete the sentences:

    bad                  funny             good

    last                   main                slightest

  • It’s a____________ thing you remembered to bring the bottle opener! I completely forgot!
  • He’s easily upset. He loses his temper at the ____________ little thing.
  • Too much exercise can be a ____________ thing. You can easily damage your body.
  • The____________ thing in this type of situation is to remain calm.
  • A ____________ thing happened to me on the way to work this morning.
  • I only want to help you. The____________ thing I want to do is to make you unhappy.


    1. Note the following common expressions:

    Try not to let things get you down. Remember the saying, ‘Things can only get better!’

    She offered to help me, but I assured her that I had things under control.

    I demanded a meeting with the manager to get a few things straight.

    2. Notice this expression:

    Books may one day become a thing of the past

    3. This expression is used when you make a mistake socially:

    Oh, sorry, I’ve just said the wrong thing, haven’t I?



    Ex 1:

    l need              2. makes          3. washed up   4. Pack            5. think

    6 accept           7. turn out       8. making        9. look at

    Ex 2: l-d          2-c       3-a       4-e       5-b       6-j        7-i        8-h       9-g       10-f

    Ex 3: l. see       2. miss             3. do    4. eaten            5. said

    Ex 4: l. good   2. slightest       3. bad 4. main            5. funny           6. last