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Using Collocation to Boost Your IELTS Score – Key Word: help

Key Word: help

1          Verb + help

Use the correct form of these verbs:

ask for             appreciate

offer                get

seek                 use

need                provide

  • Thanks for everything you’ve done for my parents. They really __________ all your help.
  • My car broke down in the city centre and I tried to push it to the side of the road. There were lots of people standing watching, and not one of them __________ any help whatsoever.
  • Do you need any help with the cooking? > No, but I could __________ some help with the washing up if you’re not too busy.
  • I wouldn’t normally __________ your help, but the fact is I’m desperate. Could I use your phone? Ours is out of order and I don’t have a mobile.
  • Look! That old lady has collapsed. Go and __________ help. There’s a policeman over there.
  • Initially he turned to his family for help in dealing with his depression, but he was eventually forced to __________ psychiatric help.
  • In the current emergency, we __________ all the help we can get.
  • The Samaritans are an organisation which __________ telephone help to people who are suicidal.
  • 2          Common adjective collocations

    Use the following adjectives in these sentences:

    extra                great                            invaluable

    financial          professional                individual

  • My mother was a __________ help to me while my wife was in hospital having our third child.
  • We received __________ help from many people while writing this book. We couldn’t have completed it without their contributions.
  • If you suffer from depression, it’s best to get __________ help. First, talk to your doctor.
  • I passed my mathematics exam, thanks to the __________ help my dad gave me in the evenings.
  • Most teachers simply don’t have the time to give some students the _____________ help they need.
  • A lot of older people do without things rather than ask for __________ help.
  • 3          Ways of asking for help

    Match the two halves of these sentences:

  • It is a well-known fact that
  • We were surprised by the number of volunteers who responded to
  • We are grateful to all those parents who answered
  • A five-year-old girl has gone missing. Her parents have made
  • a          our appeal for help with disabled children.

    b          a desperate plea to the public for help in finding her.

    c          a suicide attempt is often a cry for help.

    d          our call for help in raising funds for the school.

    4          Expressions with prepositions

    Match the two halves of the sentences:

  • The survivors of the earthquake are
  • Our confidential telephone lines are
  • These flowers are
  • It’s now three days since the disaster struck and
  • a          a token of my appreciation for all your help.

    b          in dire need of help. The government must get food and medicine to them quickly.

    c          offers of help are flowing in from all over the world.

    d          a tremendous source of help to those people who are depressed and lonely.



    1.         Note the expression ‘to manage something with the help of’:

    I managed to make myself understood with the help of my Spanish phrase book.

    2.         Note this common expression:

    The map he drew wasn’t much help. I still got lost!

    Come on! You’re not much help!

    3.         Note how we offer to help:

    Let me know if I can be of any help to you.

    Would you like some help with the washing up?

    4.         Note the more formal collocation:

    The CID enlisted the help of a graphologist, an expert on handwriting.

    5.         In the UK a ‘home help’ is somebody who helps the elderly or disabled with their housework.

    6.         A ‘helpline’ is a telephone number you can ring for advice or information.


    Also check : IELTS Vocabulary


    Ex 1:

    1 appreciate     2. offered                   3. use                4. ask for         5. get

    6 seek              7 need                         8. provides

    Ex 2:

  • great           2. invaluable    3. professional          4. extra            5. individual     6. financial
  • Ex 3:    1-c       2-a       3-d       4-b

    Ex 4:    1-b        2-d       3-a       4-c