Don’t be scared of new vocabulary. Don’t see it as the enemy. Embrace it; it will help to improve your communication. Even students at an Upper Intermediate and Advanced level of English should continue to develop their vocabulary.
When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
going overseas, overseas travel, take precedence over, presumption of, presumed guilty, presumptuous behavior, rational thought, irrational behavior, think rationally
Check the meanings of the words if you don’t already know them. Check the meanings of the various forms as sometimes they are different. You can check them at Time4english by clicking the words (http://www.time4english.com/aamain/lounge/awl.asp).
Complete the sentences. Choose the correct word and then use the correct form of the word.
- In the British legal system there is always the ______________ of innocence. (presume, overseas)
- Both issues are important, but finding a replacement for Steve must take ______________ buying a new printer. (nevertheless, precede)
- Some people argue that science and maths are unimportant. I believe that it is _______________ as they make such an important contribution to the world. (presume, rational)
- She already had over 40 pairs of shoes, but _______________ she bought more. (nevertheless, precede)
- When travelling ______________ always bring your passport. (rational, overseas)
Answers (in the wrong order)
5. overseas 3. irrational 2. precedence 1. presumption 4. nevertheless