IELTS Vocabulary – Academic Word List (81)

Do you know how to identify a passive structure? Do you know how to handle the verb in a passive sentence? If not, make sure you find out. In the exercise below there are a couple of passive verbs.

When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
widespread phenomenon, recent phenomenon, cultural phenomenon
high priority, have priorities, take priority over, order of priorities
strictly prohibit, expressly prohibit
scheduled for publication, at the time of publication, recent publication, publication date, publication about
famous quote, direct quote, get a quote, a quote for

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 (

Academic Word List 81

Vocabulary for IELTS – Academic Word List 81

Complete the sentences. Choose the correct word and then use the correct form of the word.

  1. Wouldn’t it be interesting if one day ______________ manuscripts by William Shakespeare were found. (publish, prohibit)
  2. Smoking is ______________ by law in restaurants and public areas. (prohibit, phenomenon)
  3. In an academic essay of 2,500 words, it would be appropriate to have up to five _______________ . (publication, quote)
  4. There has been a _______________ increase in the number of people taking public transport recently. (priority, phenomenon)
  5. Older people should have ______________ for seats on public transport. (quote, priority)

Answers (in the wrong order)
5. priority   3. quotations / quotes   2. prohibited   1. unpublished     4. phenomenonal

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