The word ‘correspond‘ first appeared in English around 1600. It originally meant ‘together’ (cor) and ‘answer’ (respond). Today it has two meanings related to those original meanings. It means ‘to communicate with someone by writing’ and it means to be like or to be matched to something similar.


  • She used to correspond with her family by email once or twice a week, but now they use SKYPE instead and chat once a week.
  • An IELTS grade of 6 or 6.5 is usually enough for undergraduate study and it corresponds roughly to B2 on the Common European Framework (CEFR).

Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
convene at, reconvene at
coordinated plan, coordinate with
core principles, core skills
corporate takeover
correspond to, correspond with

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 (

IELTS vocabulary 27

Complete the sentences below with the correct word and the correct form of the word.

  1. Many people believe that large _______________ are also large tax avoiders. (correspond, corporate)
  2. The morning session has been quite long; the meeting will ______________ after lunch at 2:30. (convene, corporate)
  3. When you translate from one language to another, sometimes there isn’t a direct _______________ between the words and meanings. (core, correspond)
  4. Children below about 10 years of age are often quite _______________ ; they have trouble with fine motor skills. (convene, coordinate)
  5. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are _______________ literacy skills. (core, coordinate)

Answers (in the wrong order below)
3. correspondence   5. core    4. uncoordinated    2. reconvene    1. corporations

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