A ‘framework‘ is a structure for supporting something. Surprisingly it is quite an old word in English and was first recorded over 350 years ago. The meaning has not changed.
- In an academic essay your thesis statement and topic sentences form the framework for the presentation of your arguments.
- Although I can see that the punishment is quite severe, we have to act within the current legal framework.
- The framework for our new house is up. The building should be finished by the end of the year.
Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
can’t emphasise enough, place emphasis on, emphatically deny
exclusion zone, exclusive deal, exclude from
framework of, framework for
funding committee, funds for, collect funds
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 below with the correct word and the correct form of the word.
- Some hotels have _______________ deals for members. (exclude, emphasis)
- Please _______________ that you don’t being your phone into the exam room. (exclude, ensure)
- To build an online course, you need a well constructed _______________ of activities.(framework, exclude)
- Climate change research and measures seem to be _______________ in some countries. (framework, underfunded)
- I can’t ___________,___ enough the need for you to have a strong vocabulary. (emphasis, fund)
Answers (in the wrong order below)
4. underfunded 1. exclusive 2. ensure 5. emphasise 3. framework