To ‘consume’ means to use something. It can be food, power, advice, goods or a range of things. We can also be consumed by something; especially guilt.
- Consumption of electricity has reduced recently due to the increasing number of people who are producing their own power and going off the grid.
- She was consumed by guilt after she cheated on test.
Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
construction of, constructive advice
consumer of, consumption of, time-consuming
credit for, accreditation by
cultural practices, cultural norms, cultural differences
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Complete the sentences below using the correct word and the correct form of the word.
- Sugar _______________ has increased dramatically in the last 100 years. (consume, culture)
- The _______________ for the college was renewed just last year. (credit, consume)
- One ______________ of 9/11 was an increase of security worldwide. (credit, consequence)
- _______________ workers in some countries are very poorly paid. (construct, consequence)
- When you move to another country there is always a period of _______________ shock. (construct, culture)
Answers (in the wrong order below)
5. culture 3. consequence 2. accreditation 1. consumption 4. Construction