SUBLIST 5, GROUP 10 (58)

Featured Word:
If something is ‘stable’ there is not much movement.  This is the adjective form of the word.
It  can be used as noun, but this has a completely different meaning; as a noun it is a house or room for horses. (Horses are often kept in stables.)


  • The patient is in a stable condition after surgery.
  • Employers are often looking for a stable work history.
  • The country has had four leaders in two years; it lacks stability.
  • The Sultan of Brunei has hundreds of magnificent horses in the stables at the Polo Club.

Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
pursue your dreams, pursuant to
ratio of, in direct ratio to, improve the ratio, have a ratio
emphatically reject, rejection of, rejected because, a reject

revenue stream, annual revenue, boost revenue, loss of revenue, a source of revenue
stable economy, perfectly stable, relatively stable, financially stable, greater stability

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 58

Vocabulary for IELTS – Academic Word List 58

Complete the sentences below with the correct word and the correct form of the word. (eg. you may need to change a word from a noun to an adjective or from a singular to a plural.).

  1. The CEO  _______________the executive’s proposal during the last board meeting. (ratio, reject)
  2.   _______________ has increased threefold in the last five year period. (revenue, stable)
  3. Women in this occupation outnumber men by a _______________ of three to one. (reject, ratio)
  4. There has been a long period of  _______________ since the current leader came to power. (revenue, stable)
  5. Ideally children should be free to  _______________ their dreams. (pursue, stable)

Answers (in the wrong order)
5. pursue   1. rejected   2. revenue   3. ratio    4. stability