​Adjectives: amazing, horrible, modern, old, poor, rich, terrible, wonderful 

Adjectives to describe places: ancient, high, huge, low, magnificent, modern, narrow, ordinary, outdoor, peaceful, pretty, tiny, ugly, crowded, quiet, indoor, wide, noisy

Adverbs: absolutely, especially, fairly, generally, hardly ever, mainly, normally, particularly, pretty, rarely, really

Adverbials: luck and chance: accidentally, amazingly, as expected, by chance, fortunately, luckily, on purpose, surprisingly, unfortunately 

Animals: bee, camel, gorilla, mosquito, parrot, spider, tiger, whale

Art and music: architecture, novel, photograph, poem, sculpture, TV series, painting, album, classical music, film



Countries: Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Spain, etc.

​Common adjectives: awful, delicious, gorgeous, perfect, rude, serious, silly, ugly, alright, strange, boring, serious, amazing, lovely, horrible

Common verbs: buy, cost, decide, find, help, meet, prefer, sell, stay, try,  

Common verbs in the passive: base on, design, direct, perform, play, write, paint

​Compound nouns: science fiction, cash machine, street lights, television programme, road sign, shoe shop, address book, bookshelf, ticket off ice, key ring, mountain top, mountain climbing, rock climbing, rock star, TV star, TV screen, computer screen, computer game, coff ee cup, tea cup, tea bag, shopping bag, shopping centre, city park, car park, car door, kitchen door, kitchen knife, bread knife, bottle top

Cooking verbs: bake, boil, fry, grill, roast 

Cooking adjectives: baked, boiled, fried, grilled, roast

Containers: bag, bar, bottle, can, jar, packet 

Collocations with make, do and give: do something nice (for somebody), do well (at sth), give sb a hug, give sb a tip, give sb directions, give sth away, make a friend, make a joke, make sb smile, do volunteer work, get a new outfit, go to the hairdresser’s, have a shave, look one’s best, go to the beautician, wear sth

Clothes: boots, dress, earrings, gloves, jeans, jewellery, jumper, necklace, raincoat, ring, scarf, shirt, shoes, shorts, skirt, socks, T-shirt, trainers, trousers, watch, bracelet, high heels, sandals, sweatshirt, tracksuit, underwear, flat shoes, top, tights, earrings, gloves, tie, socks, shorts, necklace, belt, scarf, handbag, boots, trainers, raincoat, suitcase, jumper


Degree subjects: art, drama, education, engineering, law, medicine, business management, psychology


-ed / -ing adjectives: amazed, amazing, annoyed, annoying, confused, confusing, disappointed, disappointing, embarrassed, embarrassing, frightened, frightening, relaxed, relaxing, shocked, shocking, surprised, surprising, tired, tiring, exciting, excited, interesting, interested

​Education collocations: do a degree in (a subject), get a place at university, hand (work / an essay) in, revise (for an exam), write an essay, get into university, take notes, get good/bad marks


 Family: aunt, brother, cousin, grandchildren, granddaughter, grandfather, grandmother, grandparents, grandson, parents, sister, uncle

Furniture: armchair, bookcase, chest of drawers, cooker, cupboard, curtains, lamp, mirror, sink, sofa, wardrobe, washing machine

Food: beans, burger, carrots, cereal, chicken, cola, crisps, curry, garlic, grapes, jam, lamb, lemons, melon, mushrooms, onions, pears, salad, steak, yoghurt 


Geography: beach, coast, countryside, desert, field, forest, glacier, hill, island, jungle, lake, mountain, rainforest, river, waterfall, wood

Get collocations: get together (= start a relationship), get engaged, get divorced, get on well (with sb), get to know, get a place at, get in touch (with sb), get an off er, get paid, get rich, get a job, get ill, get better (= recover)


High numbers

​Health collocations: eat a healthy diet, be overweight, keep in shape, (go/be) on (a) diet, lose weight, get fit, put on weight, be a regular smoker, give up (smoking), have an allergy


IT collocations: check emails, click on a link, download a document/file, log on to a computer/website, make calls, save a document/file, surf the Web, visit a website 

Irregular past participle: been, bought, broken, caught


​Jobs: businessman, businesswoman, actor, chef, cleaner, dentist, engineer, farmer, manager, mechanic, nurse, photographer, pilot, police officer, receptionist, secretary, shop assistant, taxi driver, tour guide, architect, builder, designer, journalist, musician, politician, postman, vet, carer, shop assistant, computer programmer, IT worker, actor

​Job requirements and conditions: earn a good salary, make important decisions, need good qualifications / several years of training, work in a team / long hours / at weekends, have a nice working environment, have a lot of skills, deal with serious problems/people every day, to be self-employed



Linking ideas with: and, but and so 

​Linking ideas in the past: in, when, later 

​Linking ideas with after, when and while 

Linking ideas with however 

Linking ideas with also, too and as well 

Linking words: first, secondly, finally 


Money and prices

​Medical problems and treatments: backache, a cold, a temperature, a broken leg, a stomachache, the flu, a rash, get a prescription from a doctor, take pills or other medicine, have some tests, go to the hospital, go to the chemists, have an operation, put on cream

​Music: a band, a DJ, jazz, classic, an opera, pop

​Multi-word verbs: carry on, look aft er, put sth off (=postpone), hand sth in (to the authorities), feel like (=want), come round (visit), break up (end relationship), turn sth down (refuse), join in, pass on (a message, information, etc.)


Nationalities: Brazilian, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, etc.

​Noun formation: complain – complaint, decide – decision, deliver – delivery, describe – description, enjoy – enjoyment, explain – explanation, queue – queue



Past simple irregular verbs: ate, became, bought, brought, came, cost, cut, did, found, gave, got, lost, made, read, sold, spent, thought, told, went, won

Personality adjectives: brilliant, cool, fantastic, friendly, great, kind, lovely, pleasant, popular, quiet, warm, well-known, anxious, confident, creative, easygoing, fair, fun, generous, honest, patient, reliable, selfish, sensible, serious, shy, sociable, strict, careless, funny

Places in a city: apartment, bridge, building, café, centre, concert hall, metro station, park, police station, post off ice, restaurant, river, sports centre, square, stadium, street, theatre, windmill

Parts of the body: arm, back, finger, foot, hand, head, leg, neck, stomach, toe Appearance: attractive, curly/dark/fair/long/short/straight hair, fat, fit, good-looking, pretty, thin




Sequencing words: first, then, next, aft er that, finally 

Shopping: bookshop, bus stop, café, car park, cash machine (ATM), chemist, clothes shop, department store, entrance, fast food restaurant, information desk, stairs

Sport and exercise: dance, do yoga, play badminton, ride a bike, skate, ski

​Sports and activities: athletics, (scuba) diving, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, ice skating, jogging, rock climbing, skateboarding, snowboarding, squash, surfing, volleyball, windsurfing, yoga

Sport and exercise collocations: do exercises/judo; go fishing/running/sailing/snowboarding; play football/ golf/hockey/rugby/volleyball

Studying: break, exam, get good/bad marks, make notes, pass/fail an exam, pass/fail a test, studies, term, timetable


Time: o’clock, five past, ten past, (a) quarter past, half past, (a) quarter to, etc. 

Time expressions: every week/month/year, once a week/ month/year, twice a week/month/year, three times a week/ month/year, etc.

Technology: camera, computer, e-reader, headphones, keyboard, laptop, printer, satnav, smartphone, tablet 

Tourism: sunglasses, suntan lotion, backpack, foreign currency, guidebook, map, passport, suitcase, go away, get a visa, (un)pack your luggage, stay on a campsite / in a hostel, check into / out of a hotel, do some sightseeing, book accommodation, exchange some money, buy souvenirs, have an adventure

Transport: aeroplane (plane), bike, coach, ferry, helicopter, motorbike,  scooter, ship, train, tram

Transport collocations: catch (the train), change (trains), get off  (the train), get on (the train), miss (the train), take (the train)

Transport adjectives: cheap − expensive, clean − dirty, comfortable − uncomfortable, empty − crowded/full, fast − slow, safe − dangerous 

​Travel collocations: book a hotel, change plans, go back home, have a holiday, live abroad, make plans, pack a bag, plan a holiday, stay at home, stay in a hotel, travel abroad, unpack a bag​, miss a train, break down, be a lot of turbulence, crash, traffic jam, be sth wrong with (the plane/ engine etc.), be long delays, be a strike, get lost, long queue, travel around, board, change (trains at a station), take off , set off , give sb a lift , get to (= arrive), land, hitchhike 



Verbs with dependent prepositions: deal with sth, look at sth, concentrate on sth, listen to sth, think about sth, borrow sth from sb, spend sth on sb, pay for sth, wait for sth, ask (sb) for sth, talk to sb, think of (ideas), arrive at sth

Verbs followed by to + infinitive / verb + -ing: agree, arrange, avoid, dislike, imagine, manage, miss, recommend, refuse, regret, seem, forget


Words and phrases related to money: bank account, special off ers, the sales, pay sb back, lend, cash, borrow sth from sb, get a loan, owe, spend money on sth, cost, save up for sth, afford, discount 

Work: accountant, hairdresser, lawyer, scientist, gardener, plumber, electrician, banker



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