Collocations are Important for IELTS 7.0+ | how to find the ones you need.

collocations for IELTS - what is a collocation?

The importance of collocations for IELTS should not be forgotten or missed. Collocations are essential to speak and write naturally in English, and when learning collocations, comes in handy. allows you to enter a word and get all the most common collocations (words that are frequently found in texts close to that word).

How to use to search for collocations for IELTS common speaking topics

Let’s use it for a common IELTS topic. Part 2 questions on describing people are common. For example:

Describe a person you admire.
You should say:

  • Who the person is.
  • What he or she is like.
  • And why you admire him or her.

Now take all the common collocations for the word “person” (from and see if you can invent a good first sentence. Tip. Go to and enter the term “person” in the search box. Look for common collocations that could be used to describe the person you admire. These are also the most useful adjectives to learn in connection with describing people. You don’t need to repeat the word “person” every time.

She is a caring, kind person,

can also be written as:

She is caring and kind.

Here are some of my examples:

I would like to talk about my grandmother because she is the person who is responsible for me growing up to be an honest and decent person.

Well, I go on holiday to Scotland every year, and there is a very caring and kind person in charge of the hotel.

Try to think of 5 possible sentences.

For some collocations with colours try my video article

If you would like to have an essay checked for collocations, book a class

Use OzDic to search for good collocations for IELTS essays

Here is another search to do on OzDic:

What are five useful collocations for IELTS using this word? I guarantee it will improve your vocabulary. And if you are unsure of the collocated term’s meaning, just google the word pair and read the headlines. It is a fun way to learn topic-specific vocabulary. Try it with the next essay you write.

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