The importance of collocations in IELTS, for example when describing people

by | Nov 8, 2013 | IELTS Test Tips | 0 comments

Collocations are important to learn in order to speak naturally in English. This is where comes in handy. allows you to enter a word and get all the most common collocations (words that go together with that word).

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 word “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.

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.

Think of 5 possible sentences.

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