If you want to test your vocabulary and learn more about which words frequently combine with other words, our new series of collocation challenges can help.
Our collocation challenge today focuses on this pattern:
a/an (noun) in + price(s)
In our C1: Advanced class yesterday afternoon we came across the following collocations:
a drop in price(s)
a drop in the price of
a drop in costs
a drop in the cost of
When searching the frequency of the word drop in the pattern a/an + noun + in + price(s), drop was the seventh most frequent noun in that position (equal in frequency to decline and movement).
The challenge we’re setting for you is to come up with one or more of the 6 nouns that were most frequent in the phrase:
a/an __________ in price(s)
If you’ve thought of some nouns that you think might fit, click this link to test your theory and play our Collocation Challenge Family Fortunes game:
Check back on Monday to find the answers in the comments boxes.
Frequency data comes from StringNet Navigator 3.0
If you had the chance to interview anyone, living or dead, real or fictional, famous or unknown, who would you choose? What would you ask them and why?
This was a question we put to some of our students preparing to do the Cambridge English: First exam in December 2014. Here is one of the responses we got from a big fan of the author James Dashner.
I saw the advert in your magazine asking about who it would be my dream to interview and decided to write to you with my choice.
There are tons of people I would love to interview. Some of them are dead, others are alive, but all of them have been inspirations to me. However, since I can only pick one, I would have to choose the writer of one of my favourite series of books, The Maze Runner. The writer’s name is James Dashner and he has an incredible imagination.
The main reason behind me wanting to interview him is that I think he has a way with words that not many have. In my view this sets him apart from other writers. If I were given the chance to ask him some questions, the first one would be where James found the inspiration to write such a story as The Maze Runner. Other things I would like to know are how he came up with the characters, whether they were based on real people or entirely fictional and, if he could only read one book for the rest of his life, what it would be.
Interviewing James Dashner would be a dream come true and I sincerely hope it happens some day.
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One of the texts that candidates doing the Cambridge English: First exam may be asked to write in Paper 2, Part 2 is a review. Review tasks ask you to describe and express an opinion about something you’ve experienced. You could be asked to review a variety of things such as a book, a film, a website or a product. Students in our B2: First classes recently practised writing concert reviews and we thought we’d share one of these with you on our blog…
Iron Maiden rock Portugal
One of the most amazing concerts I’ve ever been to was when Iron Maiden came to Portugal last year. If you don’t know them, they are a rock/metal band with a career going back over 30 years. The concert I saw celebrated the band’s past as it was actually a remake of an old tour: The Maiden England Tour of 1982.
One of the first things I noticed was how the concert brought both older fans, some wearing original ’82 T-shirts, together with younger people like me. This shows that their music and appeal is timeless.
As far as the concert itself goes, it was magnificent. The sound was completely mind blowing as were the special effects, with lights and fire that really flared up the emotions of members of the audience. On top of that, an enormous robot appeared on stage and its moves were synchronised with the music. It was just stunning and it really brought the crowd to life.
To make things even better, the band played all my favourite songs. I’ve always loved their older songs and they didn’t let me down with their set list. It was perfect. There was no particular highlight, I loved it from start to finish.
Overall, I liked pretty much everything. The fact that the venue was packed, the atmosphere and, of course, the music. I’d definitely recommend anyone who likes rock/metal music to see one of their concerts.