Jul 27, 2016

Collocations 23: Films and books

77 cards
, 121 answers
  • About films and books —flashcards
    • a book  . . . 
      comes out

      1. a film  . . . 
        comes out

        1. to  . . . 
          review
          the book

          1. to  . . . 
            review
            the film

            1. the book  . . . 
              reviewers

              1. the film  . . . 
                critics

                1.  . . . 
                  book
                  review

                  1.  . . . 
                    film
                    review

                    1. film is based on a  . . . 
                      true story

                      1. a book/film  . . . 
                        captures
                        an atmosphere

                        1. a book/film  . . . 
                          deals
                          with a topic

                          1. opening/closing  . . . 
                            scene
                            of a  . . . 
                            film

                            1. opening/closing  . . . 
                              chapter
                              of a  . . . 
                              book

                              1. the  . . . 
                                beginning/end
                                of a book/film (NOT start and finish)

                                1.  . . . 
                                  central
                                  character

                                  1. to have a  . . . 
                                    happy ending

                                    1. to  . . . 
                                      recommend
                                      a book/film

                                      1.  . . . 
                                        highly
                                        recommended

                                      2. Just about films and acting — flashcards
                                        • to  . . . 
                                          go
                                          on the  . . . 
                                          stage
                                          — to become an actor

                                          1. the  . . . 
                                            big
                                            screen — the cinema

                                            1.  . . . 
                                              special
                                              effects — powerful visual effects, often created using technology

                                              1. the male  . . . 
                                                lead
                                                — main male part

                                                1. the  . . . 
                                                  female
                                                  lead

                                                  1. to  . . . 
                                                    play
                                                    the role of

                                                    1. to take on  . . . 
                                                      a cameo
                                                      role — small but special part

                                                      1. to  . . . 
                                                        give
                                                        performance

                                                        1. to . . . 
                                                          nominate
                                                          for an Oscar — to put on the official list of people in the film world who may receive a special prize (an Oscar)

                                                          1.  . . . 
                                                            box-office
                                                            hit — extremely successful with audiences

                                                            1.  . . . 
                                                              full
                                                              house — cinema/theatre with no empty seats

                                                              1. to  . . . 
                                                                cast
                                                                a film — select the actors for a film

                                                                1.  . . . 
                                                                  star
                                                                  in a film

                                                                  1. to . . . 
                                                                    shoot
                                                                    a film

                                                                    1. to . . . 
                                                                      make
                                                                      a film

                                                                      1. to . . . 
                                                                        watch
                                                                        television (NOT see television)

                                                                        1. to . . . 
                                                                          see/watch
                                                                          a film

                                                                          1. to . . . 
                                                                            see
                                                                            a film at the cinema

                                                                          2. Just about books — flashcards
                                                                            • to be  . . . 
                                                                              engrossed/absorbed
                                                                              in a book

                                                                              1.  . . . 
                                                                                compulsive
                                                                                reading — so interesting you can’t stop reading

                                                                                1.  . . . 
                                                                                  bedtime
                                                                                  reading

                                                                                  1. an  . . . 
                                                                                    easy
                                                                                    read

                                                                                    1. to  . . . 
                                                                                      take out
                                                                                      a library book

                                                                                      1. to  . . . 
                                                                                        borrow
                                                                                        a library book

                                                                                        1. to  . . . 
                                                                                          return
                                                                                          a library book

                                                                                          1. to  . . . 
                                                                                            renew
                                                                                            a library book

                                                                                            1. to  . . . 
                                                                                              flick/skim
                                                                                              through a book

                                                                                              1.  . . . 
                                                                                                beautifully
                                                                                                written

                                                                                              2. Quizzes
                                                                                                • The conversation below has no errors, but the changes will improve it. Use collocations instead of the underlined words in this conversation.
                                                                                                  • Matthew: Have you read that new book that has just appeared about Ireland?
                                                                                                    Lorna: No, I don’t go to bookshops and I don’t read articles discussing new books. What’s it about?
                                                                                                    Matthew: Well, it concerns the Irish War of Independence. It’s very authentic and it manages to give the atmosphere of Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century.
                                                                                                    Lorna: Is it just historical facts, then?
                                                                                                    Matthew: No, the main people are two brothers who have different opinions about the war and this divides their family. In the first chapters they’re happy and so everything together, but by the last chapter they have become enemies.
                                                                                                    Lorna: Mm, it sounds a bit depressing to me.
                                                                                                    Matthew: Well, it certainly doesn’t finish in a happy way, but I liked it, and it’s recommended very much by all the critics.
                                                                                                    Lorna: So, a book with a pleasant start and a sad finish. Not for me, I’m afraid. I prefer the opposite.

                                                                                                    Matthew: Have you read that new book that has just about Ireland?
                                                                                                    Lorna: No, I don’t go to bookshops and I don’t read . What’s it about?
                                                                                                    Matthew: Well, it the Irish War of Independence. It’s very authentic and it manages to the of Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century.
                                                                                                    Lorna: Is it just historical facts, then?
                                                                                                    Matthew: No, the are two brothers who have different opinions about the war and this divides their family. In the they’re happy and so everything together, but by the they have become enemies.
                                                                                                    Lorna: Mm, it sounds a bit depressing to me.
                                                                                                    Matthew: Well, it certainly doesn’t a , but I liked it, and it’s by all the critics.
                                                                                                    Lorna: So, a book with a pleasant and a sad . Not for me, I’m afraid. I prefer the opposite.

                                                                                                  • Complete the sentences.
                                                                                                    • 1. I was completely  . . . 
                                                                                                      absorbed/engrossed
                                                                                                      in my book and didn’t realise how late it had got.
                                                                                                      1. absorbed
                                                                                                      2. skimmed
                                                                                                      3. engrossed

                                                                                                    • 2. He wants to go on the  . . . 
                                                                                                      stage
                                                                                                      . He’s always wanted to be an actor.
                                                                                                      1. stage
                                                                                                      2. screen
                                                                                                      3. film

                                                                                                    • 3. Who played the male  . . . 
                                                                                                      lead
                                                                                                      in this film?
                                                                                                      1. role
                                                                                                      2. lead
                                                                                                      3. character

                                                                                                    • 4.  . . . 
                                                                                                      Cameo
                                                                                                      role means ‘small but special part in a film/play’.
                                                                                                      1. Female
                                                                                                      2. Male
                                                                                                      3. Cameo

                                                                                                    • 5. The film was  . . . 
                                                                                                      nominated
                                                                                                      for an Oscar but it didn’t win.
                                                                                                      1. played
                                                                                                      2. given
                                                                                                      3. nominated

                                                                                                    • 6. It was an amazing film about space travel, with fantastic special  . . . 
                                                                                                      effects
                                                                                                      .
                                                                                                      1. result
                                                                                                      2. outcome
                                                                                                      3. effects

                                                                                                  • Match the words with their collocations.
                                                                                                    • 1) full  . . . 
                                                                                                      house
                                                                                                      1. house
                                                                                                      2. lead
                                                                                                      3. hit
                                                                                                      4. reading
                                                                                                      5. screen

                                                                                                    • 2) big  . . . 
                                                                                                      screen
                                                                                                      1. lead
                                                                                                      2. screen
                                                                                                      3. reading
                                                                                                      4. hit
                                                                                                      5. house

                                                                                                    • 3) bedtime  . . . 
                                                                                                      reading
                                                                                                      1. lead
                                                                                                      2. house
                                                                                                      3. reading
                                                                                                      4. hit
                                                                                                      5. screen

                                                                                                    • 4) female  . . . 
                                                                                                      lead
                                                                                                      1. house
                                                                                                      2. lead
                                                                                                      3. hit
                                                                                                      4. screen
                                                                                                      5. reading

                                                                                                    • 5) box-office  . . . 
                                                                                                      hit
                                                                                                      1. house
                                                                                                      2. hit
                                                                                                      3. lead
                                                                                                      4. reading
                                                                                                      5. screen

                                                                                                  • Complete these collocations.
                                                                                                    • 1) shoot a  . . . 
                                                                                                      film
                                                                                                      1. book
                                                                                                      2. reading
                                                                                                      3. film

                                                                                                    • 2) star in  . . . 
                                                                                                      film
                                                                                                      1. film
                                                                                                      2. reading
                                                                                                      3. book

                                                                                                    • 3) make a  . . . 
                                                                                                      film
                                                                                                      1. film
                                                                                                      2. book
                                                                                                      3. reading

                                                                                                    • 4) renew a  . . . 
                                                                                                      book
                                                                                                      1. book
                                                                                                      2. reading
                                                                                                      3. film

                                                                                                    • 5) borrow a  . . . 
                                                                                                      book
                                                                                                      1. book
                                                                                                      2. film
                                                                                                      3. reading

                                                                                                    • 6) return a  . . . 
                                                                                                      book
                                                                                                      1. film
                                                                                                      2. reading
                                                                                                      3. book

                                                                                                    • 7) flick through a  . . . 
                                                                                                      book
                                                                                                      1. reading
                                                                                                      2. film
                                                                                                      3. book

                                                                                                    • 8) skim through a  . . . 
                                                                                                      book
                                                                                                      1. film
                                                                                                      2. book
                                                                                                      3. reading

                                                                                                    • 9) compulsive  . . . 
                                                                                                      reading
                                                                                                      1. book
                                                                                                      2. film
                                                                                                      3. reading

                                                                                                    • 10) bedtime  . . . 
                                                                                                      reading
                                                                                                      1. book
                                                                                                      2. film
                                                                                                      3. reading

                                                                                                  • Complete collocations in the sentences below.
                                                                                                    • 1. Sal was  . . . 
                                                                                                      engrossed/absorbed
                                                                                                      in her book that she didn’t hear me.
                                                                                                      1. absorbed
                                                                                                      2. flicked
                                                                                                      3. engrossed

                                                                                                    • 2. Many people find articles about the private lives of film stars  . . . 
                                                                                                      compulsive

                                                                                                      reading.
                                                                                                      1. compulsive
                                                                                                      2. skimmed
                                                                                                      3. bedtime

                                                                                                    • 3. I don’t think a horror story makes good  . . . 
                                                                                                      bedtime
                                                                                                      reading.
                                                                                                      1. beautiful
                                                                                                      2. bedtime
                                                                                                      3. skimmed

                                                                                                    • 4. Detective stories are good for train journeys as they’re an  . . . 
                                                                                                      easy
                                                                                                      read.
                                                                                                      1. easy
                                                                                                      2. compulsive
                                                                                                      3. beautifully

                                                                                                    • 5. You can  . . . 
                                                                                                      take out/borrow
                                                                                                      six library books at one time.
                                                                                                      1. borrow
                                                                                                      2. return
                                                                                                      3. take out

                                                                                                    • 6. You should  . . . 
                                                                                                      return
                                                                                                      your library book tomorrow.
                                                                                                      1. return
                                                                                                      2. take out
                                                                                                      3. borrow

                                                                                                    • 7. I’m going to  . . . 
                                                                                                      renew
                                                                                                      my library book for another week.
                                                                                                      1. take out
                                                                                                      2. return
                                                                                                      3. renew

                                                                                                    • 8. Mona  . . . 
                                                                                                      flicked / skimmed
                                                                                                      through the book without reading it in detail.
                                                                                                      1. skimmed
                                                                                                      2. flicked
                                                                                                      3. engrossed

                                                                                                    • 9. The book is  . . . 
                                                                                                      beautifully
                                                                                                      written — I highly recommend it.
                                                                                                      1. easy
                                                                                                      2. beautifully
                                                                                                      3. compulsive

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