Aug 4, 2016

Collocations 31: Money

35 cards
, 56 answers
  • Flashcards
    • Spending money
      • to  . . . 
        spend
        money (on) — give money as payment for something

        • to  . . . 
          save
          money — keep money for use in the future

          • to  . . . 
            waste
            money (on) — spend money in a bad way

            • to  . . . 
              squander
              money (on) — stronger than waste and is only used about large sums of money

              • to  . . . 
                change
                money — exchange one currency for another

                • to  . . . 
                  throw
                  money at — spend a lot of money, possibly more than necessary, trying to solve a problem

                  • to  . . . 
                    donate
                    money to — give money to help society in some way

                  • Prices
                    •  . . . 
                      high
                      price

                      •  . . . 
                        low
                        price

                        •  . . . 
                          rock-bottom
                          price

                          • prices  . . . 
                            increase

                            • prices  . . . 
                              go up

                              • prices  . . . 
                                rise

                                • prices  . . . 
                                  soar
                                  — prices go up very fast

                                  • prices go  . . . 
                                    down

                                    • something is  . . . 
                                      reasonably
                                      priced

                                      • a  . . . 
                                        ridiculous
                                        price — much too cheap or much too expensive

                                      • Getting money — collocations in context
                                        • Henry and his brother grew up in a family where money was always  . . . 
                                          tight
                                          . Henry hoped that when he was grown-up, money would be never be  . . . 
                                          in short
                                          supply for him. Henry’s brother only wanted a  . . . 
                                          steady
                                          income but Henry wasn’t interested in just  . . . 
                                          earning
                                          a good salary, he wanted to make  . . . 
                                          big
                                          money, to be  . . . 
                                          seriously
                                          rich. He started  . . . 
                                          making
                                          money at school when he sold the sandwiches his mother had made him to other children. He also worked in his school holidays to  . . . 
                                          earn
                                          money. He put this money in a bank account and hardly ever made a  . . . 
                                          withdrawal
                                          from it. When he left school, he  . . . 
                                          raised
                                          enough money through the bank to buy his first shop. He  . . . 
                                          got
                                          a really good deal because he found a shop that was  . . . 
                                          going
                                          cheap. By the time he was twenty he had already  . . . 
                                          made
                                          a small fortune though, of course, most of his money was  . . . 
                                          tied up
                                          in his business.

                                        • Quizzes.
                                          • Read these remarks by different people, then answer the questions.
                                            • Briony: I sent 100 euros to the Children’s Fund for the Developing World.

                                              Philip: I won 100,000 dollars on the lottery and bought stupid, useless things. I have almost nothing left now.

                                              Anthony: I went into the bank with 1,000 euros and came out with the equivalent in Australian dollars.

                                              Marianne: The garden was in a terrible mess after the storm. I pain a gardener a lot of money to sort it out but he didn’t seem to make it any better.

                                              Catherine: I put 5,000 euros in an account which gives 4% interest.

                                              1. Who threw money at something?
                                              • Briony
                                              • Marianne
                                              • Philip
                                              • Catherine
                                              • Anthony

                                            • 2. Who saved money?
                                              • Briony
                                              • Marianne
                                              • Anthony
                                              • Catherine
                                              • Philip

                                            • 3. Who donated money?
                                              • Anthony
                                              • Marianne
                                              • Catherine
                                              • Briony
                                              • Philip

                                            • 4. Who squandered money?
                                              • Anthony
                                              • Marianne
                                              • Briony
                                              • Catherine
                                              • Philip

                                            • 5. Who changed money?
                                              • Philip
                                              • Catherine
                                              • Briony
                                              • Anthony
                                              • Marianne

                                          • Complete these sentences using collocations.
                                            • 1. In March, computer chip prices were around 150 dollars. In September they were 850 dollars. In just six months prices had  . . . 
                                              soared
                                              .
                                              • went
                                              • soared

                                            • 2. An airline is offering a return flight from London to New York for just 50 dollars. At first sight this seems like a  . . . 
                                              ridiculous
                                              , as many people on the same flight will be paying 1,000 dollars or more.
                                              • ridiculous
                                              • rock-bottom

                                            • 3. Given that most first-class hotels were charging 300 dollars a night because of the festival, at 275 dollars our four-star hotel seemed  . . . 
                                              reasonably priced
                                              .
                                              • low priced
                                              • reasonably priced

                                            • 4. Hand-held computers are now selling at  . . . 
                                              rock-bottom
                                              prices because there’s so much competition. One that cost 250 dollars a year ago now costs only 70.
                                              • reasonable
                                              • rock-bottom

                                            • 5. Car prices  . . . 
                                              went
                                              down last year, but they will probably  . . . 
                                              go up
                                              again before the end of the year as steel becomes more expensive.
                                              • go; rise
                                              • went; go up

                                          • Choose the correct collocation.
                                            • ‘Can I help you, Madam?’
                                              ‘Yes. I’d like to  . . . 
                                              make
                                              a withdrawal from my account please.’
                                              • make
                                              • get
                                              • take

                                            • ‘Is your company  . . . 
                                              making
                                              money?’
                                              ‘Yes. We are in profit. So I have a  . . . 
                                              steady
                                              income.’
                                              • making; steady
                                              • doing; strong
                                              • making; firm

                                            • ‘Dad, will you lend me money to buy a car?’
                                              ‘Well, money is rather  . . . 
                                              tight
                                              at the moment. Ask your mother.’
                                              • tight
                                              • slim
                                              • hard

                                            • ‘These cameras aren’t as expensive as I thought.’
                                              ‘That’s because they use film. They’re  . . . 
                                              going
                                              cheap right now because everyone is buying digital camera, which are ridiculously expensive because they are in such  . . . 
                                              short
                                              supply.’
                                              • asking; low
                                              • going; short
                                              • giving; little

                                            • ‘We need to  . . . 
                                              raise
                                              money for the new club house. Any ideas.’
                                              ‘Well, we could have a children’s sports day and get all the parents to contribute.’
                                              • bring up
                                              • raise
                                              • rise

                                            • ‘You must have made a  . . . 
                                              small
                                              fortune when you sold your house.’
                                              ‘Yes, I did, but the money is all  . . . 
                                              tied up
                                              in the new one.’
                                              • slight; closed up
                                              • small; tied up
                                              • slim; packed up

                                            • ‘I guess Zara is making  . . . 
                                              big
                                              money with her Internet business.’
                                              ‘Oh yes, she’s  . . . 
                                              seriously
                                              rich now.’
                                              • huge; utterly
                                              • big; seriously
                                              • large; absolutely

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