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IELTS Vocabulary: Changes

Look at the pairs of sentences in 1-20 and choose a verb from the box which can be used with both sentences. In some cases, the meaning of the verb may change slightly. Then use a dictionary to find other objects which can be used with the verbs.

adapt adjust alter cure
demote disappear dissolve exchange
expand fade increase promote
reduce renew renovate replace
swell switch transform vary

1.a) We need to .................... these cars so disabled people can drive them.
1.b) The country found it hard to .................... to the new government.

2.a) If the trousers are too tight, take them back to the shop and ask them to .................... them.
2.b) He found it hard to .................... to living in a tropical country.

3.a) You must .................... the voltage or the system will blow up.
3.b) He decided to .................... his appearance by having plastic surgery.

4.a) Our bills will be less if we .................... from gas to electricity.
4.b) They had to .................... flights at Heathrow Airport.

5.a) You can't .................... the terms of the contract once it has been signed.
5.b) He wants to .................... his appearance.

6.a) It will help your digestion if you .................... your diet.
6.b) Prices of flats .................... from a few thousand to millions of pounds.

7.a) We need to .................... our pounds for dollars.
7.b) You can usually .................... goods which are faulty if you show the receipt.

8.a) We have had to .................... our sales force to cope with the extra demand.
8.b) Water will .................... when it is frozen.

9.a) The price of oil will .................... next year.
9.b) Most bosses refuse to .................... salaries when they are asked.

10.a) The management decided to .................... the company and sell the offices.
10.b) .................... the sugar in boiling water.

11.a) More and more people are moving to cities to .................... the population there.
11.b) The wasp sting caused his leg to .................... up.

12.a) The market for typewriters will probably .................... completely in the next few years.
12.b) The police are baffled by the increasing number of people who .................... each year.

13.a) The old contract ran out and we had to .................... it.
13.b) Many people argue that it's futile to .................... old hostilities.

14.a) They have received funds to .................... the old buildings.
14.b) We need to .................... the central heating as it is old and worn out.

15.a) The boss offered to .................... him from salesman to manager.
15.b) Our main aim is to .................... tourism in the country.

16.a) They wanted to .................... me from manager to salesperson.
16.b) If we .................... you, you will lose a large part of your salary.

17.a) If you wash it too much, the colour will .....................
17.b) We watched the islands .................... away into the distance.

18.a) The company decided to .................... the permanent staff with freelancers.
18.b) You must .................... the books on the shelf when you have finished with them.

19.a) The doctors were unable to .................... her the illness.
19.b) .................... meat in salt water for between three and five days.

20.a) Governments are trying to .................... pollution.
20.b) The best way to save money is to .................... the number of staff.

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