Academic Word List Exercises

Sublist 5b: Words 11-20

Here we move on to practice exercises for the academic word list sublist 5b

In the first exercise you check your knowledge of the words, and in the second exercise you practice usage of the words in a gap fill. These are words 11 - 20 from sublist 5:

  • Consult
  • Contact
  • Decline
  • Discrete
  • Draft
  • Enable
  • Energy
  • Enforce
  • Entity
  • Equivalent

Exercise 1

Which of the above AWL words do you know? Match the definitions to the word:

1. to refuse something / to become worse or lower 

2. to make possible

3. equal in amount, purpose, value, meaning etc

4. to get advice or information from a person or book with specialist knowledge on something

5. the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offence or revealing confidential information / individually separate and distinct

6. to make people follow a law, or make people accept a particular situation

7. something that exists separately from other things with an independent existence

8. a version of writing before the final piece

9. the strength and power to be physically and mentally active / power derived from physical or chemical resources

10. communication with another person, usually regularly by speaking or writing / the state of touching another person

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Academic Word List Sublist 5b - Correct answers:

Exercise 2

Choose which word will fit in the gap:

1. I submitted a of my term paper to my teacher, so he could give me some advice before submitting it again at the end of term.

2. The teachers at my school the uniform code very strictly. We were punished by detention if we did not follow it.

3. Taking a few months off work me to prepare for the IELTS exam.

4. He my offer to come around for dinner. I’m not sure why.

5. It’s wrong to think of the UK property market as a single . There are really two markets – the London market which is still in a housing bubble, and the rest of the UK which has still to recover from the housing crash.

6. I really appreciated my manager’s when I told him about my illness. He didn’t tell anyone and he gave me some leave from work to sort things out.

7. I kept in close with my family while I was travelling around the world, usually by skype.

8. I decided to my doctor as my symptoms were getting worse.

9. At the current exchange rate, 1 dollar is to about 0.72 euros.

10. I’ve got so much more since I started exercising regularly and eating healthy food.

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Academic Word List Exercises Sublist 5b - Correct answers:


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