4.8 Glossary - IELTS Collocations

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come up with an idea

come up with an idea /ˈkʌmˈʌpˈwɪðənaɪˈdɪə/

think of an idea or plan

  • He's come up with an excellent idea for his essay.


conduct an investigation

conduct an investigation

A formal way to describe the process of investigating a crime

  • The police are conducting an investigation into the robbery.

confront issues

confront issues /kənˈfrʌntˈɪʃjuːz/

to try to analyse and explain problems or differences relating to a topic or idea

  • The book attempts to confront a number of issues that have arisen in the field over the last few decades.

critical analysis

critical analysis /ˈkrɪtɪkələˈnælɪsɪs/


a piece of writing, e.g. essay or article that is very detailed and tries to find problems, faults etc. with a piece of work

  • The essay gives a critical analysis of international trade agreements.