4.8 Glossary - IELTS Collocations

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offer an explanation

offer an explanation /ˈɒfəənˌeksplənˈeɪʃən/


give a reason for why something happened

  • Nobody I asked could offer an explanation for why so few people voted in the election.

opportunity arises

opportunity arises /ˈɒpətuːnɪtiəˈraɪzɪz/

describes any chance that you get to change paths or do something news, especially in your work or studies

  • An opportunity arose for me to work in China, so I went and spent a year there.

overwhelming majority

overwhelming majority /ˈəʊvəwelmɪŋməˈdʒɒrɪti/

a very large majority of people

  • The overwhelming majority of people are in favour of the government having peace talks with the rebels.