IELTS Vocabulary: Condition

Test Tip

We do not use the when writing about things in general.

Crime is rising in capital cities.   NOT The crime…
This is just one of the issues in society.   NOT … in the society

Questions 1-7

Look at these sentences. They all use if.

Rewrite each sentence, replacing if with the words in bold. You may need to remove some of the other words.

Rewrite each sentence beginning with the words in bold. For example: Providing that you return it before you go home, you can borrow my dictionary.

1You can borrow my dictionary if you return it before you go home. (providing that)

-Providing that

2You can't go to university if you don't have good grades. (unless)


3Pollution will get worse if we continue to live in a throwaway society. (as long as)

-As long as

4Many developed countries are willing to waive the Third World debt if the money is reinvested ineducation and medicine. (on condition that)

-On condition that

5Some countries will never be able to rectify their deficits, even if they work very hard. (no matter how)

-No matter how

6Computers are difficult things to understand, even if you read a lot of books about them. (however many)

-However many

7Crime is a problem, even if you go to relatively safe countries. (wherever)

-Wherever you go,

Questions 8-10

Some nouns can be used to express condition. Complete these sentences using the most appropriate word.

8Being able to drive is one of the of the job of salesman.

9Before you accept a job, it is important that you agree with the of the contract.

10It is a of the university that you attend an interview.


Questions 11-17

Complete these sentences using an appropriate word or expression from above and your own ideas.

11British universities will accept students from abroad.

12Working for a large company can be a fulfilling experience.

13Most banks are happy to lend customers money.

14The government will reduce income tax.

15The environmental situation will continue to worsen.

16There will always be long waiting lists at our hospitals.

17Travelling helps you understand more about the world around you.

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