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IELTS vocabulary for urban topics

This week we have been preparing for IELTS and studying vocabulary related to urban issues.

All four areas of the test can include this topic; for example, a text on city living in the reading test, an essay on the benefits and drawbacks of living in the suburbs or the city centre, or a speaking test asking the candidate to describe a city they love to visit.

Put the 9 urban phrases into the sentences from IELTS essays.

boarded-up shops chain stores in the suburbs
multi-storey public spaces public transport system
shopping mails tourist attractions traffic congestion
  1. Because of ________ in major cities, it often takes people a long time to commute to work.

  2. People are attracted to city holidays because of the many ________.

  3. People like to go to ________ because they are indoors and protected from the weather.

  4. Having a good ________ allows people to move around cities very easily.

  5. It is very important to have ________ in cities as people ned to be able to relax and socialise outdoors.

  6. ________ are a sign that this part of the city is struggling financially.

  7. Most cities have ________ and, therefore, offer the same shopping experience.

  8. Most people live ________ and then commute to the city centre for work.

  9. Developers build ________ car parks in city centers in order to provide adequate parking for workers and shoppers.

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Answers

  1. Because of traffic congestion in major cities, it often takes people a long time to commute to work.

  2. People are attracted to city holidays because of the many tourist attractions.

  3. People like to go to shopping malls because ther are indoors and protected from the weather.

  4. Having a good public transport system allows people to move around cities very easily.

  5. It is very important to have public spaces in cities as people ned to be able to relax and socialise outdoors.

  6. Boarded up shops are a sign that this part of the city is struggling financially.

  7. Most cities have chain stores and, therefore, offer the same shopping experience.

  8. Most people live in the suburbs and then commute to the city centre for work.

  9. Developers build multi-storey car parks in city centers in order to provide adequate parking for workers and shoppers.

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