July 27


Let’s Practice Word Formation For Your Cambridge C1 Exam

Good day everyone and welcome to Prepare to Pass Your Cambridge Exam by Cambridge Exam Coach, the podcast where you can listen to tips and advice for passing the Cambridge exams at the same time as improving your English.

I’m Kristian, your host, today it’s Tuesday 27 July 2021, and in this episode we’re going to be doing a Cambridge English C1 exam exercise.

So relax, get comfortable, and enjoy this episode of the podcast. Here we go!

Hello dear dear listeners, how are you doing? I hope you’re doing great and that you’re looking forward to listening to this episode of the podcast. First I’d like to welcome Liza on the podcast: Liza, top of the morning to you, how are you feeling today?

Before we start, here are two tips for you to get the most out of this episode:

1. It’s a good idea to check out the show notes of this episode on cambridgeexacmcoach.com. You can read along while listening, or you can do it afterwards, when you revise the exercise.

2. You can always pause and rewind when you miss something or if you want to hear something again. I know this sounds obvious, but it really can help your learning process. When I listen to podcasts, I regularly pause and rewind. It really helps me to become better at English.

Okay, that’s enough warming up. Let’s get down to business.


The exercise we’re about to do with each other is useful preparation building towards the Reading and Use of English test Part 3, as the format is quite similar. However, the instructions in this podcast episode are more detailed and provide more support, and all the words are grammatically related: they all involve changing words into nouns – which is not the case in the exam task.

Complete each gap with an appropriate noun form of the word in capitals at the end of the line. The noun you require may also need a plural ending or a negative prefix (un-, in-, im-, dis-, etc).

0 His latest _________ is a book of verse on the theme of relationships. PUBLISH

1 Light __________ will be served from 3.30pm in the main hall. REFRESH

2 Union members expressed their _____________ of the management’s offer by APPROVE walking out of the meeting.

3 In her _____________ to answer the phone, she almost fell down the stairs. EAGER

4 In the interests of safety, a number of standard _____________ need to be followed. PROCEED

5 Her 5000-metre run paled into _____________ when compared with the marathon her grandfather completed the following week. SIGNIFY

6 The _____________ of the device is what has made it so popular. SIMPLE

7 I cannot comment; I have been sworn to _____________ on the matter. SECRET

8 The cost of _____________ has increased by 10% this year. MEMBER

9 Customers will be required to pay for any _____________ . BREAK

10 There is every _____________ that prices will continue to rise next year. LIKELY

11 He valued his _____________ too much to ever want to get married. DEPEND

12 It’s quite natural to experience a certain amount of _____________ on your first day at work. ANXIOUS


1 refreshments 2 disapproval 3 eagerness 4 procedures 5 insignificance

6 simplicity 7 secrecy 8 membership 9 breakage(s) 10 likelihood

11 independence 12 anxiety

OVER TO YOU: The expressions in bold are all useful collocations and fixed phrases, so I’d encourage you to record them in your vocabulary notebook.

About the author 


Kristian is from The Netherlands and until the end of 2021 he's living in the beautiful city of Rotterdam. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam at grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, a book, podcasts or an audiobook.


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