Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn four ‘snap’ phrasal verbs and find out where you can use them on your next IELTS Speaking Exam.

A YouTube subscriber recently posted a question about phrasal verbs that feature the word ‘snap’, wondering about what some of these might be, and if they are appropriate to use on IELTS.

Phrasal verbs are usually considered informal, so they should not be used in IELTS essays, unless you are a General candidate composing and informal letter for Task 1.

However, phrasal verbs, when used correctly, do fulfill the scoring requirements for a 7+ in Vocabulary in IELTS Speaking.



Phrasal Verbs with ‘Snap’

Snap at– to yell at someone suddenly

When I was younger, my mother would always snap at me when I didn’t clean my room.

This phrase could be used when speaking about childhood and relationships.

Snap back– recover

I had ACL surgery a year ago, but I haven’t snapped back as I’d hoped.

Use this phrases in connection with health or other problems.


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Snap out of it– to refocus on the present after zoning out or letting your attention wander

I was hanging out with my friends last night, and I completely zoned out because I was so tired from studying. When I snapped out of it, they were talking about a movie I really wanted to go see.

This can be used in answers about leisure time or studies.

Snap up– buy quickly

I saw the ad recently for the latest iPhone, and it’s gorgeous. I’m sure it will be snapped up as soon as it’s available.

This phrase naturally connects to the topics of money, shopping, advertising and consumerism.

Choose 1 or 2 of these phrases to add to your vocabulary notebooks, on pages about the appropriate topics.

Then, make yourself use them in your practice answers.

How would you use today’s vocabulary?

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