The next word in our vocabulary boost series is MATTER. MATTER is a high frequency word that can be used as a synonym of mind, care or issue. There are numerous collocations that are formed using MATTER


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.



To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Be a matter of time – be a question of time

Not matter – not be important – It doesn´t matter if you pass the exam or not

No matter how – No matter how much you save, you won´t be able to afford it

No easy/simple matter – not straightforward

The practical matters – the way of doing something

A family matter – an issue concerned with the matter

An economic matter – a money issue

An environmental matter – a problem with the environment

Bring up/broach/raise a matter – raise an issue

Drop the matter – leave the matter

Settle/solve a matter – find a solution

Address/handle/treat/deal with a matter – tackle a problem

Consider/think about/examine/investigate a matter – research an issue

Press/pursue a matter – try to find out about something

Be no laughing matter – not be funny or a joke

The matter in hand – the important part of something

Let the matter go – forget about something



To learn how to use MATTER you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.