The next word in our vocabulary boost series is MISS. MISS is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of lose, be necessary, not reach or not get an opportunity. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using MISS.

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)

Miss a person

Miss the bus/train/flight

Miss the target

Miss the mark

Miss an opportunity

Miss an event

Be missing

Be at a miss

Not miss a thing

Miss a concert

Miss the point

Narrowly miss something

Miss the chance

Miss doing something

Not miss much

Be hit and miss = unpredicatable


Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)


Miss out on – not get an opportunity

We were punished by the teacher and we missed out on going on the cinema trip


Miss out – forget

I was stressed in the exam so I missed out the final question




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

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