progress collocations

progress collocations


discuss progress

At the end of each school term parents discuss their child’s progress with a teacher.

make progress

Since he moved to his new school, William has made a lot of progress.

follow progress

I remember my uncle George took a personal interest in my education. He followed my progress closely and gave me help and a lot of encouragement.

bring progress

The British were enthusiastic builders of railways. The believed railways brought progress and civilization to less developed countries.

monitor progress

Each student’s progress is closely monitored. We use a system of regular tests to measure their progress.

hold up progress

Fallen trees are holding up the progress of the rescue workers.

steady progress

We are making slow but steady progress. The job should only take about a day longer than we anticipated.

rapid progress

There has been such rapid progress in computer technology over the last few years that I can hardly keep up with the speed of change.

slow progress

They are having great problems trying to reach the trapped men. Progress is painfully slow.

good progress

Fortunately, there wasn’t much traffic on the roads, so we made good progress and arrives with plenty of time to spare.

real progress

The police have made no real progress in the investigation and detectives are now appealing to the public for help.

disappointing progress

No agreement has been reached after five days of discussions. Progress has been disappointing – to say the least!


We are frustrated at the lack of progress.

Although she’s recovering from her illness, her rate of progress is quite slow.

In order to continue your financial assistance, we will need regular updates on your progress.

John’s teacher says that his reading and writing is showing signs of progress.

Now that the project has started, we will need a weekly meeting for the next two months to keep a close check on progress.

There has not been much progress in the border dispute between the two countries.

Political observers noted that there had been a lot of progress on human rights.

A concert was in progress in the school hall, so we looked for another room.

The college will be closed while maintenance work is in progress.



  • In ‘At the end of each school term parents discuss their child’s progress with a teacher.’, ‘review’ is also possible.
  • We talk about economic and technological progress:

The country has made significant economic progress in recent years.

Technological progress has allowed scientists to build smaller and smaller computers.

  • We use the following expression to sat that not all progress is good:

We are destroying the plant with our technology – all in the name of progress.

  • Note the following ways of expressing ‘holding up’ progress:

His progress was hindered by his lack of experience.

The inability of management to decide what it wants has hampered the progress of the plan.

Continuing disagreement to impeding progress towards reform of the educational system.

By refusing to operate the new machines, the print workers were accused of standing in the way of progress.

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