response collocations

response collocations


positive response

The response to the proposal, in the main, has been very positive. Everyone I’ve spoken to is in favour.

enthusiastic response

There was an enthusiastic response to my suggestion that we go camping for the weekend. Everybody’s really excited about the idea.

initial response

When I heard what he said about me, my initial response was one of anger.

satisfactory response

If I don’t receive a satisfactory response from you, I will be forced to put this matter into the hands of my solicitor.

mixed response

The council’s decision to subsidize public transport has met with a mixed response. Those who use the buses think it is a great idea, but most car owners are against it.

disappointing response

The response to our appeal for help has been rather disappointing. Very few people have come forward.


Quiet = a muted response

Fast = an immediate response

Not enthusiastic = a lukewarm response

Good = a favourable response


The school has changed some of its teaching methods in response to criticism in the latest report by government inspectors.

Millions of people gave freely in response to the appeal for the victims of the famine in East Africa.

In response to complaints about the number of minor accidents in its factory, the company has decided to review its safety procedures.

Management have reduced the working week to 38 hours in response to pressure from the unions.

The school is delighted with the response to its appeal to raise 10,000$.

The marketing people are disappointed with the poor response to their TV adverts.

I was totally unprepared for his response. He actually hit me!

Have you had any response yet to your letter of resignation?

What’s the response been like from the people you work with?



  • Note the verbs that we use to describe getting a response:

Plans to reduce the workforce have produced an angry response from union leaders.

The speech provoked an angry response from teachers and community leaders.

The proposed shopping centre met with an angry response from local residents.

  • Notice these examples of an initial / immediate response:

When anything goes wrong, his immediate response is to blame other people. I wish he would stop and think before opening his mouth!

What do you think the initial response will be to this announcement?

  • If you make no response to somebody, you ignore them or say nothing.
  • Note this formal expression in business letters:

I am writing in response to your letter of May 12th.

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