Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)
Collocations are words that usually go together in English.
Here we are going to look at words that go with 'drive' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.
Drive is a very versatile word, and can be used as a verb to talk about moving something forward into the desired direction, to describe moving something with force, and to talk about the force or intention behind something. As a noun, 'a drive' describes a trip in a car or vehicle. As an adjective, it describes someone ambitious and motivated. In the following examples, you will see 'drive' being used in these ways as well as in a number of other contexts.
A vehicle that has 'four-wheel drive' is one where the engine supplies power to all four wheels, rather than the usual two. This greatly aids grip and steering, which makes the vehicle much easier to control on rough or difficult surfaces. For that reason, four-wheel drive vehicles tend to be used for off-roading.
Up/down the drive
A 'drive', or 'driveway' is a short, typically private road that leads from a public street or road to a building, usually a house.
When you 'drive carefully', you obey the rules of the road and show proper consideration for other drivers. To 'drive recklessly' means to do the exact opposite, and it can often lead to accident and injury for you and/or others. 'Drive carefully' can also be used as a form of goodbye to somebody departing in a vehicle.