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English collocations

English collocations

Collocation is a sequence of words that often occur together, because they sound correct and natural. Similar combination of words describing the same thing or situation might sound unnatural or even funny.

What could be the result?
As a result, it may have a negative impact on your confidence to speak in English. Therefore good knowledge of English collocations and phrases is of vital importance. It will help you speak more fluently with higher confidence and your English will sound more natural.

Collocation types and examples

For example we say “fast food” rather than “quick food” or “to do the homework” rather than “to make the homework”. These are examples of adjective + noun collocations. There are several forms of collocations in English. The most common types along with some examples are described in the following table:

verb + noun catch a bus, make a call,
do a homework, take a photo
verb + adverb regret deeply, disagree strongly,
deny completely, accuse falsely
adjective + noun heavy rain, strong supporter,
fast car, quick shower
adverb + adjective bitterly angry, deeply concerned,
widely acceptable, highly appreciated
noun + noun round of drinks, sense of humor, smell of success, bar of soap

Collocations versus phrasal verbs / idioms

Unlike phrasal verbs or idioms, collocations are quite easily understood. That makes them a little bit easier to learn. However, the best way to learn them quickly and correctly is to read a lot of examples. So scroll down and check out our list of English collocations.

Remember that some English collocations you will simply have to memorize – just like learning new vocabulary. In other cases, though, the collocation may come naturally and you will understand and learn it by reading and listening. Therefore it’s strongly advisable (another nice example of adverb + adjective collocation) that you read a lot of news articles where you can learn many real-life English collocations.

English collocations

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