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.
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