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Updated: Sep 22




1. Collocation

A pair of words when often used together is called Collocation. it always sounds natural to native English speakers but English learning students might feel awkward as they don’t have much usage. These students have to make special efforts to learn Collocation.


To learn the vocabulary of any language learning Collocation is important. Some of them are set by rules or they are strong collocations. Usually we say take a photo. And, this usage is natural. However, similar words can be used but it will take the meaning far away. Click a photo is not good as click the camera is good. Stick to the rules.




There are a few pattern of Collocation.

Different types of collocations are made by combining Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs and Verbs.


  • Adverb + Adjective: Happily married, Strongly created, Less effective, Almost probable, Highly consumable…

  • Adverb + Adverb: Just only, Pretty well, Quite near, Quite enough, Quite seldom, Right there…

  • Adverb of degree + Verb: Strongly disagree, Almost agree, Never knew, Quite agree, Partially done…

  • Verb + Adverb of manner: Ride fast, Talk slowly, Explain briefly, Define accurately, Articulate accurately…

  • Verb + Adverb of place : Go there, Run here, Fly everywhere, Live nowhere, Climb up, Stand elsewhere…

  • Verb + Noun: Have a bath, Drive car, Play game, Like fruits, Smell something, Lost key…

  • Verb + Preposition: Break down, Look out, Take off, Run away, Keep up, Look forward, Collide with…

  • Adjective + Noun: Vital information, Accurate calculation, Legitimate writing, Audible speech, Humble man

  • Adjective + preposition: Nice of, Nice to, Angry with, Angry about, Surprised at, Impressed with…

  • Noun + Noun: Bank manager, Swimming pool, Dining table, Frying pan, Washing machine, Health problems…

  • Noun + Preposition: Cheque for, Need for, Advantage of, Increase in, Rise in, Damage to, Key to…


Rajesh Sheth (S. Raja)

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