Collocation

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So why learn collocations?
* You sound natural and fluent when you speak English.
* English people would understand everything you say.
* You’ll be able to say more things in English.* It is easier for our brains to remember and use language in chunks or blocks rather than as single words.

How to learn collocations
* Be aware of collocations, and try to recognize them whenyou see or hear them.
* Treat collocations as single blocks of language. Think of them as individual blocks or chunks, and learn strongly support, not strongly + support.
* When you learn anew word, write down other words that collocate with it (remember rightly,remember distinctly, remember vaguely, remember vividly).
* Read as much as possible. Reading is an excellent way to learnvocabulary and collocations in context and naturally.
* Revise what you learn regularly. Practice using new collocations in context as soon as possible after learning them.
* Learncollocations in groups that work for you. You could learn them by topic (time, number, weather, money, family) or by a particular word (take action, take a chance, take an exam).
* You can find informationon collocations in any good learner's dictionary. And you can also find specialized dictionaries of collocations.
TYPES OF COLLOCATION
Adverb + Adjective: completely satisfied (NOT downrightsatisfied)
Adjective + Noun: excruciating pain (NOT excruciating joy)
Noun + Noun: a surge of anger (NOT a rush of anger)
Noun + Verb: lions roar (NOT lions shout)
Verb + Noun: commit suicide (NOTundertake suicide)
Verb + Expression With Preposition: burst into tears (NOT blow up in tears)
Verb + Adverb: wave frantically (NOT wave feverishly)

Collocations

Non-native speakers may have problemswith English vocabulary use - in particular with the appropriate combinations of words. This is an aspect of language called collocation. An example of collocation that many learners of English may...
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