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Collocations in English Language: Types of Collocations with Examples (eBook)

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Collocations Dictionary | 6000 Useful Collocations | Example Sentences of Collocations | Collocation exercises

A collocation is a combination of words that are often used together and sound natural together
J.R. Firth, a British linguist first used the term "collocation" in its linguistic sense. These combinations are natural and sound "right" to native English speakers. In contrast, other combinations may be unnatural and sound "wrong".

You should say "light rainfall" and not "skinny rainfall"
You should say "take a printout" and not "perform a printout"
You should say "dog barks” and not “dog yells”
You should say "don’t commit a crime” and not “don’t do a crime”
You should say "sweet memory” and not “syrupy memory”
You should say "strong criticism and not “muscular criticism”

Types of Collocations

Some verbs often have particular adverbs, nouns or prepositions which regularly collocate with them. Likewise, some adjectives often have particular adverbs, nouns or prepositions which regularly collocate with them. Similarly, some nouns often have particular adjectives, adverbs or prepositions which regularly collocate with them.

Following are the main types of collocations:

01. adjective + noun collocations (e.g.: bright future)

02. adjective + preposition collocations
(a). adjective + about (e.g.: sure about)
(b). adjective + at (e.g.: skilled at)
(c). adjective + by (e.g.: shocked by)
(d). adjective + for (e.g.: famous for)
(e). adjective + from (e.g.: different from)
(f). adjective + in (e.g.: fluent in)
(g). adjective + of (e.g.: aware of)
(j). adjective + on/upon (e.g.: intent on)
(i). adjective + to (e.g.: answerable to)
(j). adjective + with (e.g.: impatient with)

03. adverb + adjective collocations (e.g.: keenly awaited)

04. adverb + noun collocations (e.g.: timely justice)

05. adverb + preposition (from/of) collocations (e.g.: far from)

06. adverb + verb collocations (e.g.: legally entitle)

07. noun + adjective collocations (e.g.: disease-free)

08. noun + noun collocations (e.g.: awareness rally)

09. noun + preposition collocations
(a). noun + about (e.g.: confusion about)
(b). noun + against (e.g.: crime against)
(c). noun + at (e.g.: displeasure at)
(d). noun + between (e.g.: connection between)
(e). noun + for (e.g.: approval for)
(f). noun + from (e.g.: exclusion from)
(g). noun + in (e.g.: expert in)
(h). noun + into (e.g.: influx into)
(i). noun + on/upon (e.g.: consent on)
(j). noun + of (e.g.: decline of)
(k). noun + to (e.g.: attempt to)
(l). noun + towards (e.g.: tendency towards)
(m). noun + with (e.g.: discussion with)

10. noun + verb collocations (e.g.: lions roar)

11. verb + adverb collocations (e.g.: decide fast)

12. verb + noun collocations (e.g.: feed the bird)

13. verb + preposition collocations
(a). verb + about (e.g.: argue about)
(b). verb + against (e.g.: conspire against)
(c). verb + at (e.g.: excel at)
(d). verb + between (e.g.: mediate between)
(e). verb + by (e.g.: increase by)
(f). verb + for (e.g.: appear for)
(g). verb + from (e.g.: build from)
(h). verb + in (e.g.: dissolve in)
(i). verb + into (e.g.: carve into)
(j). verb + of (e.g.: disapprove of)
(k). verb + off (e.g.: drain off)
(l). verb + on/upon (e.g.: chew on)
(m). verb + out (e.g.: straighten out)
(n). verb + to (e.g.: apply to)
(o). verb + with (e.g.: bargain with)

14. other useful collocations
(a). adjective + adjective (e.g.: cool-headed)
(b). adjective + adverb (e.g.: close together)
(c). adverb + adverb (e.g.: almost certainly)
(d). noun + adverb (e.g.: environment-friendly)
(e). verb + adjective (e.g.: remain courageous)

About the Author

Manik Joshi was born on January 26, 1979, at Ranikhet, a picturesque town in the Kumaon region of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. He is a permanent resident of the Sheeshmahal area of Kathgodam located in the city of Haldwani in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand in India. He completed his schooling in four different schools. He is a science graduate in the ZBC – zoology, botany, and chemistry – subjects. He is also an MBA with a specialization in marketing. Additionally, he holds diplomas in “computer applications”, “multimedia and web-designing”, and “computer hardware and networking”. During his schooldays, he wanted to enter the field of medical science; however, after graduation, he shifted his focus to the field of management. After obtaining his MBA, he enrolled in a computer education center; he became so fascinated with working on the computer that he decided to develop his career in this field. Over the following years, he worked at some computer-related full-time jobs. Following that, he became interested in Internet Marketing, particularly in domaining (business of buying and selling domain names), web design (creating websites), and various other online jobs. However, later he shifted his focus solely to self-publishing. Manik is a nature-lover. He has always been fascinated by overcast skies. He is passionate about traveling and enjoys solo travel most of the time rather than traveling in groups. He is actually quite a loner who prefers to do his own thing. He likes to listen to music, particularly when he is working on the computer. Reading and writing are definitely his favorite pastimes, but he has no interest in sports. Manik has always dreamt of a prosperous life and prefers to live a life of luxury. He has a keen interest in politics because he believes it is politics that decides everything else. He feels a sense of gratification sharing his experiences and knowledge with the outside world. However, he is an introvert by nature and thus gives prominence to only a few people in his personal life. He is not a spiritual man, yet he actively seeks knowledge about the metaphysical world; he is particularly interested in learning about life beyond death. In addition to writing academic/informational text and fictional content, he also maintains a personal diary. He has always had a desire to stand out from the crowd. He does not believe in treading the beaten path and avoids copying someone else’s path to success. Two things he always refrains from are smoking and drinking; he is a teetotaler and very health-conscious. He usually wakes up before the sun rises. He starts his morning with meditation and exercise. Fitness is an integral and indispensable part of his life. He gets energized by solving complex problems. He loves himself the way he is and he loves the way he looks. He doesn’t believe in following fashion trends. He dresses according to what suits him and what he is comfortable in. He believes in taking calculated risks. His philosophy is to expect the best but prepare for the worst. According to him, you can’t succeed if you are unwilling to fail. For Manik, life is about learning from mistakes and figuring out how to move forward.

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