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Using Collocations for Natural English

What are collocations and why are they important for learning English? Collocations are words that often go together in a natural way, such as make a decision, heavy rain, or break the law. They are not fixed expressions, but rather common combinations that sound natural to native speakers. Learning collocations can help you improve your fluency and accuracy in English, as well as avoid mistakes and misunderstandings.

There are different types of collocations, such as adjective + noun (strong coffee), verb + noun (catch a bus), or adverb + adjective (deeply disappointed). Some collocations are stronger than others, meaning that they are more fixed and less likely to be changed. For example, you can say make a mistake, but not *do a mistake. Other collocations are weaker, meaning that they are more flexible and can be replaced by synonyms. For example, you can say have a shower or take a shower.


How can you learn collocations and use them correctly? There are several ways to improve your knowledge and skills in using collocations. Here are some tips:

  • Read and listen to authentic English texts and recordings. This will expose you to many natural collocations in different contexts and registers. You can also use online tools such as [Bing] to search for web pages, news articles, images, and videos related to your topic of interest.

  • Use a dictionary and other resources. There are many dictionaries and books that focus on collocations, such as [English Collocations in Use] or [Collocations Extra]. They provide clear explanations, examples, exercises, and quizzes to help you learn and practise collocations. You can also use online tools such as [Bing] to search for the meaning, usage, and frequency of collocations.

  • Find and work on collocations in texts. When you read or listen to English texts, try to identify the collocations and note them down. You can also use online tools such as [Bing] to search for texts that contain specific collocations. Then, you can analyse the collocations and try to use them in your own sentences.

  • Review and revise your collocations regularly. Learning collocations is not a one-time activity, but rather an ongoing process. You need to review and revise your collocations frequently to remember them and use them correctly. You can also use online tools such as [Bing] to test your knowledge of collocations with quizzes and games.

In conclusion, using collocations for natural English is a key skill that can help you communicate more effectively and confidently in English. By following the tips above, you can learn and use collocations in a fun and easy way.

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