Why collocations are important

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edited August 2017 in Writing
For your speaking and writing test, collocation is important.

'Collocation' refers to the order that words go together.  In other words, the order sounds 'right' to native English speakers - it's the correct combination of words.

A student wrote:
When she or he is a child, learning is usually fun not a duty. 
The problem is with 'she or he'.  In English the correct collocation is 'he or she'.

There are many collocations.  One website claims there are 150,000!  Let's see if you know these...

Match the words in column A with the word in column B

A

B

light

talker

early

taker

fast

idea

risk

riser

vague

sleeper


Answers:

light sleeper
early riser
fast talker
risk taker


To learn more collocations, check out the attachment which contains 2469!  Good luck B)  

For some extra practice, click here.


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