300+ Adjective Noun Combinations in English

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Adjective Noun Collocations

Adjective Noun Combinations
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  • Absolute agony
  • Absolute despair
  • Active ingredient
  • Alphabetical order
  • Alternative energy
  • Alternative medicine
  • Artificial limb
  • Back pay
  • Back road
  • Back street
  • Back taxes
  • Bad breath
  • Bad diet
  • Bad habit
  • Bad loser
  • Bad mood
  • Bad temper
  • Balanced diet
  • Bare essentials
  • Basic right
  • Best friends
  • Big brother | big sister
  • Big deal
  • Big decision
  • Big decision
  • Big disappointment
  • Big dreamer
  • Big drinker
  • Big eater
  • Big improvement
  • Big mistake
  • Big money
  • Big surprise
  • Big talker
  • Blind faith
  • Blind loyalty
  • Blind obedience
  • Blond hair
  • Brief chat
  • Bright color
  • Bright future
  • Bright idea
  • Broken home
  • Casual clothes
  • Casual relationship
  • Certain amount
  • Chilly day / night / wind chilly weather
  • Chilly reception
  • Clear message
  • Clear understanding
  • Clean energy
  • Common knowledge
  • Common language
  • Complete agreement
  • Complete idiot
  • Daily life
  • Dead body
  • Dead end
  • Dead-end job
  • Deadly weapon
  • Deafening silence
  • Deep depression
  • Deep devotion
  • Deep feeling
  • Deep pockets
  • Deep sleep
  • Deep thought
  • Deep trouble
  • Detailed description
  • Direct flight
  • Direct quote
  • Dirty joke
  • Dirty laundry
  • Dirty player
  • Distant relative
  • Dual nationality
  • Early days
  • Early night
  • Early riser
  • Early start
  • Easy answer
  • Easy money
  • Easy question
  • Economic growth
  • Educational game
  • Empty promises
  • Empty words
  • Entry-level job
  • Equal rights
  • Essential services
  • Ethical investment
  • Ethical standards
  • Ethnic minority
  • Ethnic tensions
  • Even number
  • Excruciating pain
  • Express bus/coach/train
  • Express service / mail
  • Express wish / aim / purpose
  • Fair deal
  • False impression
  • False teeth
  • Familiar face
  • Fatal accident
  • Fatal mistake
  • Flat battery
  • Flat tyre
  • Foreign policy
  • Free speech
  • Free spirit
  • Front door
  • Front page
  • Front row
  • Front seat
  • Good cause
  • Good chance
  • Good company
  • Good deal
  • Good luck
  • Good time
  • Great admiration
  • Great anger
  • Great deal of
  • Great detail
  • Great disappointment
  • Great enjoyment
  • Great excitement
  • Great failure
  • Great fun
  • Great happiness
  • Great joy
  • Great length
  • Great number
  • Great power
  • Great pride
  • Great quantity
  • Great sensitivity
  • Great skill
  • Great strength
  • Great understanding
  • Great wealth
  • Growing number (of)
  • Guilty conscience
  • Guilty party
  • Happy ending
  • Happy hour
  • Hard day
  • Hard exam
  • Hard job
  • Hard life / evidence / drugs
  • Hard work
  • Healthy diet
  • Heavy book / bag / suitcase / load
  • Heavy coat / sweater
  • Heavy drinker
  • Heavy drinker
  • Heavy features
  • Heavy losses
  • Heavy meal
  • Heavy rain
  • Heavy schedule
  • Heavy sleeper
  • Heavy smoker/drinker
  • Heavy snow
  • Heavy traffic
  • Heavy traffic / rain / snow
  • Heavy week
List of Adjective Noun Combinations
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  • Heavy workload
  • Hidden extras
  • High level
  • High quality
  • High standard
  • High/low cost
  • High/low density
  • High/low energy
  • High/low esteem
  • High/low expectation (of)
  • High/low level (of)
  • High/low opinion
  • High/low pressure
  • High/low price
  • High/low quality
  • High/low speed
  • Honest mistake
  • Human cost
  • Human error
  • Human life
  • Icy wind
  • Ill effects
  • Ill health
  • Immediate action
  • Immediate family
  • Immediate future
  • Innocent victim
  • Inside information
  • Intense pressure
  • Internal injury
  • Internal organ
  • Irreparable damage
  • Joint account
  • Joint effort
  • Joint owners
  • Just cause
  • Key issue
  • Key role
  • Large amount
  • Large number (of)
  • Large population
  • Large proportion
  • Large quantity
  • Large scale
  • Late night
  • Legal advice
  • Level playing-field
  • Level teaspoon
  • Liquid refreshments
  • Little brother/ little sister
  • Live music
  • Living things
  • Long time
  • Long way
  • Loved one
  • Maiden voyage
  • Main course
  • Main road
  • Main thing
  • Major problem
  • Married couple
  • Mass market
  • Medical care
  • Medical history
  • Mental illness
  • Missing in action
  • Mixed feelings
  • Moral obligation
  • Mysterious circumstances
  • Nasty habit
  • Nasty shock
  • Native country
  • Native speaker
  • Natural causes
  • Natural disaster
  • Natural resources
  • Negative attitude
  • Nervous wreck
  • Net profit
  • Net result
  • Net worth
  • New generation
  • New job
  • Next time
  • Next-door neighbors
  • Nice time
  • Non-stop flight
  • Occupational hazard
  • Odd number
  • Odd socks
  • Old age
  • Old friend
  • Opening hours
  • Optional extras
  • Organic farming
  • Overall effect
  • Painful memory
  • Painful reminder
  • Personal belongings
  • Political prisoner
  • Poor eyesight
  • Poor health
  • Popular belief
  • Private life
  • Public opinion
  • Quick fix
  • Quick reply
  • Quiet life
  • Quiet night
  • Racial discrimination
  • Radical reform
  • Rainy day
  • Rave review
  • Real life
  • Real wages
  • Reasonable explanation
  • Regular exercise
  • Rhetorical question
  • Rich colors / sounds / smells / tastes
  • Rich history / culture / vocabulary
  • Rich person
  • Rich sauce / cake
  • Rough draft
  • Rough estimate
  • Rough idea
  • Round number
  • Runny nose
  • Safe distance
  • Serious accident
  • Serious illness
  • Serious injury
  • Severe penalty
  • Severe pressure
  • Severe rain/shortage
  • Severe weather/winter
  • Speedy recovery
  • Steady job
  • Steady relationship
  • Stiff competition
  • Strong accent
  • Strong coffee / cheese
  • Strong criticism
  • Strong denial
  • Strong influence
  • Strong person / animal / wind / current
  • Strong smell / taste / colour / accent/sense
  • Strong supporter / opponent
  • Strong view
  • Tight grip
  • Tight schedule
  • Total bliss
  • Total ecstasy
  • Total madness
  • Ulterior motive
  • Uncertain future
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Urban sprawl
  • Utter catastrophe
  • Utter loathing
  • Vague idea
  • Vague memory
  • Valid point
  • Valid reason
  • Valuable contribution
  • Valuable information
  • Valuable lesson
  • Violent movie
  • Visiting hours
  • Vital organs
  • Vital role
  • Weak point
  • Wear and tear
  • Welcome change
  • Wild animal
  • Wrong number
  • Wrong way
  • Young child
  • Young couple
  • Young person
  • Zero tolerance
  • Zero visibility
Combinations of Adjective and Noun
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Examples of Adjective Noun Collocations

List of adjective and noun combinations from A to Z with example sentences.

Adjective Noun Combinations (A)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with A.

Absolute agony

  • It’s not very nice when you see a grown man cry and he was in absolute agony.

Absolute despair

  • I can’t remember the last time I travelled to a game in such trepidation, absolute despair.

Active ingredient

  • The only active ingredient in this medicine is aspirin.

Alphabetical order

  • The names are listed in alphabetical order.

Alternative energy

  • She is in favor of exploring alternative energy sources in the state.

Alternative medicine

  • Alternative medicine has been gaining credence in recent years.

Artificial limb

  • If you are missing an arm or leg, an artificial limb can sometimes replace it.

Adjective Noun Combinations (B)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with B.

Back pay

  • The workers are demanding their back pay.

Back road

  • Kadi tried a back road, but his mother died on the way.

Back street

  • Cruising the back streets, we found the kind of place we like.

Back taxes

  • Yet he owes over $ 32, 000 in back taxes.

Bad breath

  • Smoking gives you bad breath.

Bad habit

  • Biting your nails is a bad habit.

Bad loser

  • You’re just a bad loser Phil, that’s your problem.

Bad mood

  • The news had put him in a bad mood.

Bad temper

  • Kelly ruled by his bad temper.

Balanced diet

  • It is important to have a balanced diet.

Bare essentials

  • We only had the bare essentials.

Basic right

  • The law recognises a man’s basic right to defend his home and his property.

Best friend

  • Fiona was my best friend.

Big brother | big sister

  • Jake was my big brother and I admired him.

Big deal

  • This audition is a big deal for Joey.

Big decision

  • Marriage is a big decision.

Big disappointment

  • For us it is a big disappointment.

Big dreamer

  • Do you know I’m a big dreamer.

Big drinker

  • He was a big personality, a big drinker, a womanizer, and a wild man,” Ford said.

Big eater

  • She wrote in her diary that he was not a big eater and that “down there, his vitals were missing.

Big improvement

  • The nonprofit shelters often seem like a big improvement.

Big mistake

  • They made a big mistake.

Big money

  • John won big money in Vegas last year.

Big surprise

  • His dying was not any big surprise.

Big talker

  • It isn’t easy for me; I’m a big talker.

Blind faith

  • He believes that our blind faith in technology is misplaced.

Blind loyalty

  • Sarah was criticized for her blind loyalty to her husband.

Blind obedience

  • With blind obedience, I allowed my father to organize my life.

Blond hair

  • She’s got a blond hair.

Brief chat

  • My manager said he wanted to have a brief chat with me.

Bright color

  • We used a lot of neon and bold bright colors.

Bright future

  • Abani is a first novelist with a very bright future.

Broken home

  • She is the product of a broken home.

Adjective Noun Collocations (C)

List of adjective + noun combinations that start with C.

Casual clothes

  • Students were able to wear casual clothes.

Casual relationship

  • I just want a casual relationship with him.

Certain amount

  • You have a certain amount of freedom to explore new techniques.

Chilly day / night / wind chilly weather

  • It’s a chilly day.

Clear message

  • The clear message coming from the government is that they are getting tough on crime.

Clear understanding

  • Success depends on a clear understanding of the problem.

Clean energy

  • Iceland possesses sufficient quantities of clean energy sources that it does not need to rely on fossil fuels.

Common knowledge

  • Their affair is common knowledge.

Common language

  • Most of the countries of South America share a common language: Spanish.

Complete agreement

  • We were in complete agreement.

Complete idiot

  • I felt a complete idiot.

Adjective Noun Collocations (D)

List of adjective + noun combinations that start with D.

Daily life

  • Commuting is a part of daily life for many people.

Dead body

  • I am afraid of a dead body.

Dead silence

  • There was a gasp from Peter and then a dead silence.

Dead-end job

  • Waitressing was a dead-end job.

Deadly weapon

  • A knife is a deadly weapon.

Deep breath

  • She took a deep breath.

Deep depression

  • He sank into a deep depression.

Deep devotion

  • We will miss his deep devotion to our congregation and his family.

Deep feeling

  • He’s truly a man of principle, and of deep feeling.

Deep pocket

  • For investors with deep pockets, the Berlin property market is attractive.

Deep sleep

  • She was woken from a deep sleep by a ring at the door.

Deep thought

  • Working alone provides concentration and time for deep thought.

Deep trouble

  • The economy is in deep trouble.

Detailed description

  • You can read a detailed description of the products on their Web site.

Direct action

  • Peaceful direct action by pressure groups has a powerful effect on public opinion.

Direct flight

  • This is the first direct flight to Tokyo.

Direct quote

  • Article is a mess, particularly with overuse of direct quotes.

Dirty joke

  • I wish he wouldn’t tell dirty jokes.

Dirty laundry

  • There was a pile of dirty laundry on his bed.

Dirty player

  • She’s a dirty player.

Distant relative

  • Beyond this close circle are more distant relatives and casual friends.

Dual nationality

  • She has dual nationality.

Adjective Noun Collocations (E)

List of adjectives and nouns combinations that start with E.

Early days

  • It’s early days yet. We don’t know if the play will be a success.

Early night

  • I think I’ll have an early night.

Early riser

  • Wish out loud that you’d rather be an early riser.

Early start

  • An early start enabled us to avoid the traffic.

Easy answer

  • That’s an easy answer.

Easy money

  • He started stealing as a way of making easy money.

Easy question

  • That’s a really easy question.

Economic growth

  • The economic growth dipped to a low point last year.

Educational technology

  • For educational technology to be used effectively, it has to be planned and managed well.

Empty promise

  • I didn’t make any empty promises.

Entry-level job

  • We need to create more entry-level jobs for people with the fewest job skills who need opportunities the most.

Equal rights

  • Women demanded equal rights.

Essential services

  • The law prohibits workers in essential services from striking.

Ethical investment

  • Ethical investment funds typically avoid military manufacturers, oil companies and tobacco producers.

Ethnic minority

  • The government worked out special plans for the integration of ethnic minorities into the society.

Express bus/coach/train

  • Express bus service permits were issued freely without regard to passenger traffic.

Adjective Noun Collocations (F)

List of adjective noun combinations that start with F.

Fair deal

  • To get a fair deal you need to be fully aware of your legal entitlements.

False impression

  • Many people got the false impression she didn’t care.

False teeth

  • The worst thing is that your false teeth keep falling out on the dancefloor.

Familiar face

  • I couldn’t see any familiar faces in the room.

Fatal accident

  • This is a fatal accident.

Flat battery

  • The car’s got a flat battery.

Flat tyre

  • I had a flat tyre on the way home.

Foreign policy

  • Support for human rights is a key element in our foreign policy.

Free speech

  • The demonstrators were demanding rights of assembly and free speech.

Free spirit

  • I like to think of myself as a free spirit.

Front door

  • A gust of wind blew the front door shut.

Front page

  • The newspaper report was on the front page.

Front row

  • He took the outside of the front row away from Michael Andretti.

Front seat

  • The one in the front seat pressed a gun to her chest.

Adjective Noun Collocations (G)

List of adjective + noun combinations that start with G.

Good cause

  • The function took a lot of organizing, but was all in a good cause.

Good chance

  • Nowadays a premature baby has a very good chance of survival.

Good company

  • The children are very good company at this age.

Good deal

  • I’m feeling a good deal better.

Good idea

  • It would be a good idea to call before we leave.

Good luck

  • Good luck! I hope it goes well.

Good time

  • Mike and I shared some really good times.

Great admiration

  • I read the book, when it came out, with great admiration; the movie is even better.

Great anger

  • That move has prompted great anger across the country.

Great deal of

  • The paintings cost a great deal of money.

Great detail

  • He would describe it in great detail.

Great disapointment

  • “Julie was a great disappointment to her,” Mr. Gurian said.

Great enjoyment

  • In my own work, I take great enjoyment playing off formality- making something predictable feel subversive.

Great excitement

  • Sofia always prepared for it with great excitement.

Great failure

  • The meeting between reader and writer was a great failure.

Great fun

  • He relaxed and was great fun.

Great happiness

  • It gives us great happiness that we can see all of them today.

Great joy

  • Friends found great joy in his humor.

Great length

  • Both our guys have great length and height.

Great number

  • A great number of such marriages end in divorce.

Great power

  • Writer shows how the reporters did not wield great power.

Great pride

  • He took great pride in their many accomplishments.

Great quantity

  • The Internet enables the search for a great quantity of information.

Great sensitivity

  • I have a great sensitivity to kids.

Great skill

  • He is a chef of great skill and intelligence.

Great strength

  • She was a woman of valor and great strength.

Great understanding

  • He’s got a great understanding of this offense.

Great wealth

  • He soon acquired great wealth and power.

Guilty party

  • The guilty party may be guilty but they have provided a service.
English Collocations: Adjective and Noun
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Adjective Noun Combinations (H)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with H.

Happy ending

  • This is a story with a happy ending.

Happy hour

  • All in all, it promises to be a huge weekend with a happy hour and disco etal.

Hard day

  • It’s been a long hard day and I’ve been working very hard.

Hard exam

  • It was a hard exam and the final question was really hard.

Hard life/ evidence/drugs

  • They had a hard life and worked through hard times.

Hard work

  • Looking after children can be hard work.

Healthy diet

  • It is certainly part of a healthy diet, we make that clear.

Heavy drinker

  • She became a heavy drinker in her midteens.

Heavy features

  • He was tall and strong with heavy features.

Heavy losses

  • The company’s heavy losses will lead to many redundancies.

Heavy meal

  • It was a very heavy meal – far too much meat and not enough vegetables or salads.

Heavy rain

  • The match was played in heavy rain.

Heavy schedule

  • Let’s go to bed. We’ve got a heavy schedule tomorrow.

Heavy sleeper

  • Don’t stay up too late, you’ll be a heavy sleeper!

Heavy smoker/drinker

  • He’s been a heavy smoker and drinker all his adult life.

Heavy snow

  • Heavy snow is forecast for Scotland.

Heavy traffic

  • It has been widely praised for reducing heavy traffic in the city.

Heavy week

  • I’ve had a really heavy week – I’ve got a really heavy timetable this term.

Heavy workload

  • She’s struggling to cope with the heavy workload.

Hidden extras

  • Be careful, there may be hidden extras.

High quality

  • These are leather goods of high quality.

High standard

  • We aim to maintain high standards of customer care.

High/low cost

  • We paid a high cost for that.

High/low density

  • High density represents phloem poles.

High/low energy

  • We really need high energy.

High/low esteem

  • Am I a woman of independence and high esteem?

High/low expectation (of)

  • The team has high expectation of itself and enjoys the big occasion.

High/low level (of)

  • There should be a high level of concern, he said.

High/low opinion

  • They have a high opinion of the court.

High/low pressure

  • High pressure and high intensity really worked for us.

High/low price

  • It won’t pay the high price.

High/low quality

  • What do you think makes a quality product?

High/low speed

  • Does driving high speed on low gear damage the car?

Human error

  • The government later said that the crash was caused by human error.

Human life

  • I am the last person to undervalue even one human life.
Adjective and Noun Combinations List in English
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Adjective Noun Combinations (I)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with I.

Icy wind

  • Fans braved icy winds to watch the match.

Ill effects

  • Despite her ordeal, she seems to have suffered no ill effects.

Ill health

  • He had to retire due to ill health.

Immediate family

  • Only her immediate family knew she had heart disease.

Immediate future

  • There will be no major changes in the immediate future.

Immediate response

  • At times, these images may be so powerful as to demand an immediate response.

Innocent victim

  • All these people are innocent victims.

Inside information

  • He was accused of trading on inside information.

Intense pressure

  • He has refused to step down in the face of intense pressure.

Internal injury

  • He was coughing blood, a sign that he had internal injuries.

Internal organ

  • She died after suffering serious damage to internal organs.

Irreparable damage

  • His eyesight suffered irreparable damage.

Adjective Noun Combinations (J)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with J.

Joint account

  • My husband and I have a joint account.

Joint effort

  • We had many fine individual performances, but the win was a real joint effort.

Joint owners

  • Should he change the deed to make us joint owners?

Adjective Noun Combinations (K)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with K.

Key issue

  • This is a key issue; we need more time to think about it.

Key role

  • The report recognized the key role of teachers.

Adjective Noun Combinations (L)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with L.

Large amount

  • There is a large amount of bureaucracy,” agrees Bleay.

Large number (of)

  • A large number of drinks are consumed.

Large population

  • Large population centres are ethnically diverse.

Large proportion

  • A large proportion of the islands of Asia are mountainous.

Large quantity

  • Police said a large quantity of plants had been recovered.

Large scale

  • That’s a large scale indeed.

Late night

  • She doesn’t like to walk home late at night.

Legal advice

  • Good legal advice can be expensive.

Liquid refreshments

  • There were times when a few drops of liquid refreshment passed their lips.

Little brother | little sister

  • My little brother is a doctor.

Live music

  • Live music can sound very different from recorded music.

Living things

  • The sun affects all living things.

Long time

  • I first met Jennifer a long time ago.

Long way

  • I was still a long way from home.

Loved one

  • Many people feel guilty after the death of a loved one.

Adjective Noun Combinations (M)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with M.

Maiden voyage

  • The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.

Main course

  • These are all main course salads.

Main road

  • The main road was blocked for twenty-five minutes.

Major problem

  • He’s got a major problem with his hooves.

Married couple

  • They are a newly married couple.

Mass market

  • We sell these clothes to the mass market in department stores and to high earners in boutiques.

Medical care

  • The area is underserved for medical care.

Medical history

  • Your doctor will ask for your medical history.

Mental illness

  • The centre provides help for people suffering from mental illness.

Mixed feelings

  • She had mixed feelings about giving up her job.

Moral obligation

  • We have a moral obligation to protect the environment.

Mysterious circumstances

  • The ship sank in mysterious circumstances.
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Adjective Noun Combinations (N)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with N.

Nasty habit

  • He had the nasty habit of eating with his mouth open.

Nasty shock

  • Come and sit down. You’ve had a nasty shock.

Native country

  • After five years in America, she returned to her native country, Japan.

Native speaker

  • For the spoken language, students are taught by native speakers.

Natural causes

  • He died from natural causes, believed to be a heart attack.

Natural disaster

  • Los Angeles will be hit by another terrible natural disaster.

Natural resources

  • We must preserve our natural resources.

Negative attitude

  • Many teenagers have a very negative attitude towards cooking.

Nervous wreck

  • The attack had left her a nervous wreck.

Net profit

  • The company made a net profit of $10.5 million.

Net result

  • The net result of all these changes is that schools should be able to deliver a better service to pupils.

Net worth

  • At that time, the company had assets of $5.9 million and a net worth of $11,000.

New generation

  • This is a new generation of vehicle.

New job

  • I’m thinking of applying for a new job.

Next-door neighbours

  • Our next-door neighbours say they’ll look after our cat for us while we’re away.

Nice time

  • I was having a nice time here for about three days.

Non-stop flight

  • This is the first non-stop flight to Tokyo.
Adjective Noun Collocations in English
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Adjective Noun Combinations (O)

List of adjective noun collocations that start with O.

Occupational hazard

  • Eye strain is an occupational hazard if you work in front of a computer.

Odd job

  • Sam does odd jobs for friends and neighbours.

Odd socks

  • He was wearing odd socks – one blue one and one black one.

Old age

  • When you get to old age, everything seems to take longer.

Opening hours

  • It has opening hours from 05 : 30 to 23 : 00.

Optional extras

  • Although the heater was standard, the radio was still an optional extra.

Organic farming

  • Organic farming techniques and success story of a farmer were also shown.

Overall effect

  • The overall effect of the painting is overwhelming.

Adjective Noun Combinations (P)

List of adjective noun collocations that start with P.

Painful memory

  • He sobbed as he relived the painful memory.

Painful reminder

  • This violence is a painful reminder that peace is still a long way away.

Personal belongings

  • You should be given a private locker to store your personal belongings.

Political prisoner

  • The total number of political prisoners to be released is 74.

Poor eyesight

  • They have poor eyesight, but keen senses of hearing, smell, and touch.

Poor health

  • He had been in poor health since suffering a stroke last year.

Popular belief

  • Contrary to popular belief, birds need more than just seed.

Private life

  • In their private life, he’s afraid of her.

Public opinion

  • I think public opinion is that no one condones these places.

Adjective Noun Combinations (Q)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with Q.

Quick fix

  • This is just not another quick fix with a bucket of sand.

Quiet life

  • She lived a quiet life in the countryside.

Quiet night

  • He says he’s really tired or he wants a quiet night.

Adjective Noun Combinations (R)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with R.

Racial discrimination

  • All of our decisions are free of any kind of racial discrimination.

Rainy day

  • It’s a cold rainy day in October.

Rapturous reception

  • He was given a rapturous reception.

Rave review

  • They are bound to earn rave reviews from all who indulge.

Real life

  • I love that sense of revelation just like in real life.

Real wages

  • Official statistics show real wages declining by 24%.

Regular exercise

  • Regular exercise helps keep your weight down.

Rhetorical question

  • His critics even smile in anticipation of a rhetorical question meeting with a devastating reply.

Rich person

  • A rich person is seldom in want of a friend.

Rough draft

  • We send over rough drafts and they try to figure it out.

Rough estimate

  • I can give you a rough estimate of the amount of wood you will need.

Rough idea

  • Can you give me a rough idea of how much the repairs will cost?

Round number

  • A hundred pounds is a good round number.

Runny nose

  • A runny nose may be the result of an allergic reaction.

Rapturous reception

  • He was given a rapturous reception.
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Adjective Noun Combinations (S)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with S.

Safe distance

  • You should keep a safe distance from the car in front.

Serious accident

  • The road is closed following a serious accident.

Serious illness

  • Her husband was in hospital for six months with a serious illness.

Serious injury

  • He says that the allegations caused serious injury to his reputation.

Severe penalty

  • The magistrate imposed severe penalties – they were severely punished.

Severe pressure

  • We are under severe pressure to reduce the wage bill and make 500 workers redundant.

Severe rain/shortage

  • The heavy rain caused severe damage to crops and, later on, a severe shortage of food.

Severe weather/winter

  • The severe weather/severe winter meant that hundreds of schools had to be closed.

Speedy recovery

  • We wish him a speedy recovery.

Steady job

  • I haven’t had a steady job since last March.

Steady relationship

  • It was his first steady relationship.

Stiff competition

  • There is stiff competition between the three leading soap manufacturers.

Strong accent

  • She speaks English quite well but with a strong French accent.

Strong coffee / cheese

  • I needed some strong coffee to wake me up.

Strong criticism

  • The planned sale had attracted strong criticism from some farmers.

Strong denial

  • If you don’t have a strong denial mechanism, try waking up in your bed at 3am when there are no distractions.

Strong influence

  • Martina Hingis has always exerted a strong influence on the way I play tennis.

Strong supporter / opponent

  • He was a strong supporter of co-education.

Strong view

  • I don’t have very strong views on this and I had some support.

Adjective Noun Combinations (T)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with T.

Terrible conscience

  • I have a terrible conscience about it.

Tight grip

  • The recession could be avoided if business keeps a tight grip on its costs.

Tight schedule

  • It was an alarmingly tight schedule.

Total bliss

  • It’s just total bliss.

Total ecstasy

  • Her eyes are closed, and the girl seems lost in total ecstasy or even in deep sleep.

Total madness

  • It’s a revolution, and it’s total madness,” says Internet telephony guru Jeff Pulver.

Adjective Noun Combinations (U)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with U.

Ulterior motive

  • He’s just being nice. I don’t think he has any ulterior motives.

Uncertain future

  • After he is gone, we face a highly uncertain future.

Unfair dismissal

  • He still hopes to win his claim against unfair dismissal.

Urban sprawl

  • Some bears have traveled up to 40 miles into the urban sprawl.

Utter catastrophe

  • People fear most an utter catastrophe on the financial side.

Adjective Noun Combinations (V)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with V.

Vague memory

  • I have only a vague memory of what the house looked like.

Valid point

  • I think that’s a valid point.

Valid reason

  • I had a perfectly valid reason for being there.

Valuable contribution

  • Muriel has made a valuable contribution to our company’s success.

Valuable information

  • I would like to share this very valuable information to my customers.

Violent movie

  • Children should not be allowed to watch violent movies.

Visiting hours

  • The people who beat us came to the hospital in visiting hours.

Vital organs

  • The judiciary and the others are vital organs of the new democracy.

Vital role

  • The police play a vital role in our society.

Adjective Noun Combinations (W, Y, Z)

List of adjective + noun collocations that start with W, Y, Z.

Weak point

  • There are some weak points in her argument.

Wild animal

  • In my opinion, wild animals should not be kept in zoos.

Wrong number

  • I expected to be told that I had the wrong number.

Young person

  • It’s a group of young people.

Zero visibility

  • With the strong wind and snow, there is practically zero visibility.

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