Learn Common Collocation Examples and Different Types of English Collocations.
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Types of English Collocations
There are several different types of collocation made from combinations of verb, noun, adjective, etc. Some of the most common types are:
Adverbs and Adjectives
- Ben and Jane are happily married.
- You are fully aware that there are serious problems.
- George was blissfully unaware that he was in danger.
- It’s deeply competitive and transparent.
- I’m deeply worried about you.
- The train system has been deeply affected.
- I was deeply unhappy.
Adjectives & Nouns
- Joe always wears blue or white or some other bright color.
- We had a brief chat about Iraq but didn’t have time to discuss it properly.
- Unemployment is a major problem for the government these days.
- Jake was my big brother and I admired him.
- His dying was not any big surprise.
- This audition is a big deal for Joey.
- The nonprofit shelters often seem like a big improvement.
- John won big money in Vegas last year.
Nouns & Nouns
There are a lot of collocation with pattern a … of …
- Let’s give Mr. Jones a round of applause.
- The ceasefire agreement came into effect at 11am.
- I’d like to buy two bars of soap.
- Do you know your exact departure time?
- We interviewed the head teacher of the local school.
- Banks get paid retailers each time a debit card is used.
- Young people have gone away to college and taken desk jobs.
Nouns & Verbs
Noun + Verb Collocation Examples
- The economy boomed in 2002.
- The company has grown and now employs over 30 people.
- The company has expanded and now has branches in most major countries.
- They launched the production 1998.
- The price increase poses a problem for them.
- The internet has created opportunities for his company.
- I like to sit down and do the crossword.
- It’s been a pleasure to do business with you.
- Did the flood do much damage?
- I really enjoy doing exercise everyday.
- In my business, we have to do experiments everyday.
- She loves to do laundy.
Verbs & Prepositions
- As Bob went on stage to receive his medal you could see his sister swelling with pride.
- I was filled with horrorwhen I read the newspaper report of the war.
- When she spilt apple-juice on her new blue skirt the little girl burst into tears.
- He works for an engineering company.
- I want to apologize for my mistakes.
- I must write and thank Mary for the present.
- A hotel room is being prepared for them.
- I always ask for an extra tomato sauce on my pizza.
Verbs & Adverbs
- He pulled steadily on the rope and helped her to safety.
- She placedthe beautiful jar gently on the window ledge.
- ‘I love you and want to marry you,’ Michael whispered softly to Clare.
Nouns & Prepositions
- What’s the reason for your unhappiness?
- Nobody seems to have responsibility for the budget.
- The police inquiry into the theft continues.
- His fear of flying made travel difficult.
- I have only a limited understanding of French.
- One major disadvantage of the area is the lack of public transport.
- He was the first to see the possibilities of the plan.
Adjectives & Prepositions
- The town is famous for its cheese.
- I’m quite good at English but I’m bad at maths and I’m terrible at physics.
- You’ll be responsible to the head of the Finance department.
- Some among us were talented in hunting.
- They were successful in winning the contract.
- I don’t feel comfortable in high heels.
- He’s very experienced in looking after animals.
- He’s usually quite polite in my presence.
- My mother is very skilled in dressmaking.
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