English Collocations | List of Common Collocations

Learn common English collocations with examples.

What is a collocation?

  • A collocation is two or more words that often go together. Some examples are “pay attention”, “fast food”, “make an effort”, and “powerful engine”.
  • Collocations make it easier to avoid overused or ambiguous words like “very”, “nice”, or “beautiful”, by using a pair of words that fits the context better and has a more precise meaning.

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:

Adverb + Adjective


  • Ben and Jane are happily married.
  • You are fully aware that there are serious problems.
  • George was blissfully unaware that he was in danger.

English Collocations | List of Common Collocations

Adjective + Noun


  • 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.

Noun + Noun

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.

Noun + Verb


  • 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.

Verb + Noun (Verb Collocations)


  • They launched the production 1998.
  • The price increase poses a problem for them.
  • The internet has created opportunities for his company.

Verb + Preposition


  • 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.

Verb + Adverb


  • 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.

Noun + Preposition


  • What’s the reason for your unhappiness?
  • Nobody seems to have responsibility for the budget.
  • The police inquiry into the theft continues.

Adjective + Preposition


  • 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.

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