Collocations are two or more words which; when read or spoken, sound natural to native speakers.
The table below shows some of the most commonly used types of collocation:
|Verb + noun||throw a party / accept responsibility|
|Adjective + noun||square meal / grim determination|
|Verb + adjective + noun||take vigorous exercise / make steady progress|
|Adverb + verb||strongly suggest / barely see|
|Adverb + adjective||utterly amazed / completely useless|
|Adverb + adjective + noun||totally unacceptable behaviour|
|Adjective + preposition||guilty of / blamed for / happy about|
|Noun + noun (also known as compound nouns)||pay packet / window frame|
You can also read through this Collocations List for further commonly used English language collocations.