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.



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