1．What is a collocation?
Collocation means a natural combination of words; it refers to the way English are closely associated with each other.
For example, do and homework go together,
as do make and mistakes;
tall goes with man/woman
and high with mountain.
A collocation is a pair or group of words that are often used together.
These combinations sound natural to native speakers.
However,students learning English have to make a special effort to learn them because they are often difficult to guess.
Some combinations just sound “wrong” to native speakers of English.
→fast cars /
→fast food /
2. Learning collocation is learning vocabulary
Learning collocation is an important part of learning vocabulary.
Some collocations are fixed, or very strong.
For example, take a photo where no word other than take collocates with photo to five the same meaning.
Did you watch TV last night?
You must make an effort and study for your exams.
Sometimes, a pair of words may not be absolutely wrong.
People will understand what is meant.
However, it may not be the natural, normal collocation.
3. Why learn collocation?
When you learn collocations, you can
1)give you the most natural way to say something
2)give you alternative ways of saying something
3)improve your style in writing