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What is a collocation?

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What is a collocation?

  1. 1. What is a collocation?What is a collocation?
  2. 2. Group of words often used together because they sound ‘natural’: fast car / quick look Understandable? probably. Natural? no
  3. 3. Fixed / Open collocationsFixed / Open collocations Fixed: You must make an effort (not do!) watch TV (not look!) Take a photo Open: stick to / keep to the rules
  4. 4. Why learn collocations?Why learn collocations? They can: give you the most natural way to say sth: smoking is strictly / strongly forbidden. Which one? give you alternative ways of saying sth (repertoire): It was very cold and very dark / It was bitterly cold and pitch dark.

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