Grade 6 | English | Collocations, Word Power (Spellings, Collocation, Jumbled Words), Olympiad, CBSE, ICSE, SOF, ITO
The dictionary meaning of collocation is:
“A word or group of words that occur together frequently (eg: heavy traffic)”.
In the words of learned people:
“A collocation is the combination of two or more words which just sound right when used by native speakers (associated with a person’s place of birth).
In simple words:
“A collocation is a pair or group of words that are often used together. These combinations are used in such a way that they sound natural or genuine to the listener”.
Some combinations just sound “wrong” or “unnatural”. For example: the adjective ‘fast’ collocates correctly with ‘food’ (fast food), but not with ‘meal’ (fast meal) as it sounds unnatural. ‘Quick’ collocates correctly with ‘meal’ (a quick meal), but not with ‘food’ (quick food) as this also sounds unnatural or unpleasant.
The fast Train
The quick Train
Few examples of collocation words:
Need to know collocations:
Types of collocations:
Most commonly used collocation words with examples:
Have a cup of tea, Have lunch.
Save time, Save money.
Make progress, Make money.
Catch a train, Catch a fire.
Get going, Get well soon.
Go home, Go crazy.
Take action, Take a break.
Break a leg, Break a record.
Come to a decision, Come on lets go.
Do your best, Do the needful.
Pay attention, Pay the price.
Keep in touch, Keep quite.
Remember it correctly, Remember me.