FCE English in Use: Collocations (1)

First of all, we would like to thank everybody who took part in our survey. Based on the feedback we received, we have decided to start a series of posts on word partnerships or collocations as they are usually called.

It seems that many of you are struggling with the FCE Use of English paper as you are not always familiar with how words partner up.

So, what is a collocation? It is a pair or group of words that are often used together. Collocations can be divided into three groups:

  • Strong collocations: collocations where the words are very closely associate with each other
  • Fixed collocations: collocations that cannot be changed in any way
  • Weak collocations: collocations that are made up of words that collate with many different other words

There are many different grammatical categories of collocations, of which these are some of the most common:

  • adjective + noun
  • adverb + adjectives
  • noun + noun
  • noun + verb
  • verb + adverb
  • verb + noun
  • verb + prepositional phrase

As we progress through this series, we will be touching on all of these subjects. In the meantime, why not revise your vocabulary building skills by visiting these posts:

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