So for today we got collocations to cover which seems not to be an issue for a native English speaker, but a non- native English speaker has to put in extra efforts to learn them because they are often difficult to guess.
Don’t know what collocations are?
A collocation is a pair or group of words that are often used together to sound more natural like a native.
We make loads of mistakes day in and out while speaking and please don’t get me wrong, I won’t be like your typical English teacher who will point out where should be your adjective and verb while constructing your sentences. Our posts will be majorly on practical English rather than bookish English. In the post below there are two sentences- one in red which shows how non-native English speakers would say about a situation in a particular context, while on the other hand the sentence in green is how a native English speaker would say the sentence in same context. I don’t say all are incorrect, but when it comes to speaking fluently, these collocations or the natural way how natives use particular phrase sounds far better than what we would sound if we just plainly say these particular sentences.
It’s going to be a ride for all English learners and I am already so pumped up from inside that I just can’t wait to start it off, so without further ado let’s get down to the business and see some of collocations to enrich your active vocabulary:
- Highly unlikely
Non-natives say something like this- “I did not think that the car would come my way and hit.”
A native would have said- “It was highly unlikely that the car would hit me.”
- Room for improvement
Non-natives say something like this- “Though you are doing well, you can improve.”
Native would have said- “Though you are doing well, there is room for improvement.”
- Ridiculously expensive
Non-native would say- “I don’t want to go to that mall ever again because the products are so expensive.”
Native say- “I don’t wanna go to that mall again because the items are ridiculously expensive.”
- Strongly object
Non-native would say- “I totally object all the food product companies which use harmful chemical in their products.”
Native would say- “I strongly object all the food product companies who use harmful chemicals in their products.”
- Dash your hope
Non-natives- “Loosing the stage competition made me give up my hopes of becoming a great musician.”
Natives say- “Loosing the stage competition dashed my hopes of becoming a great musician.”
- Hasty decisions
Non-natives say- “He made a decision very fast which made him regret his mistakes down the line”
Natives say- “He made a hasty decision which made him regret his mistakes down the line.”
- Spectacular failure
Non-natives say- “Although the producer had put millions of dollar, the film failed very badly.”
Natives say-“Although the producer has put millions of dollar, the film was a spectacular failure.”
- Share someone’s opinion
Non-natives say- “I think Harry’s is correct that clay works best for thick hair.”
Natives say-“I share Harry’s opinion that clay works best for thick hair.”
- Casual link
Non-natives say-“Population is responsible for the poverty all over the place.”
Natives say- “There is a casual link between population and poverty all over the place.”
- Offer insight
Non-natives say- “I am glad that I subscribed to Your English Vocabulary, it gives deep knowledge of every English topic for free.”
Natives say- “I am glad that I subscribed to Your English Vocabulary, it offers a deep insight of every topic for free.”
Now what to do- here’s is the exercise for you.
Go through each of the given collocations and notice how native English speakers use it.
Repeat the same process after one day and see how many you remember.
Practice the same for four to five consecutive times till the time it doesn’t become your active vocabulary.
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