Are you making these Collocation mistakes?

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Are you making these Collocation mistakes?

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

Well…To tell you the truth, I was about post a list of 10 useful collocations and explain them to you, but while I was shopping online today I saw a review from a non- native (I guessed it already from the name, moreover he mentioned which country he belonged to, so he was definitely a non native) and I could not help pending that article aside and writing this one.

Correcting your mistake is way more important than learning a new list of collocations. It’s always my code to live by and  I truly believe it should be the code of every English learner.

I didn’t shop though, just scoured through many other reviews on different products and many other social platforms and found these collocation mistakes which non native still make. So without beating around the bush (Click here!), let’s see some and see if you making one or more of them:

Collocation mistakes you may be making!!!
  •  I would totally recommend this product to all the users who are facing skin problems.
Explanation

I noticed many of non-natives using ‘totally recommend’ many a times in their spoken English, which is not a correct phrase to say. The right collocation which will fit in this sentence is ‘highly recommend’.

So the correct sentence would be:

  •  I would highly recommend this product to all the users who are facing skin problems.

 

  •  It was a so daring experiment to cast a young handsome actor as an old man in this TV series.
Explanation

The perfect collocation that fits this sentence would be ‘bold experiment’ which means tough and risky thing to do.

So the correct sentence would be:

  •  It was a bold experiment to cast a young handsome actor as an old man in this TV series.

 

  •  I already have so much less time. Please let me do my work, else I will be punished tomorrow.
Explanation

The collocation that would fit this sentence is “pressed for time” which means in a rush or hurry when you need to do something and you don’t have enough time.

So the correct sentence would be:

  •  I am already pressed for time. Please let me do my work, else I will be punished tomorrow.

 

  •  Aaron has a high reputation in his society because of his wealth and fame.
Explanation

Almost every second person (the non-native one) I talked with, I have noticed this phrase ‘high reputation’ being used at least once in their speech. Frankly speaking, I was once one of these non natives who used this phrase ‘high reputation’ in his spoken English. The correct phrase or collocation would be rather ‘well deserved reputation’, ‘considerable reputation’ or ‘good reputation’.

So the correct sentence would be:

  •  Aaron has a well deserved reputation in his society because of his wealth and fame.

 

  •  It is so vital to use cheese in this recipe after boiling the whole mixture.
Explanation

The collocation ‘absolutely vital’ sounds more natural and it is correct as well.

So the correct sentence would be:

  •  It is absolutely vital to use cheese in this recipe after boiling the whole mixture.

 

  •  Can you shortly describe about the main concept of this chapter?
Explanation

“Briefly describe” is the right collocation that can be used in this sentence.

So the more natural way of saying this sentence would be:

  •  Can you briefly describe about the main concept of this chapter?

 

  •  Science has disproved many normal assumptions in the past.
Explanation

Assumption often collocates with ‘safe’, ‘false’ or ‘common’. Considering the above sentence, the correct sentence would be:

  •  Science has disproved many common assumptions in the past.

 

  •  Bad family often affects the mental state of children to grow properly.
Explanation

I heard this sentence from one of my colleague who was telling me about his friends who was mentally disturbed those days. I could not understand what he meant, so I asked what he meant by the phrase ‘bad family’? He then explained to me what he really meant, the bottom line was that he wanted to say ‘dysfunctional family’ which means a family in which relationships are bad or unhealthy and people fall out (Click here!) with each other every time.

So the correct sentence would have been:

  • Dysfunctional family often affects the mental state of children to grow properly.

 

  •  We should consider all the problems and difficulty before making our next move.
Explanation

I know, I know it’s a totally correct, but in case you wanna sound more natural and confident.

The colloquial sentence would be:

  •  We should cover every eventuality (means to consider every issue or problem) before making our next move.

Hopefully you would learnt a lot from today’s article about collocation mistakes we, the non natives usually make. Let me know about your views in the comment section below or email me at:

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