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    Default Flexible Collocates.

    Beyond grammar.

    A tough time for teachers of advanced learners.

    Many advanced level learners find it difficult to choose between seemingly similar language items. The teacher's role as guide is often made easier by reference to concordancers and getting students to notice which items commonly collocate.

    Here are some of the main collocations that appear with the, often synonymous, words sheer and pure. Which collocates do you think could easily be used with either adjective?

    1. sheer adventurism
    2. sheer ambition
    3. sheer bastard
    4. sheer beauty
    5. sheer bravado
    6. sheer burden
    7. sheer delight
    8. sheer desperation
    9. sheer drive 15
    10. sheer elegance
    11. sheer enormity
    12. sheer fact
    13. sheer force and energy
    14. sheer f*cking terror
    15. sheer good fortune
    16. sheer hell
    17. sheer power
    18. sheer physical
    19. sheer plumpness
    20. sheer prestige
    21. sheer primeaval force and energy
    22. sheer seizure of land
    23. sheer size
    24. sheer speed
    25. sheer, unalloyed listening pleasure 39
    26. sheer vitality and power
    27. sheer volume
    28. sheer weight of numbers
    29. sheer xenophobia

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    a. pure mixture
    b. pure and innocent
    c. pure research
    d. pure and elevated
    e. pure and lovely
    f. pure and simple
    g. pure intellect
    h. entirely pure
    i. becomes pure
    j. the result of pure chance
    k. very pure
    l. pure failure
    m. pure water
    n. pure confabulations
    o. pure consciousness
    p. pure deep blue sky 23
    q. pure sound
    r. pure design
    s. pure emotion of fear
    t. pure Essential Oils
    u. pure face
    v. pure fantasy
    w. pure feeling 31
    x. pure form
    y. pure formalism
    z. pure forms
    aa. pure friendship
    bb. Pure Gentle Hairspray
    cc. pure grain
    dd. pure heart
    ee. to keep pure?
    ff. pure idealist
    gg. pure spirit
    hh. leave it pure
    ii. the pure kind
    jj. "pure" education
    kk. pure life
    ll. pure luxury too
    mm. remain pure
    nn. pure materialism
    oo. Pure Mathematics
    pp. pure monopoly
    qq. pure movement
    rr. pure of additives
    ss. pure pain
    tt. pure peace and tranquillity
    uu. pure pink
    vv. pure pleasure
    ww. pure poetry
    xx. pure reagents
    yy. pure reason
    zz. pure science
    aaa. pure sensationalism
    bbb. pure slapstick
    ccc. pure specialist
    ddd. pure sex
    eee. pure theatre
    fff. pure utterance

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    Default Re: Flexible Collocates.

    You could have 'pure beauty', but thatwould have a different meaning. How about 'intellect'?

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    Default Re: Flexible Collocates.

    pure/sheer hell
    pure/sheer bravado

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    Default Re: Flexible Collocates.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    You could have 'pure beauty', but thatwould have a different meaning. How about 'intellect'?
    Maybe "pure/sheer beauty" mean the same.

    Sheer: adjective: not mixed with extraneous elements (Example: "Sheer wine")

    Pure: adjective: free of extraneous elements of any kind (Example: "Pure air and water")

    Now I've got myself going. Oh noooo! we can't have "sheer water", but can we have "pure wine"?

    My head hurts, Tdol.



    I'd go for "sheer/pure intellect" though.

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    Default Re: Flexible Collocates.

    'Pure beauty' could have other connotations, couldn't it?

    Was it the sheer volume of pure wine that caused my headache?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Pure beauty' could have other connotations, couldn't it?

    Was it the sheer volume of pure wine that caused my headache?
    Yes, it depends of the meaning of pure.

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    Default Re: Flexible Collocates.

    How about pure/sheer heart?????

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    Default Re: Flexible Collocates.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    How about pure/sheer heart?????
    He showed sheer heart in the matter.

    ???

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    Default Re: Flexible Collocates.

    He could show sheer heart, but have an impure one, couldn't he?

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