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    Having difficulty with these collocations

    I have been asked to underline two suitable words which can complete the sentences. Some are fairly easy, but some I've never heared of and can't find in an collocation dictionary. Will appreciate your help.

    1.bucolic/country/rural/vilagge - idyll
    I chose coutry idyll and rural idyll

    2. cosmopolitan/global/multicultural - city
    I chose cosmopolitan city and multicultural city

    3. Robert the next day seemed urban/urbane/provincial/assertive, sure of himself, even, she thought, pleased with himself.

    Here I have no idea what to go for. I don't even know which word should I collocate.

    4. civic/municipal/urban/uptown - leaders
    I chose civic leaders. Not sure there is another.

    5. Slum - tenants/settlers/dwellers/denizens
    I chose slum dwellers not sure abouth the other.

    6. rustic/pastoral/rural/provincial - scene
    I chose pastoral scene and rural scene.

    Can someone please verify this for me.

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    Re: Having difficulty with these collocations

    Quote Originally Posted by doglover View Post
    I have been asked to underline two suitable words which can complete the sentences. Some are fairly easy, but some I've never heared heard of and can't find in an collocation dictionary. Will appreciate your help.

    1.bucolic/country/rural/vilagge (village) - idyll (Idyllic)
    I chose coutry (country) idyll and rural idyll

    2. cosmopolitan/global/multicultural - city
    I chose cosmopolitan city and multicultural city

    3. Robert, the next day, seemed urban/urbane/provincial/assertive, sure of himself, even, she thought, pleased with himself.

    Here I have no idea what to go for. I don't even know which word should I collocate.

    4. civic/municipal/urban/uptown - leaders
    I chose civic leaders. Not sure there is another.

    5. Slum - tenants/settlers/dwellers/denizens
    I chose slum dwellers not sure abouth (about) the other.

    6. rustic/pastoral/rural/provincial - scene
    I chose pastoral scene and rural scene.

    Can someone please verify this for me.
    Where are the sentences? You don't need a special dictionary for this exercise. Research the meaning of each word and see which ones are similar. It is important that you spell the words correctly.

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    Re: Having difficulty with these collocations

    Gillnetter, I think the OP was probably right about "idyll" in #1. I think they're looking for the word which would precede "idyll", choosing between bucolic, country, rural and village. I'm pretty sure the noun is correct, not another adjective.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 11-Dec-2012 at 15:45. Reason: Oops, addressed this to wrong user!
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    Re: Having difficulty with these collocations

    Gillnetter, I am sorry that I have made few typing errors, nevertheless I sense you are not being very nice to me. I am not one of those who come here expecting others to do all the work for them. I have looked into few dictionaries I have at home (paper copies of collins and oxford), I have looked at online oxford dictionary, I searched online collocations dictionaries I even looked at google to see what was more common, what had more 'hits' and I haven't found what I have been looking for. They all give definitions, let's say word 'scene', still they do not say what does it collocate with. And as for the first one emsr2d2 is right it should be idyll.

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    Re: Having difficulty with these collocations

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Gillnetter, I think the OP was probably right about "idyll" in #1. I think they're looking for the word which would precede "idyll", choosing between bucolic, country, rural and village. I'm pretty sure the noun is correct, not another adjective.
    I believe that using "idyll" here is stretching the meaning of the word. A synonym for bucolic is idyllic. You could be correct, but "idyll" is such a rare word and is generally used in such a very limited context as to make me believe that idyllic would be a better choice.

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    Re: Having difficulty with these collocations

    Is it really that rare? Maybe it's more common in BrE than AmE then. I would say that phrases such as "this rural idyll" are heard pretty frequently on things like TV property shows. I agree that bucolic and idyllic are synonyms. Therefore, I would not say that "bucolic idyll" would be one of the accepted correct answers here.

    In my opinion, "rural idyll" is the only one that really works but I can just about imagine someone referring to a tiny village out in the countryside as a "country idyll" or "village idyll".
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    Re: Having difficulty with these collocations

    It's completely foreign to me. I'm not even sure what it means.

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    Re: Having difficulty with these collocations

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    If there are sentences that these collocations are supposed to complete, it would be helpful if you posted them. Otherwise, most of these words could collocate with several of their provided adjectives, given the proper context.

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    Re: Having difficulty with these collocations

    Quote Originally Posted by doglover View Post
    I have been asked to underline two suitable words which can complete the sentences. Some are fairly easy, but some I've never heared of and can't find in an collocation dictionary. Will appreciate your help.

    1.bucolic/country/rural/vilagge - idyll
    I chose coutry idyll and rural idyll

    2. cosmopolitan/global/multicultural - city
    I chose cosmopolitan city and multicultural city

    3. Robert the next day seemed urban/urbane/provincial/assertive, sure of himself, even, she thought, pleased with himself.

    Here I have no idea what to go for. I don't even know which word should I collocate.

    4. civic/municipal/urban/uptown - leaders
    I chose civic leaders. Not sure there is another.

    5. Slum - tenants/settlers/dwellers/denizens
    I chose slum dwellers not sure abouth the other.

    6. rustic/pastoral/rural/provincial - scene
    I chose pastoral scene and rural scene.

    Can someone please verify this for me.
    I have underlined my choices. The only actual sentence in your list is at Number 3. Without any context to help with the others, it's difficult to be precise.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Having difficulty with these collocations

    Below are the full sentenes.
    1. If we were back in urban reality now, we yet retained a glow imparted by our bucolic/country/rural/village idyll.
    2. Barcelona feels a lot more cosmopolitan/global/multicultural than other Spanish cities.
    3. Robert the next day seemed urban/urbane/provincial/assertive, sure of himself. even, she thought, pleased with himself.
    4. Jackson spent the day meeting with local religious and civic/municipal/urban/uptown leaders.
    5. Slum tenants/settlers/dwellers/denizens would filter through into better stock, or be rehoused by local authorities in new estates.
    6. The picture showed a typical rustic/pastoral/rural/provincial scene.

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