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    One element of improving your vocabulary is learning which verbs go with which nouns - also called collocations. For example: Do you make or do a mess? Does he miss or lose an opportunity? Here is a series of collocation...

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    Maybe we should start a collocations thread here. Hm?

    make
    • make a mistake
      make a mess
      make a mention of (something)
      make a left turn


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    Make a correction
    Make an apology
    Make friends
    Make an appointment

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    Make up
    Make amends
    Make time
    Make dinner
    Make enemies
    Make peace
    Make war

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    take
    • take a hike
      take a pill
      take a minute
      take over
      take up
      take down
      take an interest in
      take on

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    Default Re: Collocations

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    One element of improving your vocabulary is learning which verbs go with which nouns - also called collocations. For example: Do you make or do a mess? Does he miss or lose an opportunity? Here is a series of collocation...

    Read more...

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    I heard someone say "They give a lot of value to their families."

    Isn't "They place a lot of value on their families." more like how it would normally be said?

    I think so.

    give value to - or - place value on

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    Quote Originally Posted by CitySpeak
    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    One element of improving your vocabulary is learning which verbs go with which nouns - also called collocations. For example: Do you make or do a mess? Does he miss or lose an opportunity? Here is a series of collocation...

    Read more...

    Source: English as 2nd Language
    English as 2nd Language

    I heard someone say "They give a lot of value to their families."

    Isn't "They place a lot of value on their families." more like how it would normally be said?

    I think so.

    give value to - or - place value on
    Yes, it should be place a lot of value on. I don't think the first one is even an English sentence.

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    Default Re: Collocations

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by CitySpeak
    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    One element of improving your vocabulary is learning which verbs go with which nouns - also called collocations. For example: Do you make or do a mess? Does he miss or lose an opportunity? Here is a series of collocation...

    Read more...

    Source: English as 2nd Language
    English as 2nd Language

    I heard someone say "They give a lot of value to their families."

    Isn't "They place a lot of value on their families." more like how it would normally be said?

    I think so.

    give value to - or - place value on
    Yes, it should be place a lot of value on. I don't think the first one is even an English sentence.

    That sentence was spoken by a German speaker. It is a grammatically correct sentence. Collocationally, it is wrong.

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    Grammar isn't everything.

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    Default Re: Collocations

    Quote Originally Posted by CitySpeak
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by CitySpeak
    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    One element of improving your vocabulary is learning which verbs go with which nouns - also called collocations. For example: Do you make or do a mess? Does he miss or lose an opportunity? Here is a series of collocation...

    Read more...
    Source: English as 2nd Language
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    I heard someone say "They give a lot of value to their families."
    Isn't "They place a lot of value on their families." more like how it would normally be said?
    I think so.
    give value to - or - place value on
    Yes, it should be place a lot of value on. I don't think the first one is even an English sentence.
    That sentence was spoken by a German speaker. It is a grammatically correct sentence. Collocationally, it is wrong.
    It sounds like suits-talk. Give value to your shareholders, give value to the meeting, add value to this and that....
    I think the speaker perhaps didn't mean placing value but giving value. Strange-speak nevertheless, when family relationships take on business jargon. :wink:

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