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    hennessy is offline Newbie
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    collocations and idioms

    how would i explain to an upr. intermediate class the difference between an idiom and a collocation?

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    Tdol is offline Editor,
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    Re: collocations and idioms

    A collocation's meaning can be obvious- it's just a pattern of words, while an idiom's meaning is not clear:
    law and order- collocation- the weords just sound natural in the order
    come rain or shine- idiom- the meaning has nothing to do with the weather

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