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    Lightbulb Re: collocations

    Very well, then: collocations.

    I wonder if all tautological arguments and oxymorons could be considered as collocations, since only natives understand the need for the circular logic in their expression:

    Coming to a full stop.
    It was a near-miss.
    Many different flavors.
    An infernal cold.
    Military intelligence.

    Et cetera.
    What Da

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    Re: collocations

    By chance, I was talking to a student about "crystal clear" not long ago, and I did a BNC search for the word "crystal" followed by any adjective. The results showed that "crystal clear" was way out in front - in fact, its such a strong collocation that just "crystal" on its own can mean "extremely clear". Exchanges like this are possible:

    'Is that clear?'
    'Crystal.'

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    Re: collocations

    Excellent thread!!

    Since my teacher told me that one of my sentences was correct but not "idiomatic" I understood the the importance of collocations.

    I bought the book "Oxford collocations" which has helped me a lot!

    At the same time I have found more and more collocations by myself.

    What do you think about these?

    - brazen... idea / challenge / attack
    - deceptive... bill / advertising / mood

    Regards,

    Bogota63

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    Re: collocations

    collocations using the word time

    spend time
    waste time
    save time
    tell someone the time
    free/spare time
    have time to
    make time for
    kill time
    take your time
    bang/dead/right on time

    and here are some other collocations:

    wide awake
    blind drunk
    paper thin
    bone dry
    fast asleep
    dirt cheap
    stark naked
    crystal clear


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    Re: collocations

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogota63 View Post
    Excellent thread!!


    What do you think about these?

    - brazen... idea / challenge / attack
    - deceptive... bill / advertising / mood

    Regards,

    Bogota63
    Thanks a lot for your contributions everyone.
    Now, let me try this:
    I think it's a brazen attack and a deceptive advertising!
    I hope I'm right!

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    Re: collocations

    Perfectly right,
    absolutely true!
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    Re: collocations

    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    Perfectly right,
    abolutely true!
    Very good examples!
    I've learned this so far:
    I'm not in a good frame of mind.(i hope I said it right!)

    Here is another exercise, let's work:

    the collocations for
    'to be ........ simple' (easily/clearly/perfectly/obviously)
    'to be ........ the impression' (with/under/in/on)
    'to ........ the night' (save/keep/stay/remain)
    'to ........ action' (take/do/make/show)
    'in ........ life' (true/real/actual/natural)

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    Re: collocations

    to be under the impression
    to take action
    in real life

    I just heard of these three

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    Re: collocations

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Very good examples!
    I've learned this so far:
    I'm not in a good frame of mind.(i hope I said it right!)

    Here is another exercise, let's work:

    the collocations for
    'to be ........ simple' (easily/clearly/perfectly/obviously)
    'to be ........ the impression' (with/under/in/on)
    'to ........ the night' (save/keep/stay/remain)
    'to ........ action' (take/do/make/show)
    'in ........ life' (true/real/actual/natural)
    To be perfectly simple.
    To stay the night. (Except what I heard is "to stay over night.")

    The rest Melisa has already done. I think she is perfectly correct.

    I've just thought of a few expressions that I love to use and wonder if they qualify as collocations.

    On the different note
    On the lighter note
    On the other hand
    I am pretty sure
    Pretty much

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    Re: collocations

    Quote Originally Posted by NanetteDee View Post
    To be perfectly simple.
    To stay the night. (Except what I heard is "to stay over night.") Either.

    The rest Melisa has already done. I think she is perfectly correct.
    ("Spot on")
    I've just thought of a few expressions that I love to use and wonder if they qualify as collocations.

    On theA different note
    On theA lighter note
    On the other hand
    I am pretty sure
    Pretty much
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