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    #21

    Re: collocations

    I have these expressions in my notebook, not so sure if they are all collocatins though.

    fair enough
    fair game
    dotted line
    life imprisonment
    draw blood
    draw lot
    draw near
    toss a coin
    total eclipse
    on all fours
    long lost friend
    nerves of steel
    heart of stone
    make amends

    This thread is so useful for me, keep posting please.
    Thanks

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    #22

    Re: collocations

    Could you explain some of them please or give some examples using them??
    Thanks a lot for posting.

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    #23

    Re: collocations

    Hello again
    Here's another execise, let's practice.
    Here we go:

    the collocations for
    'to ........ your balance' (have/make/do/keep)
    'to ........ a chance' (try/make/do/take)
    'to come ........ the market' (out/in/on/to)
    'the ........ of living' (level/foundation/basis/standard)
    'a ........ moon' (complete/total/full/whole)


    I think the first one should be to keep your balance!!! Am I right?!

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    #24

    Re: collocations

    Or retrieve. Before you are balanced, you "get" or "find" your balance.

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    Re: collocations

    'to keep your balance'
    'to take a chance' (try/make/do/take)
    'to come out the market'
    'the standard??? of living'
    'a full moon'

    be (or hang) in the balance
    be in an uncertain or critical state.
    "After the opposition party won the election whether or not the new highway will be built hangs in the balance."
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    Re: collocations

    Could you explain some of them please or give some examples using them??
    Sure, I use my dictionary:

    fair enough
    justly, pretty fair, quite right, quite correct

    fair game
    a person or thing that is considered a reasonable target for criticism or exploitation.
    Example: the silly behavior of celebrities makes them fair game for comedians.

    draw blood
    cause someone to bleed.

    draw/cast lots
    use a set of objects to decide who will do something / decide randomly

    draw near
    get near, come close

    toss a coin
    throw a coin into the air so as to make a choice
    Example: he tossed a coin and it landed heads up

    total eclipse of the sun/moon...

    on all fours
    on hands and knees;
    Example:"he got down on all fours to play with his grandson"

    long lost friend
    friend that one has not seen for a long time,

    nerves of steel
    great courage/mental strength /able to speak or act calmly when facing risk or danger
    Example:"He has nerves of steel. He persuaded the gunman to leave."

    heart of stone
    heart that feels no compassion, uncaring personality, a nature without pity
    Example:The man who murdered his wife and children has a heart of stone.

    make amends
    atone for a sin, compensate for a wrongdoing
    Example: What can I do to make amends for opening her personal mail?

    Also:

    safe and sound
    free from danger or injury;
    Example:"the children were found safe and sound"

    fair and square
    impartial, just, straightforward

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    #27

    Re: collocations

    Quote Originally Posted by atlaisha View Post
    'to keep your balance'
    'to take a chance' (try/make/do/take) (To 'take a chance' is to 'try your luck' )
    'to come out the market' If you're talking about someone coming out of a bazaar, this version would be possible. It's much more likely to be 'come to [the] market [='become generally available'.]
    'the standardof living'
    'a full moon'

    be (or hang) in the balance
    be in an uncertain or critical state.
    "After Since/As/Seeing that/Given that... the opposition party won the election. whether or not the new highway will be built hangs in the balance."
    Or 'After... hung...would'. But your version would be OK in informal speech; and with 'since' it would probably sound more natural if you went on with a present perfect continuous - '...has been hanging...'.
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    Last edited by BobK; 22-Sep-2008 at 11:30. Reason: Added comment after quote.


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    Re: collocations

    Thanks for your help Bobk. About the third one, I remember we had something like this in our final exam, I guess it was: You can count on these Japanese to always come out to the market with a new invention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlaisha View Post
    I have these expressions in my notebook, not so sure if they are all collocatins though.

    fair enough
    fair game
    dotted line
    life imprisonment
    draw blood
    draw lot
    draw near
    toss a coin
    total eclipse
    on all fours
    long lost friend
    nerves of steel
    heart of stone
    make amends

    This thread is so useful for me, keep posting please.
    Thanks
    These are very interesting except I wonder if they are collocations or rather idioms? I am talking about the expressions such as "nerves of steel", "heart of stone", "make amends"....

    I came across the expression that I liked: This time around. A person is talking about being payed for the work done. Last time they did some work for someone but didn't get payed. (Well, it happens, I guess...) So the person says, "This time around I am going to get payed or he is not having his movies. " (The deal was about converting movies from videotapes into DVDs.)
    It makes me think of another collocation (?): The second time around. This is a name of a store (in my town) that carries all things used: Clothing, furniture, household appliances, etc.

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    #30

    Re: collocations

    Thanks everyone for participating.
    Here's an other exercise:
    the collocations for
    'to ........ it in turns' (change/do/take/make)
    'to lose your ........' (mood/feeling/attitude/temper)
    'to ........ a train' (stop/receive/catch/make)
    'to ........ your breath' (mind/hold/keep/stay)
    'to ........ the truth' (say/tell/speak/utter)


    Let me start with the last question:
    To tell the truth.


    Keep sharing!
    sara

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