English Grammar: Colligation

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Definition:

Colligation is a type of collocation, but where a lexical item is linked to a grammatical one. Surprising, amazing and astonishing are nearly synonymous. We can say it is astonishing/surprising/amazing, but we tend to say it is not surprising and not the others- surprising colligates with the negative.

See Also:

Collocation; Word; Figure of Speech; Grammar

Category:

Collocation

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