Updated: May 1, 2018

Collocations are a great way to make your language sound more natural and fluent. Native speakers use them to add variety in their speech, and to enrich their expressions. It is also commonly believed that we learn language better when they are in “chunks,” rather than single words.

Collocations fall into the category of English vocabulary that students either love or hate. It is estimated that more than 30% of English is comprised of these collocations. But, what the heck are they and how can I use them!?

Collocations are Words that go together naturally in English. Typically comprised of 2 or more words which sound “naturally” together.

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