Unit 5.1

Adjective and Noun Collocations


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Introduction

A collocation is a pair or group of words that habitually appear together.

Adjectives and nouns can have a particular collocation to convey a specific meaning.

Form

We form adjectives and noun collocations by putting adjectives before nouns.

The most commonly used adjectives and nouns collocations are:

  • Big disappointment, big failure, big mistake, big surprise…;
  • Heavy bag, heavy box, heavy rain, heavy snow, heavy suitcase, heavy traffic…;
  • Rich culture, rich history, rich people, rich vocabulary…;
  • Strong accent, strong drink, strong smell, strong taste, strong wind…

Example

  • The documentary was a big disappointment.
  • He admitted he made a big mistake.
  • We were walking in heavy rain.
  • You shouldn’t carry such a heavy suitcase alone.
  • I was late due to heavy traffic.
  • Rich people can afford to buy everything they want.
  • She reads a lot of books and has a rich vocabulary.
  • The man just wanted a strong drink.
  • This coffee has a very strong smell.
  • The strong wind stopped us from going for a walk yesterday.

Use

Before a specific noun we must put only a specific adjective to convey a specific meaning. If we use another adjective, the meaning could sound strange and not natural.

Summary

Collocations are a pair or group of words which habitually appear together to convey a whole new meaning.

We use adjectives and nouns collocations putting adjectives before nouns.

The most commonly used adjectives and nouns collocations are:

  • Big disappointment, big failure, big mistake, big surprise…;
  • Heavy bag, heavy box, heavy rain, heavy snow, heavy suitcase, heavy traffic…;
  • Rich culture, rich history, rich people, rich vocabulary…;
  • Strong accent, strong drink, strong smell, strong taste, strong wind…

For example:
“She has a strong Italian accent.” = The word accent is placed after the adjective strong in the sentence.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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