Collocations about BOOKS

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Be absorbed in a book – be totally focused on reading.
Ex: Derek didn’t hear me because he was absorbed in a book.

Bedtime reading – reading in bed.
Ex: Would you recommend horror stories for bedtime reading?

Compulsive reading – so interesting that you can’t stop reading.
Ex: More and more people are indulging in compulsive reading.

Light reading – something you read easily.
Ex: Love novels are light reading.

Skim through a book – not read thoroughly.
Ex: I skimmed through a detective story you gave me and decided to take it on holiday, it seems interesting.

Collocations, Vocabulary

Collocations with the Verb “Hope”

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Here are some collocations with the verb “hope” to help you adopt natural English expressions as well as build up your vocabulary:

Real / sincere hope

It is my sincere hope their marriage will be a happy one.

High hopes

High hopes of his parents were not realized.

False hope

Don’t give him false hope.

Early hopes

His early hopes of becoming a doctor became true.

Be full of hopes (hopeful)

They were full of hope they’d get the tickets.

Hope for the best

I had the car fixed. Now we can hope for the best.

Cherish hope

Mary cherished the hope David would propose to her.

Keep alive the hope

They kept their hope of moving abroad alive.

Give up hope

He gave up his hopes of becoming a pilot.

Every hope

We have every hope of finishing the project this year.

Hope in hell

You haven’t got a hope in hell of getting that job.

Hopes and dreams

She told me all about her hopes and dreams.

Collocations, Idioms & Expressions

Collocations with the word “room”

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Bright / dark / comfortable / cosy / spacious / tiny / big / small room
I love my bright and spacious room.

Tidy / untidy / clean / stuffy / cold / warm room
It’s a cold / warm room.

A single / twin / double / triple room
When they got married, Brian and his wife spent their honeymoon in a double room in Hawaii.

Spare / guest room – a bedroom usually kept for visitors.
We rarely warm a spare / guest room in the winter months.

Share a room
David shares a room with his brother.

A waiting room – at the station or hospital

Tidy your room
You must tidy your room if you want to go out!

Book / hire / rent / let a room
We hired a lovely room with a sea view.

Let out rooms – rent rooms
We usually let out a spare room.

A room-mate – a person we share a room with
When I was a student I had a room-mate.

Collocations, Idioms & Expressions, Vocabulary

Expressions with “change”

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Big / significant / considerable / revolutionary / drastic / important / major, radical change
Mobile phones have undergone a revolutionary change in the past decade.
Complete / systematic / minor / long-term / short-term / sudden / gradual / seasonal change
Gradual changes will bring more stability to the company.
Climate change
The effects of climate change include more frequent droughts and wildfires.
Bring about change
The only way to bring about changes in the company is to employ new people.
A change for the better / worse
I believe that this year will bring a change for the better.
A change of heart / mind
UK Brexit change of mind appeared first on Cyprus Mail.
Change clothes / shoes
I’m all wet. I’ll change my clothes.
Change trains / planes
We changed trains in Budapest.
Change the subject
I don’t want to talk about it any more. Can we change the subject?
Change jobs
I think you should change jobs.
Change one’s tune
He was against the project, but he changed his tune when he realized how much money it could bring.
Change your mind
At first, I didn’t want to go to the party, but then I changed my mind.
Change your ways
If he wants to stay and work in this company, he’ll have to change his ways.
Change of scene
You need a change of scene. Why don’t you go away for the weekend?


Restaurant Collocations

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It’s a holiday season. Whether you’re spending your holiday in a fancy hotel or just want to take your girl-friend to a restaurant for a meal, here is some useful vocabulary to help you out:

Could we see the menu/drinks menu, please?

Could we have a bottle of sparkling/still mineral water, please?

The bread is stale. Could we have some fresh, please?

May I take your order?

What are you going to order for your first/main course?

The chocolate cake looks too heavy. Could we have a light dessert?

I would like a second helping of this delicious dish.

I’m not hungry. We could grab a bite to eat and go to the swimming pool.

We’ll have a bottle of house wine, please.

We’ll have a bottle of red/white dry/sweet wine.

It’s good that we made a reservation earlier. The restaurant is fully booked.

Do you have a table free for four people?

Are there any vegetarian dishes on the menu?

I ordered my steak well-done but they served it rare/medium.

Shall I ask for the bill?/ Could I have the bill, please?

Enjoy your meal!

Collocations, Idioms & Expressions

Expressions with “Keep”

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’Keep’ is one of the most common verbs in English, and it forms lots of phrasal verbs, collocations and idioms. Here are some of them to help you express yourselves more naturally:

Keep up the good work!

Our dog buried my wallet somewhere around here. Keep on digging!

If you want to sell more, you have to keep the prices low.

They usually keep things formal in that company.

We like to keep our home clean and tidy.

Could you keep the volume down? The baby is sleeping.

Coffee keeps me awake.

The only way for Tim to get a job is to keep trying.

Keep on driving! We’ll find our way.

Keep quiet! We’re in hospital.

You have to keep him from drinking alcohol.

We work hard to keep our home safe.

Keep off the grass!

We’re not sure what time we’re leaving but we’ll keep you informed.

Keep me updated about the changes in your schedule.

If we keep to the agenda, the meeting will be over in no time.

Everyone should try and keep up with the news in the world.

Peter is not very sociable. He prefers to keep himself for himself.

Sam’s parents keep him from enrolling a master degree because they think he should get a job.

It wasn’t easy to learn to ski but I kept at it and now I can ski.


Collocations about Physical Appearance

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If we want to speak a foreign language properly, we need to learn the words that ‘collocate’ (go together) to sound natural. For example, if you feel tired, you shouldn’t say “I’m going to sleep” (meaning “I’m going to fall asleep”); you should say “I’m going to bed” (meaning – I’m tired and I’m going to bed to sleep).

Here are some commonly used collocations about physical appearance:
Jim’s hair’s going grey so he started dying it.
I don’t put much make-up during the summer months.
I look horrible! Look at my dry hair and my oily skin.
She wasn’t the prettiest girl in the class but she had beautiful, white, even teeth. (opposite – crooked teeth)
You don’t look your age; I’d never thought you’re over fifty.
Our boss is a man in his early/late thirties.
His badly-cut hair and scruffy clothes will not make a good impression on the interviewer.
I haven’t seen you for some time. Have you gained/lost weight?
Jane has a very good dress sense; she always looks great.
Paul is a swimmer. Look how well-built he is!
I take after my mum’s family – we have broad/narrow shoulders.
Judith was always dressed in fashion while being a student.
It’s no use buying this shirt if it doesn’t suit you.
Isn’t George too young to go bald?
Curly/straight hair is so boring.




Collocations with -ING form

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An eating disorder – People who suffer from eating disorder eat too little or too much.
Ex: I’m afraid my daughter’s developed an eating disorder. She’s lost 5 kilos in a month.
A balancing act – refers to a situation when someone has to accomplish many tasks at the same time.
Ex: It is quite a balancing act studying at college and working at the same time.
Growing pains -pains in the legs of growing children. It also refers to a company’s development.
Ex: This company is going through growing pains at the moment.
Asking price – the price demanded by the seller.
Ex: I believe that we can lower down the asking price for that Turkish carpet.

Shopping spree – a short period of time during which someone buys lots of things.
Ex: We went on a shopping spree this morning. I bought a beautiful dress!