Expressions with “change”

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


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 about Physical Appearance

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

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!