Ways of recording collocations
Once again, thanks again for your comments – reading them is like travelling itself: continually bumping into such interesting people and getting refreshing new ideas and perspectives!!!
Regarding the homework:
1) The adjective I used with “student” was “dedicated” examples of other positive adjectives commonly used with or to “student” are:
Examples of use: John’s a really outstanding student.
The students are very keen!
Negative adjectives commonly used with student would be
a weak student
2) The verb I used with “imagination” was “capture”. Other commonly used verbs are:
let your/my(etc) imagination fly
leave it up to
Examples of use: What you said really caught my imagination…
The story I told helped to fire up my student’s imagination…
I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination!
3) The verb I used with “blog” was “put on”. Other commonly used verbs are:
post a new entry on
publish a new post on the/ my/your (etc) blog
Examples of use: How often is the blog updated?
I’ve just published a new post on my blog
The aim of this homework was to encourage you to develop your skills of noticing language in use. This will help you learn how to use a new or important word and become more fluent more easily. Again if you think and remember in chunks and collocations, you will ease the amount of work your brain and memory has to do! My purpose here in this post is to give you an example of ways in which you can record words in your vocabulary books which will also help your memory! (If you don’t have a vocab book, I suggest you get one!). The way I have written the collocations and examples of use above is an example of a way you could record collocations in your vocabulary books! This is particularly useful if your are often using a certain word at work or in your studies.
A word that is being used a lot in the news is “crisis”. I would like you to look at some recent news articles (could be BBC articles of course!) and to find at least three verbs and two adjectives that collocate with “crisis”. I would also like to write down the sentences that you found them in. Put them all in your comment!
Ok folks! See ya later!
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