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Collocation are words that we normally use together.  We can say that they “like each other.” For example, we normally use the word “sufficient” with time or money.  “There wasn’t sufficient money to cover the accident.” Or, “The students didn’t have sufficient time to finish the test.”  When we use collocation in our essays, our writing becomes stronger and more readable.

Below is a list of more frequently used collocation.

  • full life
  • simple device
  • practical approach
  • limited resources
  • status symbol
  • course requirements
  • tentative schedule
  • impressive display
  • stressful job
  • preceding year
  • tough decision
  • random sample
  • predominant feature
  • free time
  • diminishing returns
  • strong desire
  • access code
  • public domain
  • without constraints
  • core values
  • sound judgement
  • ample supplies
  • political bias
  • bulk rate

Richard Carrigan

Richard Carrigan has been an educator for over 30 years. He has experience teaching professional and academic English. He earned his graduate degree from Shenandoah University.

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