Collocations are words that usually are
used together by native English speakers. Each word in the collocation keeps
its own meaning. Collocations can consist of an adjective and a noun, a verb
and a noun, a verb and an adverb, a noun and a verb or even a noun and a
Here are some collocations that you will
find useful to learn. Then, you can test yourself with a quiz.
1. feel free:
go ahead and do something
When you are
staying here, feel free to make yourself a snack.
2. feel funny:
feel a little bit sick or feel uncomfortable
funny about accepting that free weekend at Whistler from your boss.
After I ate
sushi, I felt funny.
3. take a look:
read or consider something quickly; especially in order to decide what to do
Do you mind
taking a look at my essay to see if it is on topic?
4. break a habit:
stop doing something that you have done regularly for a long time, often
Sid has been
trying to break the habit of smoking whenever he has a cup of coffee.
5. keep quiet:
avoid complaining, telling a secret or causing problems
The man we
work with had been stealing money from the company for years, but we kept
quiet about it.
6. keep (something or
someone) in mind: remember a fact or piece of
information, especially because it might be useful in the future
The boss said
he would keep me in mind when a job opening comes up.
7. keep the change:
donít give back any money that has been overpaid,
perhaps as a tip or because the amount is so small
included the tip in our payment at the restaurant, so we told the waiter to
keep the change.
8. out of control:
impossible to guide or direct; in a rage
The dog went
out of control when the child took its ball.
The car hit
the ice and went out of control.
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