Collocations are words that usually are used together by native English speakers. Each word in the collocation keeps its own meaning, and 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 noun.
Here are some collocations that you will find useful to learn. Then, you can test yourself with a quiz.
When you are staying here, feel free to make yourself a snack.
I feel funny about accepting that free weekend at Whistler from your boss.
After I ate sushi, I felt funny.
Do you mind taking a look at my essay to see if it is on topic?
Sid has been trying to break the habit of smoking whenever he has a cup of coffee.
The man we work with had been stealing money from the company for years, but we kept quiet about it.
The boss said he would keep me in mind when a job opening comes up.
We had included the tip in our payment at the restaurant, so we told the waiter to keep the change.
The dog went out of control when the child took its ball.
The car hit the ice and went out of control.
Now try the quiz to see if you can remember these useful phrases.
(May 17, 2009)
(Includes all 2002 to date Weekly Features with descriptions)