Do you know the word “collocation”? This word means a right connection between words. If you get used to basic English, a next issue would be these things.
Examples: do homework / make a mistake / take an exam
It is not only the most frequent grammar in a conversation, but also most difficult part in English. Unfortunately, memorizing each sentence is the only one way to learn this. However, before getting into a bad habit due to a repetition of a wrong use, learning right uses would be a big help.
Here are some common mistakes from each country’s students.
He survived *very *strongly (from a Japanese student)
We *own a shopping centre (from a Swiss student)
I *took a good decision (from an Italian student)
He knows what he’s *speaking about (from a German student)
I can’t see any *problem why (from a Czech student)
These mistakes are a little different depending on a nationality, it seems that they guess or translate wrongly from their language, which means we have our own language’s collocation. Therefore it is crucial to study about a collocation.
Then how can we study collocations? There are quotes from English club.
- Be aware of collocations, and try to recognize them when you see or hear them.
- Treat collocations as single blocks of language. Think of them as individual blocks or chunks, and learn strongly support, not strongly + support.
- When you learn a new word, write down other words that collocate with it (remember rightly, remember distinctly,remember vaguely, remember vividly).
- Read as much as possible. Reading is an excellent way to learn vocabulary and collocations in context and naturally.
- Revise what you learn regularly. Practise using new collocations in context as soon as possible after learning them.
- Learn collocations in groups that work for you. You could learn them by topic (time, number, weather, money, family) or by a particular word (take action, take a chance, take an exam).
- You can find information on collocations in any good learner’s dictionary. And you can also find specialized dictionaries of collocations.