Collocations – Verbs and Nouns

Hi everyone,
Are your ready for more collocations?

According to wikipedia (, There are about six main types of collocations-adjectives and nouns,nouns and nouns(a….of….),verbs and nouns,adverbs and adjectives,verbs and expressions with preposition, verbs and adverbs.

Although grammar is important when teaching English, it is also important to teach ELLs which words go with which other words.  

Remember a COLLOCATION is an expression of two or more words that go together.  Collocations “sound right” to native speakers, but are difficult for English Language Learners who lack the native speakers intuition.

Collocations – Verbs and Nouns 

Many folks feel that they are easier to learn when taught as a topic:
Here are some that go with daily routine:

have a shower
clean your room
begin work
have lunch
leave work
go home
meet friends
watch television
go to bed

Or to teach using just one verb
Here are some examples using make:

make noise
make a mistake
make plans
make the bed
make a telephone call
make dinner
make friends
make an effort

If you want to learn more click on over to the online article:
The Internet TESL Journal

Teaching Noun Plus Verb Collocation in the ESL/EFL Classroom

Joseph G. Stockdale III
Click here!

Happy Teaching!


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