- n. Plural form of collocation.
“It is not easy to distinguish between clichés and what linguists call collocations -- that is, collections of words that, while not unanalyzable idioms per se”
“A quick check of their respective collocations shows that (in US English) syllabus very often collocates with course, whereas curriculum hardly ever does.”
“Much more useful than a handful of high-frequency words, he argued, was a rich diet of collocations and other species of formulaic language.”
“This would seem to suggest that, if you present going to without go, you are misrepresenting – or at best under-representing – its typical collocations.”
“I have always taught them as collocations, which has always gotten my goat in secret because I HATE having to say ‘oh well. we just have to memorize them.’”
“I now include a unit in my online MA language analysis course which introduces teachers to some of these sites, and sets easy-peasy tasks, such as identifying the statistically significant collocations in a text.”
“The British National Corpus has 251 instances of “no end”, of which 42 are adverbs in the relevant sense; common collocations include “cheer up”, “improve”, and “worry”.”
“Some sort of language point that has arisen is called for – introducing them to the notion of collocations is often a good one – using examples from things they have said.”
“The lexical approach seems less prescriptive and more diverse when the collocations are based on corpora.”
“I mean, obviously in Britain, we still talk about the Royal Mail in fixed collocations, but we use post in ordinary speech.”
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