Here are some examples of the types of verb collocations you will learn:to feel free
to come prepared
to save time
to find a replacement
to make progress
to do the washing up
There are several different types of collocation. Collocations can be adjective + adverb, noun + noun, verb + noun and so on.
Below you can see seven main types of collocation in sample sentences.
1. adverb + adjectiveInvading that country was an utterly stupid thing to do.We entered a richly decorated room.Are you fully aware of the implications of your action?
2. adjective + nounThe doctor ordered him to take regular exercise.The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.He was writhing on the ground in excruciating pain.
3. noun + nounLet's give Mr Jones a round of applause.The ceasefire agreement came into effect at 11am.I'd like to buy two bars of soap please.
4. noun + verbThe lion started to roar when it heard the dog barking.Snow was falling as our plane took off.The bomb went off when he started the car engine.
5. verb + nounThe prisoner was hanged for committing murder.I always try to do my homework in the morning, after making my bed.He has been asked to give a presentation about his work.
6. verb + expression with prepositionWe had to return home because we had run out of money.At first her eyes filled with horror, and then she burst into tears.Their behaviour was enough to drive anybody to crime.
7. verb + adverbShe placed her keys gently on the table and sat down.Mary whispered softly in John's ear.I vaguely remember that it was growing dark when we left.