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Building up collocations

Using a dictionary to build up collocations.
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Well done for completing the previous quiz on collocations!

There is a wide range of collocations in English, and it is unrealistic to try to learn them all. One of the most effective ways to expand your pool of collocations is to discover them using a dictionary. is a free website where you can learn more collocations. You enter a word and the dictionary will display all the possible collocations.

We previously looked at some collocations with rain, but when we enter this in, we can see that there are many more:

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Let’s use and start building your collocations. For this, go to this Padlet link and complete the exercise. When finished, return to the course and continue looking at other strategies to improve your speaking skills.

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