Vocabulary is an important aspect of any language. That is why, while learning any language, higher importance is given to understanding and learning of the vocabulary.

As we are covering the majority of the vocabulary in the business world and business corresponding and accounting, today we will focus mainly on collocations. We will start with the basics of collocations, and then see various examples of collocations.

What is a collocation?

A collocation is the combination of words that should be commonly used together.


  • Make a mistake

Do a mistake

  • Make a mess

Cause a mess

  • Make a difference

Bring a difference

What are the types of collocations?

Verb Collocation

Verb collocation

More examples:

  • To make a mistake
  • To take a break
  • To pay a fine
  • To do a favour

I made a mistake last time.
They need to take a break after such an exhaustive work.
She had to pay a fine of INR 23,000 for breaking the law.
Could you please do me a favour?

Adjective Collocation

Adjective collocation

More examples:

  • Strong smell
  • Heavy rain
  • Deep trouble

This perfume has a strong smell.
Our school remained close because of the heavy rain.
We need to find a solution for this deep trouble.

Noun collocation

Noun collocation

More examples:

  • Tea leaf
  • Paper flutters
  • Critical analysis

More examples of collocations

Collocations starting with the verbdo
  • Do me a favour
  • Do the cooking
  • Do the housework
  • Do shopping
Collocations starting with the verbhave
  • Have a good time
  • Have a bath
  • Have a drink
  • Have a haircut
  • Have a holiday
Collocations starting with the verbbreak
  • Break the law
  • Break a leg
  • Break a promise
  • Break a record

Collocations in English

Collocations starting with the verbtake
  • Take a break
  • Take a chance
  • Take a look
  • Take a rest
  • Take a seat
Collocations starting with the verb make
  • Make a difference
  • Make a mess
  • Make a mistake
  • Make a noise
  • Make an effort

Collocations starting with the verbcatch
  • Catch the bus
  • Catch a ball
  • Catch a cold
  • Catch a thief
  • Catch fire
Collocations starting with the verbpay
  • Pay respect
  • Pay a fine
  • Pay attention
  • Pay by credit card
  • Pay cash
Collocations starting with the verb keep
  • Keep the change
  • Keep a promise
  • Keep a secret
  • Keep an appointment
  • Keep calm
Collocations starting with the verbgo
  • Go bald
  • Go abroad
  • Go astray
  • Go bad
  • Go bankrupt
  • Go blind
  • Go crazy
  • Go fishing

Collocations starting with the verbcome
  • Come under attack
  • Come close
  • Come direct
  • Come early
  • Come first
  • Come into view
  • Come last
  • Come late
  • Come on time

Collocations starting with the verbget
  • Get the sack
  • Get a life
  • Get a job
  • Get a shock
  • Get angry
  • Get divorced
  • Get drunk
  • Get frightened
Collocations starting with the verbsave
  • Save yourself the trouble
  • Save electricity
  • Save energy
  • Save money
  • Save someone a seat
Collocations related to time
  • Bang on time
  • Dead on time
  • Free time
  • From dawn till dusk
  • A great deal of time
  • Early/late 15th century
  • Make time for
  • Next few days
  • Past few weeks
Collocations related to business English
  • Annual turnover
  • Keep in mind
  • Break off negotiations
  • Close a deal
  • Close a meeting
  • Come to the point
  • Dismiss an offer
  • Draw a conclusion

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