A Tip for Tuesday

Today’s tip is about collecting collocations.

As in all languages, in English too, certain words collocate with certain others (which simply means that they are commonly used together).

For some general examples you can click on the tag ‘collocations’ at the end of this post. If you want to use a specific word, however, but don’t know what it collocates with, it’s worth while looking it up either in a collocations dictionary or online (try http://forbetterenglish.com).

To give an example let’s look at the word ‘birthday’.

You can celebrate a birthday, have a birthday party or bash and eat an appetizing birthday cake.

Indeed, if today happens to be your birthday we wish you, from the bottom of our heart many happy returns and hope you are having a fabulously fun packed day!

cake

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2 thoughts on “A Tip for Tuesday

  1. Dear gardener,
    As it is my birthday today I was only happy to see a birthday mentioned.
    I got my cake and ate it and shared it with all around me.
    Hope to see more of your clever hints and tips
    Iz

    • Well Iz, what a coincidence!

      And as for your cake comment, we must be kindred spirits or something because we here at The English Garden also believe that life is not about trying to have your cake and eat it, rather it is about getting and then sharing it with those around us.

      So, if you ever happen to find yourself in the vicinity of The English Garden Iz, do pop in for some tea and cakes.
      Till then, enjoy the rest of your special day :)

      xxx

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