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!