The most vital part of any language is “vocabulary”, that is why, while learning any language, we give greater importance to learning and understanding the vocabulary. As we are covering most of the vocabulary in the business world and business corresponding to accounting, today, we will focus mainly on collocation, different types of collocations, and its examples. The basics of collocations in English grammar and the significance of various types of collocations are discussed here. 


What is Collocation?

Collocation is a grouping of familiar words that seem to belong together because of their continual use and thus creating a coherent meaning. Suppose, it is said heavy rain instead of big or strong rain, it conveys the implication that it is raining heavily.

‘Strong rain’ or ‘big rain’ offers the same meaning, in the collocation example mentioned above. Also, both of them are grammatically correct, but the utilization of big rain or strong rain will sound outlandish. Thus, we use heavy rain for better English.

There are various examples where we use a specific set or group of words to make it sound a natural fit. Collocation can also be defined as a group of words that are expected to be together. Some more instances of collocations are ‘to do homework’, ‘to make the bed’, ‘to take a risk’, etc.

Besides the above-stated reasons, there are other reasons as well for using collocations. These are discussed as follows.

  • To make the use of the English language straightforward and exciting.

  • To assist in sticking to a pre-decided and proper structure of the English language, as it follows a particular order.

  • To assist in embellishing the English language.

  • To make better use of words or groups of words by conferring it in a more understandable form.

  • To improve the use of the English language, and facilitate its innovation.


Types of Collocations

Verb Collocations

Verb collocations are those types of collocations that are used extensively and tend to involve a verb + noun phrase in the day to day situations. Here are the examples of these words so you can interpret them in a better way. In every instance, the verb has other meanings as well, but the outcome of combining it with the other words is a verb collocation. 

  1. Pay a Bill: I refuse to pay a bill if I am not satisfied with the service.

  2. Come Prepared: Come prepared to the school tomorrow, since you have a presentation.

  3. To Find a Replacement: Indian team requires to find a replacement for Sachin as early as possible.

Adjective Collocations

When you add adjectives with nouns and adverbs, it forms adjective collocations. Here are a few examples of adjective collocations.

  1. Deep: Deep feeling, deep holes, deep trouble, deep sleep.

  2. Heavy: Heavy rainfall, a heavy drinker, heavy snow, heavy traffic.

  3. Strong:  Strong smell, strong body, strong sense, strong denial.

  4. Big: Big disappointment, big failure, big mistake, big surprise.

Noun Collocations

In Noun collocations, a verb and a noun can be used to form a group of words. Service industry, tea leaves, dogs bark, water flows, paper flutters, blurred vision, critical analysis.

Business Collocations

Most of the time, collocations are critical in several types of businesses and work scenes. There are multiple ways in which you can make a collocation with the help of verbs, nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. They can be mixed with keywords and a business expression can be made. 

Some of the Important Business Collocations are as follows.

  • Security Blanket

  • Cash Flow

  • Opinion Poll

  • Make Money

  • Forgive a Debt

  • Counterfeit Money

  • Key in a PIN

  • Annual Turnover

  • Go Bankrupt

  • Cease to Trade

  • Hard-earned Money

  • Deposit a Check

  • Close a Deal

  • Open an Account

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: What are Collocations?

Answer: Collocation can also be defined as a group of words that seem to belong together. Collocation is a grouping of familiar words which seems to be together because of their continual use and thus creating the same meaning.

Q2: What is Noun Collocation?

Answer: In Noun collocations, a verb and a noun can be used to form a group of words. For instance, the Service industry, tea leaf, dogs bark, water flows, paper flutters, blurred vision, critical analysis, etc.

Q3: What are Verb Collocations?

Answer: Verb collocations are used extensively and tend to involve a verb + noun in the day to day situations.

Q4: Why are Collocations Important?

Answer: Collocations are essential because they make your language sound natural. If you have an expertise in collocations, your English will be more idiomatic, that is, more identical to the way native speakers speak.

Q5: What is Noun Collocation? Give Examples.

Answer: Noun collocation is any phrase or word that is often used with another phrase or word, in a way that ​sounds ​accurate to ​people who are familiar with the collocation grammar and English language. For example, ‘take care’, ‘have fun’, ‘do your best’, ‘make a phone call’.