5 Common English Collocations in Use

In this video we learn 5 common English collocations and you will see two illustrated sentence examples for each collocation.

Why are collocations important? Because they reflect the way native English speakers speak, in everyday, conversational English. Surely, it’s every English student’s goal to speak English like a native speaker.

By learning common collocations, your English will not sound unnatural, awkward and stiff.

So, with the goal in mind of speaking English fluently, focus now on the latest group of English collocations in this video.

Here is the transcript of the video – ENGLISH COLLOCATIONS in Use – Module 3 (10 Illustrated Examples)

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Slide 3:
The five common English collocations you will learn in this lesson are . . .

  • take a seat (invite someone to sit down)
  • make an exception
  • get nowhere (have no success, make no progress)
  • keep in touch (maintain contact)
  • pay a visit (visit someone or something)

Slide 4:
The receptionist said to the job applicants: “You’re a little early but please, come in and take a seat.”

Slide 5:
The speaker waited for everyone in the audience to take their seats before starting his presentation.

Slide 6:
This classic joke is credited to Groucho Marx: “I never forget a face — but I’m going to make an exception in your case!”

Slide 7:
She keeps to her diet all week but on Sundays she makes an exception.

Slide 8:
After working out at the gym for weeks and hardly losing any weight, she felt she was getting nowhere.

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After trying to persuade him for over an hour, she realized she was getting nowhere and decided to go.

Slide 10:
As she left for college, her Mum said: “We’ll miss you. Make sure you keep in touch!”

Slide 11:
For millions of people, Facebook is still their favourite way of keeping in touch with family and friends.

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After letting his hair grow long, he finally decided to pay a visit to the barber.

Slide 13:
She went to pay a visit to the bathroom, but when she saw how dirty it was, she changed her mind.

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Remember, the 5 English collocations in use discussed in this video are . . .

  • take a seat (invite someone to sit down)
  • make an exception
  • get nowhere (have no success, make no progress)
  • keep in touch (maintain contact)
  • pay a visit (visit someone or something)

Discover more English collocations in use from another video in this series:

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Slide 7 – chocolate
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Slide 9 – leaving
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Slide 10 – mother daughter
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Slide 11 – Facebook
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Slide 12 – barber
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Slide 13 – bathroom
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