So you want to learn collocations and commonly used English expressions? Two or more words that usually go together and sound right to native speakers all over the world are called collocations and expressions.
Some collocations and expressions also can be unnatural and sound wrong to native speakers.
For example “fast food” is a collocation. If you try to say “quick food” it will sound wrong to native speakers. If you learn these collocations and expressions your English will sound more natural and easily understood.
Collocations Meaning & Example List
|Do something, act
|They need to take action to solve the problem.
|The company has made good progress this year.
|Participate, be part of
|He wants to get involved in the community.
|Have an impact
|Her speech had a great impact on her friends.
|He has to deal with a lot of stress at school.
|She went through a difficult time after losing her husband.
|She came across an old photo of her family.
|Seek help, rely on
|When he had a problem, he always turns to his father.
|Put effort into
|Try hard, invest energy
|He has been putting a lot of effort into his work.
|The company is planning to carry out a new project.
|Play a role
|Be part of, contribute
|His volunteering work plays a big role in his life.
Common Collocations List
|The judge must do justice in the court.
|Make a mistake
|She made a mistake in her calculations.
|Take a break
|You need to take a break from work.
|Get a job
|He’s been trying to get a new job.
|Go on vacation
|Take a trip
|They’re going on vacation to Paris next week.
|Have a baby
|They’re going to have a baby in a few months.
|Do a good job
|You did a good job on your new project.
|Make an effort
|I’ll make an effort to be on time tomorrow.
|She must take responsibility for her mistakes.
|We’re getting married next month.
|Go to school
|He goes to school every day.
|Have a party
|We’re having a party for our anniversary.
Common English Expressions List
|At the end of the day
|At the end of the day, it’s up to you what to do.
|Break the ice
|He told a joke to break the ice at the meeting.
|Cut to the chase
|Get straight to the point
|Can we cut to the chase and talk about the real problem here?
|Give someone a hand
|Can you give me a hand with this heavy box?
|In a nutshell
|In a nutshell, the project was a success.
|It’s not rocket science
|It’s not difficult
|Figuring out how to use English collocations is not rocket science.
|Let’s face it
|To be honest
|Let’s face it, we made a great mistake here.
|Make ends meet
|Earn enough to pay bills
|It’s hard to make ends meet on a low salary.
|Put it this way
|Express in a different way
|Put it this way, if you don’t study, you’ll fail the exam.
|Take it easy
|Take it easy my friend, it will pass soon.
|To tell you the truth
|To tell you the truth, I don’t know what to do with her.
Collocation & Expression PDF
You can download commonly used English collocations and expressions pdf down below.