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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
Learn English in September

learn English collocations

MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
A collocation is two or more words that often go together. These combinations just sound "right" to native English speakers, who use them all the time. On the other hand, other combinations may be unnatural and just sound "wrong


  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    collocations with have ;
    have a bath
    have a drink
    have a good time
    have a haircut
    have a holiday
    have a problem
    have a relationship
    have a rest
    have lunch
    have sympathy
  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    collocations with take ;
    take a break
    take a chance
    take a look
    take a rest
    take a seat
    take a taxi
    take an exam
    take notes
    take someone's place
    take someone's temperature
  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    edited April 2015
    1)damaging consequences _ the damaging consequences of unemployment affect all levels of society
    2)mounting evidence _ there is mounting scientific evidence that global warming is damaging earth atmosphere.
  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    *Sources confirmed_ media sources confirmed that fighting had restarted in the war zone.
    *basic element_soy products are a basic element of many Chinese and Japanese recipes
  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    1)Earning capacity:
    The earning capacity of a woman in her lifstone is generally much less than that of a man.
    2)marked contrast:
    There is often a marked contrast between the cost of living in cities and the cost of living in rural area.
  • ZomZom Shadok Posts: 3,080 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Are you learning by heart all those lists, @MOHSEN?
    It befits a man to be merry and glad
    Until the day of his death.
  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    @Zom yes, I wrote down those here after learning them
  • ZomZom Shadok Posts: 3,080 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Aren't you afraid of forgetting them after a few weeks?
    It befits a man to be merry and glad
    Until the day of his death.
  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    @Zom Ofcourse I am afraid ,but I try to practice again and again.
  • ZomZom Shadok Posts: 3,080 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I've never been good at remembering lists. Good luck with this task. :)
    It befits a man to be merry and glad
    Until the day of his death.
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    @Zom Then we will listen this list on skype from you. :)
  • ZomZom Shadok Posts: 3,080 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    What? What's on on Skype?
    It befits a man to be merry and glad
    Until the day of his death.
  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    @zom it means you will repeat them in your way for us while talking on Skype
  • ZomZom Shadok Posts: 3,080 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    No, no,no, I'm sorry, I really don't like litanies, it's too repetitive, and this would sound like it. Anyway when do you usually meet up on Skype guys?
    It befits a man to be merry and glad
    Until the day of his death.
  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    Sample Collocations

    There are several different types of collocation. Collocations can be adjective + adverb, noun + noun, verb + noun and so on. Below you can see seven main types of collocation in sample sentences.

    1. adverb + adjective

    Invading that country was an 'utterly stupid' thing to do.
    We entered a 'richly decorated' room.
    Are you 'fully aware' of the implications of your action?

    2. adjective + noun

    The doctor ordered him to take 'regular exercise'.
    The Titanic sank on its 'maiden voyage'.
    He was writhing on the ground in 'excruciating pain'.

    3. noun + noun

    Let's give Mr Jones a 'round of applause'.
    The 'ceasefire agreement' came into effect at 11am.
    I'd like to buy two 'bars of soap' please.

    4. noun + verb

    The lion started to roar when it heard the 'dog barking'.
    'Snow was falling' as our plane took off.
    The 'bomb went off' when he started the car engine.

    5. verb + noun

    The prisoner was hanged for 'committing murder'.
    I always try to 'do my homework'in the morning, after 'making my bed'.
    He has been asked to 'give a presentation' about his work.

    6. verb + expression with preposition

    We had to return home because we had' run out of money'.
    At first her eyes 'filled with horror', and then she 'burst into tears'.
    Their behavior was enough to 'drive anybody to crime'.

    7. verb + adverb

    She 'placed her keys gently' on the table and sat down.
    Mary' whispered softly' in John's ear.
    I 'vaguely remember' that it was growing dark when we left.
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    Class over.:)
  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    1)retain control/close ties/independence:
    the national park retained control of the land,even though it was being used for commercial farming

    2)positive/unfavorable/wait and see attitude
    many people adopt wait and see attitude toward new technologies.
  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    1) Adverse impact ;
    Mass consumerism has had an adverse impact on credit card debt.

    2)Fully appreciated ;
    To fully appreciate the beauty of garden,it is best to visit when the flowers are in full bloom
  • BubblyBubbly Posts: 29,890 ✭✭✭✭
    @MOHSEN Really informative. :)
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