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are the number of the collocations of a word constant?

hi everybody, would you please explain a little about collocations ? are the collocations of a word constant? should I memorize them ?

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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,981 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    @Mehrdad, yes, it is advisable to memorise them.

    E.g. you say 'take photos' and not 'make photos' etc.

    Language is changing and so are collocations.


  • MehrdadMehrdad Posts: 22 ✭✭
    @Xanthippe, Thank you for your answer.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 19,969 mod
    @Mehrdad - Collocations are specific to a language. The native speakers use that language spontaneously, but when an outsider has to learn a newly language then this is sometimes not so obvious. I had to memorize some of the frequently used applications of these collocations at school. Here you have a few exapmles:
    a ball of string
    a bar of chocolate
    a bottle of water
    a bunch of carrots
    a cube of sugar
    a pack of cards
    a pad of paper
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