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What are "collocations"?

The word "resentment" means:

The hurricane ____________ havoc on the city.

The company's new policy provoked ____________ among the employees.

"To prompt speculation" means ____________.

If the sales continue to be this low, it could ____________ disaster for our company.

An "outcry" means ____________.

When the fire chief described the situation as a "disaster", she was referring to ____________.

Which of the following expressions is incorrect?

Which of the following expressions is correct?


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162 Comments on “Advanced Vocabulary of CAUSE & EFFECT”


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Interesting lesson 5/10.. Thanks very much

Monday, May 18th 2015

    Collocation is a useful strategy not only to expand our vocabulary, but also -as you put it- to transform it.

    I’ve already heard of collocation before, but to tell the truth I’ve never seen it at work.

    Thanks for this superb lesson Rebecca.

    Tuesday, May 19th 2015

      Rebecca is a great teacher, I’m always getting my English better with her and the other great nine. Really lucky to have found this.

      She was the first teacher I randomly found on YouTube.

      Tuesday, May 19th 2015

        me too I find Rebecca a great teacher, she explains things very well and the topics are great too

        Sunday, June 7th 2015

      . . . making mistakes as usual . . .

      CORRECTION: “I HAD already heard of collocationS before, but . . . I HAD “never” seen THEM at work in a formal language lesson.”

      I think it sounds much better now.

      Open to any suggestions, thanks.

      Tuesday, May 19th 2015

        It sounds more correct “I had never seen……”, but; it didn’t occur to me that the 1st one was wrong.

        Wednesday, May 20th 2015

      My pleasure, thanks, Regino. All the best!

      Sunday, May 24th 2015

    Thanks. Reviewing the lesson will help you understand and remember the expressions more easily. All the best to you!

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

tnx rebecca got 10/10.

Monday, May 18th 2015

Hi Rebecca, this lesson was so dificult to me.

Monday, May 18th 2015

    This was an advanced lesson, in terms of the vocabulary. Still, sometimes you have to watch a lesson more than once to understand it better. I wish you all the best.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

Very good lesson! Thanks

Monday, May 18th 2015

6/10
I need to study more

Monday, May 18th 2015

Hi Rebecca!
I wasn’t very familiar with collocations. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in all my studies, and if I hadn’t watched this lesson, I would probably use CAUSE for all those nouns. I only knew ‘spell disaster’ ’cause I watch TV shows a lot and I think I heard that one, don’t remember which TV show. :D

So, thank you so much for those. It might have a lot more to learn, but that’s a good start.

I’m happy I’m starting the week with that knowledge. Thanks! I got 10/10. :D

See ya!

Monday, May 18th 2015

    If you didn’t watch this lesson, You would probably use CAUSE for all those nouns.

    Tuesday, May 19th 2015

    Glad to know the lesson helped you enrich your vocabulary, Renata. All the best!

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

      Thank you!

      Monday, May 25th 2015

        Hi Renata , my name is Kate, I’m from Poland . I prepered to FCE exam but I’ve got a break recently. I need more practise may I contact with you to speak ?

        Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

7/10. I got new words. Thank you, Rebecca :)

Monday, May 18th 2015

thanks teacher! I’ve never heard these collocations.

Monday, May 18th 2015

    Until now! And now you will recognize the colocations when you hear or read them again. And then one day you will use them yourself! That’s learning, and that’s growing. My best wishes to you.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

      *collocations

      Sunday, May 24th 2015

This is the absorbed lesson, Thanks teacher

Monday, May 18th 2015

very interesting lesson , I got 100 tks Rebecca

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

thanks for this lesson, got 8 of 10, need more practice though

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

    Yes, the best way to transfer new vocabulary and expressions into our long-term memory is to review them regularly, until we know them well. My best to you.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

very good lesson. waiting more like this one ;)

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Generally in newspapers collocations are used very often.Thanks a lot Rebecca for this useful video as you made it very easy to understand:)

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Oh, It is difficult for me I got 6 correct out of 10 from your quiz. I have to learn anymore.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

    That’s fine. You’re on your way to learning more every day. This was an advanced lesson so you may need to review more. All the best to you.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

Nice lesson.
Thank you, Rebecca.
10/10 but with some challenge.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Thank you, Rebecca!:) Collocations are so important!:))

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

    Yes, collocations are very important. They really can transform your vocabulary to a high native-speaker level. All the best to you.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

Very useful lesson. We need more collcations please. We are awaiting for episode 2. Thank you very very VERY much.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

    You’re very very VERY welcome! I will record more lessons such as these. My best to you.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

      hahahahaha. Thank you again. You give us freely your best. You are an angel.

      Friday, May 29th 2015

8/10 ı think ıt ıs good for me ı have seen fırst tıme about that. thanks rebecca,

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

You’re so great teacher Rebeca. I got 9/10 :) I didn’t answer third question
I wonder if they have same meaning why don’t I use them instead of another one
Who anwers my question? Thanks in advance
all my best wishes to you (I learnt it from you rebeca. Is it correct?)

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

    May I say something?
    ….That’s true, you can always say or express something by using the verb “cause”; that’s fine, that’s correct English, too. But if you would to improve your English much more advanced, you need to expand more your vocabulary by using the collocations.

    You know, that’s why Rebecca shows us how to describe “cause and effect”, how to use the combination of words, and why we learn the collocations. And for what? It’s for increasing expressions in writing and also in speaking much more fluently.

    My best wishes to you. ( yup, It’s correct; we learnt it from Rebecca.)

    Thank you, Rebecca for teaching us a lot of interesting lessons. My warmest wishes to you.

    Wednesday, May 20th 2015

    Hi Manolya, Sorry, I forgot to write your name when I just mentioned on your question lately.

    Wednesday, May 20th 2015

      Chole Lee, thanks for helping Manolya. I really appreciate it.

      Manolya, the answer to question number 3 was “wreaked havoc” because that is the standard collocation. These words go together, not the other words. All the best.

      Sunday, May 24th 2015

        Dear Rebecca.

        I just wondered if I did something wrong?
        Honestly, I felt really regret about my opinion was so long. It must be bored for you and everyone who read through my writing. Please, don’t laugh at me!….

        You know, Rebecca. Perhaps it was just because of my English writing. I would love to study English so much. Truly, study of English language is my goal and also my hobby…. ^-^

        Up to now, I still feel embarrassed about it.
        Thanks for your feed back.
        Kind regards.

        Monday, May 25th 2015

          Thanks for your answer CHOLE LEE
          I enjoy reading your comment
          I think you are very kind of person
          I am delighted about that not bored

          Saturday, May 30th 2015

          My pleasure. And thank you for reading my comment. I wish you all the best.

          Saturday, May 30th 2015

great teacher, i got 10/10 !! and new vocabularies as well

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Hi Rebecca,
It’s a difficult lesson but very useful to improve our english.
Many thanks

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

thank you very much
best regards

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Thanx, 10 of 10 and I hope this tutorial will be kept in my head.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

    If you review new words and expressions often after first learning them, you will remember much more easily. That is the way our memory works! My best to you!

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

Thank very much it was so helpful for me i got 9/10 very good teacher we need more lesson like this to speak correctly in a educate way :D

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Thank Rebecca

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Thank you

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Very useful to raise my vocabulary. Thnx Rebecca!

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Many thanks 7\10

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Rebecca Thank you so much. I got 8/10. good to learn something new for me.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

It’s an amazing work,thnx Rebecca

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Honestly i don’t know how i got 7/10 . eh may was ghost on my head answering this questions because there is a lot i never heard . but anyway for the lesson we love .

Tuesday, May 19th 2015

I AM POOR IN ENGLISH

Wednesday, May 20th 2015

    YOU WILL GET BETTER IF YOU STOP TYPING IN ALL-CAPS and use proper capitalization, like this :)

    Wednesday, May 20th 2015

Thank you. It was my first lesson with you. It was a little bit difficult for me…

Wednesday, May 20th 2015

    Welcome to engvid! This was an advanced lesson. You can search for lessons at other levels too. All the best to you.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

Very good lesson! Thanks Rebecca, I got 10/10 :D

Wednesday, May 20th 2015

10/10. Loved this lesson :)

Wednesday, May 20th 2015

thank you

Wednesday, May 20th 2015

Thank you Rebecca!
My teacher rarely tell me about collocations but I often see it on the test.

Wednesday, May 20th 2015

    So, now you are smarter and will do better on tests and in life! My best to you.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

thank you Rebecca, to learn this lesson has produced a great result in my English knowledge. (Is this sentence correct?

Wednesday, May 20th 2015

Got 10/10 but still i need find a way to memorize all of these new words. Thank you Rebbeca. :D

Wednesday, May 20th 2015

9/10. Collocations!?
Who was in a recent past, the Mayor, whose actions produced an outcry with some proportions and bred resentments among the Toronto population and in the meantime wreaked some journalist cameras (and noses!..). Who was? ….. Robbiiiiiie yeah.
Rapper Robbiiiiiie F.

Thursday, May 21st 2015

    I see you follow the news! But now he is unwell, so we stopped joking about him. My best to you, Jorge.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

I can’t believe it! Honestly, I’ve been very lucky

Thursday, May 21st 2015

Thank you. the problem is the more I learn the more I forget. I have introduced myself with many words, surprisingly, a few od them are known to me.

Friday, May 22nd 2015

    I understand your concern. The trick is to learn in a way that is based on memory principles. This means we must review often after first learning something new, until it comes easily. Then we can review less frequently. Try to make a game of it, using flash cards, your own quizzes, etc and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much you start remembering. Our memories can be trained, just like athletes train their bodies. I wish you all the best.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

Thank you Rebecca

Friday, May 22nd 2015

Thank You..It is is very helpful for me..:)

Saturday, May 23rd 2015

Hello Rebeca,
I think collocations should be one of the more difficult matters for any language learner, it requires a lot of practice and very memory. I am grateful for this lesson, and I would like to ask you more lessons on the same point.
All the best.

Saturday, May 23rd 2015

    Thanks for your feedback. Actually, learning collocations is a much faster way to improve one’s English. I will record more lessons like this. All the best to you.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

Thx Rebecca! I wuld like to ask you to make a lesson unsound “e”. When we shuld write it, and when we culd`t write it.

One big PLEASE for you.

Saturday, May 23rd 2015

thank you

Saturday, May 23rd 2015

10/10 :D
You are a great teacher :)
thank you

Sunday, May 24th 2015

    Well, apparently, you are a great student! Thanks and all the best to you.

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

Great exercise. One last question. What are the most common collocations used when writing a summary about a bank customer structured as follows:

customer background
significant credits
significant debits
conclusion

I’m referring to formal business writing.

Thank you in advance,

Sunday, May 24th 2015

    That is quite a big topic which I would not be able to cover here. Please check online for such collocations and you should be able to find them. All the best!

    Sunday, May 24th 2015

Thanks to all for your feedback.

This was an advanced lesson, with higher level vocabulary and collocations, so don’t worry if it was a little challenging for you. It will help to watch the lesson more than once and also to take notes, use the collocations in your own sentences and so on. When you interact with the new material in different ways, you help your brain to retain the information more easily. All the best to all of you!

Sunday, May 24th 2015

Thank you, teacher!:)

Monday, May 25th 2015

i got 7 of 10. i couldnt remember all thinks you said. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015

sorry.things

Tuesday, May 26th 2015

Um… Rebecca, could you make a lesson on TRANSITIVE and INTRANSITIVE VERBS, how to use them… I’m not sure what to ask about this topic, but it’s something that my brain can’t process. I would appreciate what you’d have to say about it.

Also, I don’t know which teacher to ask this, you were the person in my head. That’s it! Thx!

PS: I guess that if I get in English (transitive and intransitive verbs), I’ll also get in Portuguese. It’s also a bit difficult. In Portuguese is waaay more complicated.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015

I got 10/10. I feel just happy!
Rebeca you are a great teacher. I would love to attend to your real classes…. :)
Thank you!
All the best!

Tuesday, May 26th 2015

It was very useful but i am not sure to remember. “learn again and again..”

Tuesday, May 26th 2015

thanks once again,please mam,i have always been confused about TO,when i read and write.kindly,if you bring a lesson about TO.it will be great especially for me. I hope must you will….

Wednesday, May 27th 2015

Thank you so much, Rebecca!This lesson has been so useful and interesting as well!

Wednesday, May 27th 2015

10/10 yeah!!!

Thursday, May 28th 2015

I came across this website today only!!!!!! And it caught my attention like anything ! Great work and u can see the result nw – im ya member
N looking forward to learn more good stuff regading english

Friday, May 29th 2015

    Welcome to engvid! Do explore the site as we have 100s of lessons which could help you. All the best!

    Sunday, June 14th 2015

Sometimes our relatives listen to us not attentively.. That breeds a resentment, of course.. But we should remember – it’s not disaster :)

Thank you, i like your lessons!

Friday, May 29th 2015

It was challenging quiz . I got 5/10. You know, I should wrok on my vocabulary which is my weak point.

Friday, May 29th 2015

Very interesting lesson, Thanks so much Rebecca

Monday, June 1st 2015

Thank you! T got grade 10. :D

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

Thank you Rebecca

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015

Thank you Rebecca. ESL students always need collocations. Sometimes we want to use a harder word, but we can not remember its collocative (?) noun.

Thursday, June 4th 2015

Thank you very much

Thursday, June 4th 2015

thank you so much got 7/10

Friday, June 5th 2015

I really enjoyed and also got to know new vocabulary. Thanks I got 10/10

Friday, June 5th 2015

Hello everyone, Hi Rebecca. Thank you for your new video.I enjoyed this lesson and I think even though learning vocabulary takes time, it’s easier to remember words when they are studied along with others in expressions that are comonly used. It’s the first time I hear the word “collocations” and I wonder if it means the same that compound expressions. It would be nice to watch more videos about this topic. Best wishes, Jose

Friday, June 5th 2015

    Thanks for taking the time to leave your detailed comments, Jose, and glad to hear you found the lesson helpful. I will record more lessons on collocations and in the meantime, you could look online for more such examples. My best wishes to you.

    Sunday, June 14th 2015

best wishes

Sunday, June 7th 2015

dear Rebecca.
I noticed that all the verbs in the given sentences are used to cause somethings bad,such as outcry,disaster.So,what I want to know is whether these verbs can modify somethings good,such as some good news,fortune.
thank you

Sunday, June 7th 2015

hi a really appreciated you Madam for all effort ! but i feel actually such as stupid due to 7/10 :'(

Monday, June 8th 2015

    Always look at the glass as half full instead of half empty! Always feel proud of what you did achieve, instead of feeling anything negative. If you got 3 right out of 10, then be happy about the 3, if you got 7 right, then feel good about the 7. One way or the other, focus on the positive and that will make whatever remains to be learned that much easier. Encourage yourself as you would encourage others. My best wishes to you.

    Sunday, June 14th 2015

very usefull ….. Thanks

Monday, June 8th 2015

I’ll never heard about collocations. I enjoyed this lesson. I got 10!!!

Monday, June 8th 2015

Super nice video. Hi Rebecca, adding s to a possessive noun like boss is new rule? I see you still added s to boss. What I know is that we only put this ‘ sign to form a possessive noun.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015

Thanks for the lesson Rebecca. I’ll take TOEFL next friday and I know for sure that all the information I’m learning from your classes and the content from Engvid will enrich my skills. This lesson particularly will be used, hehehehe. Last time I took TOEFL my score was 78, not enough for the college I’m applying. I was so anxious and terrified ’cause my skills in english were learnt playing video games, watching movies and, when I had the opportunity, talking with native speakers. I’ll keep up watching engvid videos and your classes to improve even more my skills. A huge thanks.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015

    Thanks for your feedback. Please check my site – goodlucktoefl.com – for more help with the exam. All the best to you.

    Sunday, June 14th 2015

Rebecca, the great teacher who has a very good approach to teach English in a logical way.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015

    Thank you for your well-worded comment. You are right – logic helps us organize information and understand more easily. I wish you all the best.

    Sunday, June 14th 2015

Thank you Rebecca,you are a very good teacher,and I hope I will speak english very soon by your help and the other Teachers.Thank you.

Friday, June 12th 2015

Hi Rebecca,thank you. Would you mind give me suggestion to memorize these advanced words?

Friday, June 12th 2015

    The best way to remember new information is to review it often, until it enters your long-term memory. It’s great to watch this lesson, but that’s just the start! After that, put the words into a vocabulary notebook, write your own sentences, watch the video again next week, and so on. Our brains need this review, until the new vocabulary becomes a part of us. I know you can do it! All the best.

    Sunday, June 14th 2015

Dear Rebecca,
I fully understand the word collocation: It is a structural element of a sentence. It has a significant impact on the meaning of the sentence. Thank you very much.
Yours sincerely.

Friday, June 12th 2015

More than helpful, thx!

Friday, June 12th 2015

Thank you, Rebecca. Got 10 out of 10

Friday, June 12th 2015

Thank you very much for this video!

Sunday, June 14th 2015

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

Sunday, June 14th 2015

hello Mrs. Rebecca,
i’m a translator and this lesson has enriched my vocabulary
Thank you

Monday, June 15th 2015

Hi Teacher Rebecca, I would like to thank you for your good explanation.

Wednesday, June 17th 2015

that’s very useful thank you so much

Wednesday, June 17th 2015

thank you Rebecca!

Wednesday, June 17th 2015

i got 8/10 .. i never get more than 8 in intermediate and advanced lesson ._.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

HOW CAN IMPROVE MY ENGLISH I WAS LEVEL BEGINNER…I CAN’T’ REMEMBER A LOT ADVANCED NATIVE SPEAKER

Thursday, June 25th 2015

It was a lit of bit difficult to me. But I will try to remember them .
Thank you so much to my teacher .

Thursday, June 25th 2015

Dear Prof.Rebecca,
I would appreciate it, If you would be so kind as to let me have some information about Cleft-Sentences. Let me explain presently: sometimes I have some problem about Cleft-sentences. Were one to use these sentences, where would one use them. If I may, you are a very good teacher,

Thursday, June 25th 2015

Very helpful

Thursday, July 2nd 2015

difference between in terms of and with respect to. and when to use these two

Friday, July 3rd 2015

I got 8 correct out of 10. It’s good! :)

Saturday, July 4th 2015

Thank you for such sophisticated expressions, Rebecca!
But I’m absolutely baffled about articles =(
Why there are indefinite “an outcry”, definite “the results”(although it is plural) and no article in four other cases?

Sunday, July 5th 2015

The first time I write comment to this website. I live in Senegal, in a non-english speaking country but I very proud of my level thank to website and english’s teachers through the internet. I really thank Mr. REBECCA and all others teachers of this website

Sunday, July 12th 2015

    Welcome to engVid, and thanks for commenting! Your comment is really well-written, but here’s an embarrassing error to watch for: “Mr.” is for men, “Ms.”, “Miss” and “Mrs.” are for women. So it should be “Ms. Rebecca” :) Please stick around!

    Monday, July 13th 2015

for me there is a lot of new words but still great lesson thanks Rebecca

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015

All these expressions are happening now in Syria

Thursday, July 23rd 2015

10/10 ,thanks

Thursday, July 23rd 2015

Hi Rebecca,

I got quite confused when I read and heard “favoritism” instead of “favouritism” on your lesson. Actually even my keyboard has ignoring the word “favoritism” auto-correcting to “favouritism”. I googled it and saw booth are correct. Is it just american/british different way to write/spell?

Thank you for your great lessons.
Greetings from Brazi! ;)l

Tuesday, July 28th 2015

very useful lesson. Thank you.

Saturday, August 8th 2015

really helpful to level up my vocabulary as well as grammar. Thanks, I’ll keep watching it.

Sunday, August 30th 2015

Rebecca,
Your presentation arouse the best in me.
Thank you very much. All the best!

Tuesday, September 8th 2015

Thank you! Rebecca, I got 100% You are a fantastic professor in my opinion..:)
I’m working to get my GED right now. Your lesson are very helpful!

Gracias!

Sunday, September 20th 2015

Rebecca please help me to understand cnn chanal and American movies which are so difficult for me

Saturday, September 26th 2015

Il appreciate you

Saturday, September 26th 2015

Thanks for helping me

Saturday, September 26th 2015

Thanks a lot .If you stop publishing new videos you’ll spell a disaster for us! And it’ll probably provoke outcry all over the word so if you don’t want to breed resentment among the people who likes following your videos please keep going…

Sunday, October 4th 2015

Thank you so much .I am very happy to learn english with you .

Wednesday, November 11th 2015

Hello,Rebecca. I write just to thank you for your very valuable lessons. I’ve never provided feedback on any online articles or videos but your lessons really impressed me. I have to care for my little child and so where is no possibility for me to visit english schools or cousers. Bur of course I wish I could feel more confident in my ability to communicate in English. Actually, I’ve never been a good english speaker. And since I’ve discovered your lessons, I got an excellent chance to improve my English without leaving home.
Thank you very much!

Thursday, November 12th 2015

9/10

Monday, December 28th 2015

Can I have more collocations here?

Friday, March 4th 2016

Rebecca, It’s really fantastic lesson.Why don’t you make a series of YouTube collocation lessons like this video. if you don’t mind !

Saturday, March 12th 2016

Thank you Rebecca, your lesson has always been interesting to learn. Greetings from Indonesia.

Monday, March 14th 2016

A thank you from a teacher of English from Russia. I am constantly improving my English and this lesson is very helpful too. I hope these collocations will pop up in my head when I need them.

Sunday, May 1st 2016

Dear Rebecca, thank you so much for teaching collocation. I would like to know more about different categories, could you guide me how to find a complete list of collocations? however I know there are thousand of them.
bests

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

wow, I cant believe it. i got 10 out of 10.
By the way it was a good lesson…Great.. Waiting for next lesson like this one..

Tuesday, May 24th 2016

Thank You for this lesson.

Thursday, June 16th 2016

Thank you for the support.

Thursday, August 25th 2016
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