English Collocations Proficiency Quiz!

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  • 1. 

    What is a collocation?

    • A.

      Collocation is a type of formulaic language. Formulaic language consists of fixed expressions that you learn and understand as units rather than as individual words.

    • B.

      Collocation means a natural combination of words.

    • C.

      Collocation is a pair or a group of words that are often used together.

    • D.

      Collocation is a verb that consists of a verb and a particle or a verb and two particles.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Collocation means a natural combination of words.
    C. Collocation is a pair or a group of words that are often used together.
    Explanation
    Collocation is a pair or a group of words that are often used together. This means that certain words have a tendency to occur together in a particular language or context. It is a natural combination of words that native speakers use without thinking about it. For example, we often say "make a decision" or "take a shower" instead of using other words like "do a decision" or "have a shower". Collocations help to make language more fluent and natural sounding.

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  • 2. 

    Which of these words does fast collocate with car, food, glance, meal?

    • A.

      Food

    • B.

      Car

    • C.

      Meal

    • D.

      Glance

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Food
    B. Car
    Explanation
    The word "fast" collocates with "car" because it implies speed and can refer to a fast-moving car. It also collocates with "food" because it can describe food that is prepared quickly or eaten quickly. However, it does not collocate with "glance" or "meal" as there is no inherent connection between the concept of speed and these words.

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  • 3. 

    Which of these are compounds: computer, narrow-minded, teapot, ancient monument, car park?

    • A.

      Computer

    • B.

      Narrow-minded

    • C.

      Teapot

    • D.

      Car park

    • E.

      Ancient monument

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Narrow-minded
    C. Teapot
    D. Car park
    Explanation
    The compounds in the given options are "narrow-minded," "teapot," and "car park." A compound is a word that is made up of two or more separate words combined together to form a new word with a different meaning. "Narrow-minded" is a compound because it combines the words "narrow" and "minded" to describe a person with a limited perspective. "Teapot" is a compound as it combines the words "tea" and "pot" to refer to a vessel used for brewing and serving tea. "Car park" is also a compound as it combines the words "car" and "park" to describe a designated area for parking vehicles.

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  • 4. 

    What do we call expressions like passing the buck and be over the moon?

    • A.

      Collocations

    • B.

      Idioms

    • C.

      Phrasal verbs

    Correct Answer
    B. Idioms
    Explanation
    Idioms are expressions that have a figurative meaning different from their literal meaning. "Passing the buck" and "be over the moon" are examples of idioms. They cannot be understood by looking at the individual words, but rather require knowledge of their figurative meaning. Collocations are words that often go together, and phrasal verbs are verbs that consist of a main verb and one or more particles. However, neither of these terms accurately describe the expressions given in the question.

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  • 5. 

    Learning collocations will make your English sound more natural.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Learning collocations refers to learning which words commonly go together in English. This includes understanding which verbs are typically used with certain nouns, or which adjectives are commonly used to describe certain nouns. By learning collocations, learners can use English in a way that sounds more natural and fluent. Therefore, the statement that learning collocations will make your English sound more natural is true.

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  • 6. 

    Learning collocations will help you to express yourself in a variety of ways.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Learning collocations will help you to express yourself in a variety of ways. This means that by understanding and using collocations, you will be able to communicate more effectively and fluently. Collocations are combinations of words that naturally go together, and knowing them allows you to sound more natural and native-like in your language use. By learning collocations, you can expand your vocabulary, improve your writing and speaking skills, and enhance your overall communication abilities.

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  • 7. 

    You will not be understood unless you use collocations properly.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is incorrect. The correct answer is False. The sentence states that in order to be understood, one must use collocations properly. However, this is not true as using collocations properly is not the only factor that contributes to being understood. While using collocations correctly can enhance communication and understanding, there are several other factors such as grammar, pronunciation, and context that also play a significant role in being understood.

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  • 8. 

    Learning collocations will help you to write better English.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Learning collocations will help improve one's English writing skills. Collocations are combinations of words that are frequently used together and have become natural to native speakers. By learning and using these collocations, one can enhance their vocabulary and produce more fluent and natural-sounding sentences. This knowledge of collocations enables writers to express their ideas more effectively and accurately, resulting in better English writing overall.

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  • 9. 

    Make a mistake, a storm in a tea cup and live music are:

    • A.

      Compound, idioms and collocation

    • B.

      Idiom, collocation and compound

    • C.

      Collocation, idiom and compound

    Correct Answer
    C. Collocation, idiom and compound
    Explanation
    The given options are describing three different phrases: "make a mistake," "a storm in a teacup," and "live music." "Make a mistake" is a collocation, as it is a commonly used phrase where the words "make" and "mistake" are often used together. "A storm in a teacup" is an idiom, as it is a figurative expression that means a small or insignificant problem. "Live music" is a compound, as it is a combination of two words that form a single meaning. Therefore, the correct answer is collocation, idiom, and compound.

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  • 10. 

    When I left university I ________ a decision to take up a profession in which I could be creative.

    Correct Answer
    made
    Explanation
    The to verb 'to make' collocated with decision.

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  • 11. 

    I could ________ the guitar, but I never________ any songs.

    Correct Answer
    play
    wrote
    Explanation
    The sentence suggests that the person is capable of playing the guitar, but they have never written any songs.

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  • 12. 

    I________some recordings but I had a rather heavy cold, so they didn’t sound good. I made some more, and sent them to a record company and waited for them to reply.

    Correct Answer
    made
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "made". The sentence is in the past tense and the word "made" fits grammatically as the verb that indicates the action of creating or producing recordings.

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  • 13. 

    So, while I was waiting to ________ famous, I________ a job in a fastfood restaurant. That was five years ago. I’m still ________ the same job.

    Correct Answer
    become, be
    got
    doing
    Explanation
    The sentence suggests that the person was waiting to become famous but in the meantime, they got a job in a fast food restaurant. The phrase "That was five years ago" indicates that they are still in the same job. Therefore, the correct answers are "become" to indicate the person's aspiration to become famous, "be" to indicate their current state of being in the same job, "got" to indicate that they obtained the job in the past, and "doing" to indicate that they are currently still in the same job.

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