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 Now I understood! = Any word never stands alone!  It is always bound to another word, like a magnet!  We must remember this when we are trying to make a sentence.

Example: "Water" is a simple liquid idea... and... suddenly it can change to  a huge  "Waterfall" or a tiny "Raindrop".

So, let's practise "How to use Chunks of Language" in order to memorize any new word. I will study it from EC-Vocabulary-Collocations: Visit the site:

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Comment by Expector Smith on January 8, 2014 at 23:17

You may ask such a question "How come fast food is natural while quick food not?".

Sometimes you just try to memorize them and use them right - there's no why:))

You use "off shore" but "off the coast" - I don't know why, but that's the correct combination.

Comment by Expector Smith on January 8, 2014 at 23:06

Thanks for sharing! Yes, you got it.

Collocation (a particular combination of words) can make you sound "right". They may tell that you're not a native English speaker just by the collocation you used in the sentence - the unnatural combination can be a giveaway.  For example, fast food and quick food may sound the same thing, but the former is natural.

It can  be a challenge for learners to use the natural collocations. You may need to consult a good dictionary often and try to memorize them.

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