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Collocations Course Collocations | English in Use | Vocabulary


Master the art of natural English with our British English Collocation Activities! Collocations are pairs or groups of words that are commonly used together and are essential for sounding like a native speaker. These activities will help you learn some of the most common collocations, and avoid mistakes that give away that you are not a native speaker. Collocations can be difficult to guess from the words alone, therefore, it's important to learn them individually. Our activities are designed to make it easy for you to improve your language skills and sound more natural. Start practicing today and take your English language proficiency to the next level.

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Collocations are ground of words which normally go together such as cook a meal. To say make a meal or do a meal sound strange to native English speakers. If you use the correct collocations when speaking or writing in English, you will sound much more natural and much more like a native British English speaker. This lesson looks at some common collocations to do with medicine and health. Makes notes of the new vocabulary in your personal Study Record which you will find on each lesson page in the Britlish Library. This language is very useful for students who plan to take exams. This is one of the five-minute collocations series of lessons and should take you about 5 minutes to complete.

Collocations Course

Adjectives frequently used with health

bad: bad, ill, poor

He was forced to retire because of ill health.

good: excellent, full, good, optimum, perfect, robust, rude

You appear this evening to be in rude health!

general: general, overall

Walking is a great form of exercise if you want to improve your general health.

mental: emotional, mental, psychological, spiritual

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave.

physical: physical

It is stupid not to take medical advice when it will lead to physical health.

sexual: reproductive, sexual

Her research interests are in the areas of sexually transmitted infections and reproductive health.

of teeth or mouth: dental, oral

Recent scientific research has shown a link between poor oral health and other conditions such as heart and lung disease.

of people in general: community, public

The agency ’s primary objective is to protect public health.

of a particular group: animal, child, employee, human, men’s, women’s

The levels of contamination are too low to pose a danger to human health.

long-term: long-term

It is important to safeguard the long-term health of your eyes.

Verbs frequently used with health

improve your health: benefit, boost, enhance, improve

Giving up smoking is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health.

damage your health: damage, harm, ruin

Occasional intense exercise when you’re unfit can damage your health further.

risk your health: compromise, endanger, jeopardize, risk, threaten

She recklessly and foolishly endangered her health by deliberately starving herself.

protect your health: look after, maintain, protect, safeguard

No charge will be made for items necessary to safeguard your health or safety.

affect your health: affect, influence

The way we live can affect our health

recover your health: recover, regain, restore

He has recovered his health after having a heart attack last year.

Verbs that frequently follow health

get worse: decline, deteriorate, fail, worsen

His health deteriorated rapidly during the final six months of his life.

get better: improve

I hope your health improves.

Nouns frequently used after health

connected with medical care: care, check, professional, service, worker

The country offers its residents free health care.

problem or danger: hazard, problem, scare, warning

The service is aimed at vulnerable people with mental or physical health problems.

Nouns + to frequently used before health

damage, danger, harm, hazard, risk, threat

Air pollution causes damage to health.

Verbs + to frequently used before health

nurse someone (back), restore someone, return someone

Some cats are injured or ill and are nursed back to health before being homed.

Other nouns/adjectives/verbs frequently used with health

fitness, happiness, hygiene, safety, vitality, well-being

Each level of management is responsible for the health and safety of staff under their command.

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