#182: 25 English Collocations with ‘Stay’ [Vocabulary-Building Lesson]
I love talking about collocations and this is my favorite way to describe them:
You know when you’re choosing what to wear, certain colors, shapes, and patterns just go together really well and make an outfit really pop and look fabulous? Well, words are the same.
Words that just fit together so nicely that everyone tends to use them in that way are collocations, like make friends, not get friends, that sounds awkward. And heavy snow or heavy rain, but not strong snow or rain.
Learning some of these English collocations, or best friend words, can make it quick and easy to put a sentence together. Using them regularly will help you sound more fluent as well.
It’s something native speakers do without a second thought, and it saves time and effort.
In this lesson, you’ll learn 25 collocations with the word ‘stay’ and we’ll focus on 5 categories:
- Stay focused
- Stay updated
- Stay in one place/remain where you are
- Stay with someone
- How long you might stay
25 English Collocations with ‘Stay’
Collocations for Staying Focused
- Stay at it
- Stay on track
Collocations for Staying Updated
- Stay up to date
- Stay in the loop
- Stay in the know
- Stay informed
- Stay tuned
- Stay in touch
Collocations for Staying in One Place (Remaining as You Are)
- Stay together (stay in a relationship)
- Stay in bed/at home/at work/late/
- Stay safe/healthy/
- Stay calm
- Stay home
- Stay behind (at work)
- Stay to do something
- Stay there (don’t move!)
- Stay still
- Stay put
Collocations for Staying with Someone (or Inviting Someone to Stay)
- Won’t you stay?
- Stay a while
- Stay overnight
- Come and stay
- Stay and chat
Collocations for How Long You Stay
- Length of stay
- A long/short/temporary/overnight stay
- Can’t stay long
For more on collocations in English, check out:
It’s time to practice and build your vocabulary.
Choose 2-3 new collocations from the lesson today and try using them in your own examples. That is the BEST way to learn and remember new vocabulary.
Share your examples with me in the comments section below for feedback and learn from others in the Confident English Community.
Be sure to use the collocations, again and again, to keep the new vocabulary in your active vocabulary. Once you’ve done so, you can move on to 2-3 new collocations.
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Dear Annemarie, The example sentence to use “Stay informed”
It is a real challenge staying focused at our work doing presentations if the congress has been postponed.
If I’m staying on track sure I can manage difficulties during endoscopy.
It is a great own resource if somebody can stay calm in a tens atmosphere.
My grandkids always say if they like playground that we would like to stay awhile.
I have a deadline tomorrow, so I will stay behind and do as much as I can, in that way I will be able to submit on time tomorrow.
Great example with ‘stay behind,’ Dudu!
Nowadays, when internet’s content are very different, I as a mother, have to stay tuned all time, what my kids watch.
I like to stay on track when I have to achieve an important task.
Oh, good point about staying tuned to what your kids are watching!
Another collocation we could use here is “to stay on top of what my kids are watching.” This means to be aware of what they are watching.
Hi, Annemarie, i like your way for explain.
Nowadays there is one thing very important what i think because of the situation in a world and also the corona virus and i prefer to stay safe and take care.
I’m staying in bed and stay tuned informations.
I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson, Bembaron. Like you, I think it’s important to stay home and stay safe at this time.
Hi Annemarie, this was one of the best lessons that i saw here, i´m really grateful.
I’m glad to know this lesson was so useful and you’ve done a wonderful job with some of the collocations.
It certainly is hard to stay focused all the time during the quarantine. And certainly staying with others would be (or is) helpful. We need that human contact.
1- I am preparing a very important report. I am staying in touch with the manager. My report will finish very soon.
2-I must do 3pages of grammar questions. The questions are difficult, but I am staying at them.
Many thanks for your lesson.
Wonderful, Sima! Thanks for sharing your examples. With the second one, we can use “but I’m staying at it.” The pronoun /it/ refers to the activity or effort.
When there is a mundane task, it’s tough for me to stay at it. I’d like to stay in the loop / stay in the know about the latest tendencies.
Stay put, there is a mouse in the room.
I’d like my friends to stay and chat for a while.
Oh, great examples, Natali. I totally agree — it’s hard to stay at it or stay on track with boring tasks. 😊
I’d like to tell you that right now I stay home and I have been able to stay tuned with your lesson about collocations. It was great!
Thanks a lot!
Awesome, José Angel! I’m glad to hear it. Thanks for watching and learning with me.
Here is my example: Could you please low the TV down ? I have to finish this work for tomorrow morning, I need to stay on track.
I really enjoy your lessons
Great job with ‘stay on track’ in this example, Moira!
One note: When we ask someone to reduce the volume on the TV or radio, we have two options:
Hi Kassie. Thank you for sharing your examples with us. It’s great to see that you’re practicing collocations with ‘stay’. This is the best way to learn and remember new vocabulary. Well done!
Hi Annemarie! I particolary like your way to teach English! This is my homework for today: I will stay in the Know and I hope stay on track for all the time we stay toghether in this class of Speak confident English!
Thank you so much for your lessons.
Annemarie, I love your useful e lovely way to teach English. Really you are a kind person and an excelent teacher. Congratulations! Thanks a lot!
Thanks so much, Mauricio!
Hi Cinzia. Thank you for your comment. We’re thrilled to know you’re enjoying Speak Confident English lessons and try to use and practice everything you learned. Keep going!
Immensely grateful for sending Email.
could be better if you illustrate any collocation with a sentence.
I include many examples of how to use the collocations in sentences in the video lesson. I recommend reviewing it if you haven’t.
Also the comments section is a great place to practice and learn from others as well.
HI Annemarie, could I Include inThe topic of collocations Some phrasal verbs ? 1) Sometimes I like wandering with the mind while people are speaking .. My teacher when I was student shouted: Satay focused Luisa Please! What are you thinking ? 2)Stay for a dinner … It’s so a beautiful night !!! 3)The boss will be here tomorrow …Stay in the loop! 4) I will definitely finish my temporary work by next week . Let me stay informe about the exit 5) I can’ stay still because of my promotion 6)Stay calm and find out a solution at this… Read more »