Smart Way to Boost Vocabulary—English Collocations

Mar 13, 2019 | 14 comments

Do you search for the right words when you explain what you think in English? Wish you had more vocabulary to do that easily in English? Good news. English collocations about what you think can help you do that! 

But wait—what are collocations?!?!

English collocations are groups of words that native speakers use together naturally. There aren’t any grammar rules for these groups of words… it’s just what sounds natural. Like make the bed. Do the dishes. Nice to meet you. We don’t say “joy to meet you” or “make the dishes” or “do the bed.” These don’t sound natural in English.

With time and practice you can also effectively use collocations to get your message across clearly and confidently. 

So, in today’s lesson let’s look at 15 useful collocations that can help you talk about what you think. You’ll learn English collocations that…

  • Include the word ‘think’
  • Express what you think
  • Ask for time to think
  • Describe what others think
  • Show that you have some doubts about what you think

15 English collocations to boost your vocabulary.

Lesson by Annemarie

English Collocations About What You Think—A Smart Way to Boost Your Vocabulary

English collocations with the word ‘think’

  • Honestly think
  • Personally think
  • Hate to think
  • Dread to think
  • Shudder to think

I honestly think the best thing to do is replace your old laptop with a new desktop.

The lifeguards rescued him from the water just in time; I shudder to think what would have happened if they hadn’t!

English collocations to say what you think

  • In my opinion, I think… 
  • Take the view that
  • Subscribe to the theory that

I take the view that if you are kind, then kindness will come your way.

I subscribe to the theory that everything happens for a reason.

English collocations when you need time to think

  • Think carefully
  • Give it some thought
  • Have a good think
  • Have a long think
  • Have a hard think
  • Have a long, hard think about it

After their meeting she thought long and hard about how to improve their strategy.

Clearly, with that injury you need to have a good think about whether you should run in the marathon again this year.

I appreciate your offer, I will definitely give it some thought.

English collocations about what others think

  • Common knowledge
  • Widespread belief
  • Opinions are divided

It’s common knowledge that she is the strongest athlete on the team.

There is widespread belief that vinegar will ease jellyfish stings, but actually hot water is a much better idea.

Opinions are divided as to whether the new office paint color should be olive green or light mauve.

English collocations when you’re worried or have a doubt

  • Nagging doubt/feeling
  • Wrestling with a problem/issue/situation

I have a nagging doubt/feeling that it may go horribly wrong tomorrow! (horribly wrong is a great collocation to use too!)

I have been wrestling with this issue for over a week now!

So, are you feeling ready to collocate?

Putting words together into little collocation chunks is a great way to help you build sentences really quickly and easily as you are speaking.

Remember to look out for our future collocation videos so you can add even more to your list. Taking some time to learn and practice these collocations will really help to get you started.

You can begin right here, right now with some practice questions. We would love to hear your answers below:

  1. What could you say to your friend if it sounds like they need to spend some time thinking about a problem?
  2. What collocations could you use to express your thoughts about climate change?

The best place to share, get feedback, and learn from others in the Confident English Community is in the comment section below.

Have a fantastic Confident English Wednesday!

~ Annemarie

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