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Adjective-Noun and Adjective-Adverb Collocations

Author: Grammarnazi Tatiana
Description: Collocations are ready chunks of language frequently used by native speakers. It%27s a habit of the language. It%27s vitally important to stick with them in case you want to achieve fluency. Choose the right option for each case suggested in the task. There is only one correct option.
Keywords: collocation, , , , , , online teaching


1. I was exhausted, so I drank a double espresso. Now I’m _____ awake.
A) highly
B) wide
C) thoroughly
D) entirely

2. It’s hard to take _____ criticism, especially if it’s true.
A) hard
B) rough
C) harsh
D) tough

3. We can’t afford to hire someone we need to train. We need someone who can step in and have a(n) _____ impact.
A) urgent
B) instant
C) immediate
D) prompt

4. This isn’t something to be taken lightly. It’s a _____ decision. Why don’t you sleep on it and tell me your answer in the morning?
A) grand
B) considerable
C) complex
D) big

5. I didn’t want to bother Carl. He was in his office and it looked like he was lost in ______ thought.
A) great
B) deep
C) serious
D) heavy

6. We should hold ourselves to _____ standards. We shouldn’t be satisfied with these mediocre results.
A) high
B) great
C) large
D) big

7. Can we meet at 6:30 instead of 7:30 for dinner? I had a _____ lunch, and I’m starting to get hungry.
A) modest
B) slight
C) light
D) little

8. I didn’t like the house I looked at today. It was rather cramped and there was a _____ smell in the basement.
A) heavy
B) harsh
C) strong
D) powerful

9. There is a _____ chance that I’ll have to travel to one of our subsidiaries in April.
A) light
B) slight
C) weak
D) mild

10. I was expecting a brief overview, so I was surprised when they went into everything in _____ detail.
A) deep
B) great
C) thorough
D) utter

11. To work in customer service, you need to be able to keep a _____ head. You can’t get upset every time someone yells at you.
A) calm
B) solid
C) composed
D) cool

12. Our CEO and company president got into a(n) _____ debate yesterday. They were at each other’s throats.
A) harsh
B) angry
C) strong
D) heated

13. Big Data is a _____ topic right now in the IT field.
A) sensational
B) favorable
C) hot
D) popular

14. I have _____ admiration for the senator. She’s been a respected member of Congress for over thirty years.
A) high
B) thorough
C) great
D) complete

15. I wouldn’t do that if I were you. You’re making a _____ mistake.
A) great
B) massive
C) huge
D) Answer_4_(optional)

16. I had no idea that Dave left the company. This comes as a _____ shock to me.
A) perfect
B) unwelcome
C) deep
D) total

17. Honestly, I have no idea which candidate I’m voting for. I just don’t have very _____ political beliefs.
A) big
B) great
C) hard
D) strong

18. Some people will undoubtedly be a few minutes late. There is really ______ traffic today.
A) harsh
B) high
C) strong
D) heavy

19. You can’t eat a bag of Doritos and a diet Coke for lunch every day. You need to eat ______ meals.
A) total
B) balanced
C) genuine
D) beneficial

20. The weather report is calling for _____ rain this afternoon. There’s a flood watch in effect for several counties.
A) strong
B) heavy
C) rough
D) enormous

21. I wasn’t expecting much of a raise, so I was ______ surprised when I got a sizeable raise.
A) welcomely
B) happily
C) pleasantly
D) cheerfully

22. This research is too general. What we need is more _____ information.
A) deep
B) profound
C) thorough
D) detailed

23. We arrived in LA very quickly. I had no idea the train traveled at such a _____ speed.
A) strong
B) great
C) high
D) significant

24. The database has an incredibly ______ amount of information.
A) large
B) high
C) great
D) big

25. The _____ majority of Americans have never been to Europe.
A) immense
B) vast
C) huge
D) big

26. Bill’s doctor told him that he needs to start getting ______ exercise. He’s overweight and has high blood pressure.
A) usual
B) routine
C) consistent
D) regular

27. The news was a shock for Miguel. He stared at his friends in _____ disbelief.
A) alarmed
B) overwhelmed
C) surprised
D) utter

28. Do we have any idea what the _____ cause is of this issue?
A) key
B) base
C) root
D) basic

29. Last year we had several blizzards and it was bitterly cold almost every day. Fortunately, this year we’re having a _____ winter.
A) slight
B) mild
C) soft
D) weak