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Fast or Quick?
28-04-2016

When you’re really late for school, do you take a quick shower or a fast shower? Well… Is there a difference? Yes, there is. Maybe not in terms of meaning, but in terms of collocation. Collocation happens when two or more words and phrases together sound more correct to the people who have spoken the […]

Fast or Quick?

by lucas.gontijo

When you’re really late for school, do you take a quick shower or a fast shower? Well… Is there a difference? Yes, there is. Maybe not in terms of meaning, but in terms of collocation.

Collocation happens when two or more words and phrases together sound more correct to the people who have spoken the language all their lives whereas other combinations wouldn’t sound as natural and usual.

So, in English, we actually say we have a quick shower rather than a fast one. On the other hand, the train is fast rather than quick. The frost is described as hard, not as strong. The rain in December is usually heavy, not strong, too.

In order to see whether you really know collocations, quickly think about the first answers you would give to these questions:

  1. What do you usually whisk?
  2. What is usually curly?
  3. After you wake up, what do you make?

The answers may vary, but usually we say that we whisk eggs and cream, the hair is curly and we make our beds and our breakfast right after we wake up.

Be aware of collocations, start noticing them as you read, learn words in chunks instead of separately and make use of a good collocation dictionary in order to improve your language and sound a lot more fluent and natural!

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