What do these words mean: idiom, phrasal verb and collocation?

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Q:What do these words mean: idiom, phrasal verb and collocation?

Ahmad asked

A:An idiom is an expression whose meaning cannot be worked out from its separate parts. Example:Gain is the only thing that matters in business. It's a dog-eat-dog world.

A phrasal verb is construction that consists of a verb plus a preposition or an adverb (also referred to as particle).Example: He switched off the light before leaving the office.

Collocation refers to the way words are used together regularly, that is the way the words combine with one another. If you want to learn the language correctly, you need to know which words usually collocate together. It helps to remember whether a word usually collocates with a positive or a negative word /with people or things, etc.. Example: We hit upon a good idea is correct. But, we hit upon a sillyidea is incorrect.


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