Collocation challenge 14/2/15 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, a few collocation challenges related to the theme of love…

Valentine's 2015

Adverbs in love

The following adverbs all collocate into the pattern:

(adv) + in love

Which one do you think is the most frequent?

  • hopelessly
  • desperately
  • insanely
  • head over heels
  • madly
  • wildly
  • deeply
  • secretly
  • passionately
  • completely

Check answers in the comments box below.

Idioms with heart – romantic or not?

The following list of idioms all contain the word heart.  Decide if you think they have a connection with love and romance or not.

  • absence makes the heart grow fonder
  • have a heart of gold
  • my heart was in my mouth
  • your heart isn’t in something
  • home is where the heart is
  • let your heart rule your head
  • break somebody’s heart
  • do something out of the goodness of your heart
  • set your heart on something
  • young at heart
  • open your heart to someone
  • give your heart to someone

Check answers in the comments box below.

I ♥ word formation

Change the word in CAPITAL letters to another word from the same family to complete the phrases / sentences below.

Example:      Absence      makes the heart grow fonder.     ABSENT

  1. It was love at first sight.  The first time he met her he was completely __________ of his feet.     SWEEP
  2. She gazed into his eyes __________.     ADORE
  3. She’s been getting anonymous love letters from a secret __________.     ADMIRE
  4. It was a __________ and often stormy relationship.     PASSION
  5. They lived __________ ever after.     HAPPY

Check answers in the comments box below.

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One response to “Collocation challenge 14/2/15 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. Adverb in love:
    The adverb from the list which collocates most frequently in the pattern ADV + in love is MADLY
    You can fall/be madly in love (with someone)
    According to the corpus we checked, here are the adverbs from the list in order of frequency: madly, deeply, helplessly, desperately, wildly, completely, secretly, passionately, insanely, head over heels.

    Idioms with heart:
    The idioms with a very strong connection to love and romance are:
    absence makes the heart grow fonder = when you’re away from the one you love, you love them even more
    break somebody’s heart = make someone feel very unhappy
    give your heart to someone = give your love to one person

    I love word formation:
    1) swept (past participle of the verb to sweep)
    2) adoringly
    3) admirer
    4) passionate
    5) happily

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