Collocation Challenge: 22/2/15 – Top 10 places and cities to visit in England (Part 5)

Welcome to Part 5 in our series of posts based on a text about the top 10 places and cities to visit in England from The Daily Telegraph.

  • See Part 1 for a Reading exercise and activities focusing on section of the text about Yorkshire.
  • See Part 2 for vocabulary in the section about Bath.
  • See Part 3 for collocations and useful language for describing places in the sections about the Cotswolds and Devon.
  • See Part 4 for a look at language in the sections of the text about the Lake District and Brighton 

This post starts with an important word found in the text about Cornwall…

1.  unspoilt + noun

The text describes the coastline as unspoilt.  The idea is that it has not been over-developed with buildings and is still natural.  Here are the some incomplete words that frequently collocate with unspoilt.  Complete the words with the missing letters:

Nouns which frequently collocate with the adjective "unspoilt"

Nouns which frequently collocate with the adjective “unspoilt”

2.  Another example of draw

The text about Cornwall gives us another example of the word draw…

Surfing is a big draw, for all ages – bodyboarding too – and lessons are available on most north-coast beaches.

To add to our collection from earlier in the text…

Shopping is also a major draw.

Most people are drawn to the magnificent beaches on the south and north coast…

…William Wordsworth, who was born in Cockermouth in 1770 and drew much of his poetic inspiration from the surrounding landscape…

Take a look at one of our previous collocation challenges from last year which was dedicated to collocations with draw as a verb.

3.  rugged (C2)

Cornwall is also known for its artistic heritage. Painters, sculptors and potters of international renown come for the big skies, the rugged beauty of the boulder-strewn moorland, and the intense light that turns the sea cerulean blue even in mid-winter.

Rugged (adj) can talk about (1) geographical features of land which is not flat and is difficult to travel over (as in the example above).  It can also talk about (2) strength:  something which is rugged is strong and simple; not delicate.  In addition, it can be used positively to (3) describe a man’s face as being strong and attractive.

Decide which definition, 1, 2 or 3 fits to these collocations with rugged / ruggedly:

  1. rugged mountains
  2. rugged good-looks
  3. rugged footwear
  4. a rugged 4-wheel drive vehicle
  5. rugged cliffs / coastline
  6. rugged features
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5 responses to “Collocation Challenge: 22/2/15 – Top 10 places and cities to visit in England (Part 5)

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  2. Unspoilt + noun:
    1. countryside
    2. coastline
    3. village
    4. beaches
    5. wilderness
    6. island
    7. paradise

  3. 1. rugged mountains (definition 1: geographical)
    2. rugged good-looks (definition 3: a handsome man’s looks)
    3. rugged footwear (definition 2: strong)
    4. a rugged 4-wheel drive vehicle (definition 2)
    5. rugged cliffs / coastline (definition 1)
    6. rugged features (definitions 1 or 3 – “features” – “looks”)

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