Collocation Challenge: 3/3/15 – Top 10 places and cities to visit in England (Part 7)

This is the final post in our series looking at the vocabulary for describing places that appeared in a text from a UK newspaper about the Top 10 places and cities to visit in England.

For links to the other posts, see below.

This post is going to focus on vocabulary in the section of the text about London and will look at 3 useful pieces of language for describing places.

pour + in / out

People pour in from across the world to visit, work or live.

Definition:  to come and go somewhere in large numbers

Other examples:

  • The crowd poured out of the stadium at the end of the match.
  • Donations to the charity appeal have poured in and the total raised now stands at $22 million.
  • Letters of complaint poured in following the controversial TV programme.

The verb also appears a lot in news coverage of reactions to people’s deaths:

Buzzing

Restaurants, bars and theatres are buzzing.

Definition:  busy / full of energy (Cambridge Dictionaries online:  buzz)

Notice the connection between places being busy and bees.  Bees are known for being industrious creatures and the noise they make is a buzz.

This connection extends into other expressions:

  • be as busy as a bee (idiom = very busy!)
  • a hive of activity / industry (idiom = a place where many people are working very hard) (hive = a structure made for bees to live in)

Emphasising variety

…the range of events on offer – from sport to food pop-ups, from music festivals to theatre – is unbeatable.

You can use the patterns here to emphasise the variety of things you can experience:

the range of + noun phrase + (on offer) is + adjective

  • The range of dishes on offer at the restaurant is impressive.
  • The variety of things to do is unbeatable.
  • The winelist is second to none.
  • The choice of places to eat is extensive.

Notice how you can add specific examples using from (noun) to (noun)

  • The range of dishes on offer – from seafood to meat, from light meals to more substantial 3 course meals – is impressive.
  • The choice of places to eat – from inexpensive bars to exclusive restaurants – is extensive.

Questions to think about:

  • What do visitors to your region pour in to see and do?
  • Are there any particular events that happen in your hometown that bring people pouring in?
  • Which areas of your hometown are buzzing in the evening?  When are they at their liveliest?
  • Can you write a sentence emphasising the variety of something on offer to visitors to your region using the pattern:  the + (range/variety/selection/choice/number) + of – from (noun) to (noun) – is + adjective.

Links to other posts in this series:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

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