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Vocabulary: Adjective – noun collocations

For each of the six questions choose the one correct answer.

    1. Which of the following adjective – noun collocations is NOT possible?
    2. a) A strong exam b) A strong woman c) A strong cheese d) A strong cigarette
    1. Which of the following adjective – noun collocations is NOT possible?
    2. a) A heavy smoker b) Heavy rain c) Heavy metal d) A heavy problem
    1. Which of the following adjective – noun collocations is NOT possible?
    2. a) fair hair b) A fair decision c) A fair beer d) A fair result
    1. Which is NOT correct? They always drank ________ wine with their dinner.
    2. a) red b) pink c) white d) sweet
    1. Which of the following adjective – noun collocations is NOT possible?
    2. a) A rich company b) A rich dessert c) A rich car d) A rich text file
  1. Which of the following adjective – noun collocations is NOT possible?

a) A tough decision b) A tough steak c) A tough drink d) A tough woman

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Adjective – noun collocations -Answers

1. a) Correct. If an exam is difficult you can say ‘a hard exam’.

b) A strong woman might be referring to her physical strength or her personality. c) A strong cheese has lots of flavour. d) A strong cigarette might make you cough.

2.

a) A heavy smoker smokes a lot. b) If it’s pouring with rain you can describe it as heavy rain, or you can say it’s raining heavily. c) Heavy metal is a type of rock music.

d) Correct. A problem can be serious but not heavy.

3.

a) ‘Fair hair’ describes hair which is not dark. b) A fair decision is one which is balanced and just.

c) Correct. If you order a fair beer the barman will not understand; ask for a pint of lager!

d) A fair result is when the outcome of a sporting event is justified, e.g. That was a fair result, the best team won

4.

a) ‘Red wine’ is correct English

b) Correct. ‘Pink wine’ is not good English; you say ‘Rosé wine’ (but remember to pronounce the ‘é’ at the end – it’s not a flower!)

c) ‘White wine’ is correct English. d) ‘Sweet wine’ is correct English, the opposite of dry wine.

5.

a) A rich company is one with a lot of money b) Toffee pudding and ice-cream is a rich dessert – if you eat too much you feel sick.

c) You might be rich and have an expensive car, but the car can’t be rich.

d) A rich text file is a type of document format you can use when you write something on your computer – very technical!

6.

a) A tough decision is a difficult decision. b) A tough steak is difficult to chew.

c) Correct. If a drink is very alcoholic we call it a ‘strong’ drink

d)If you have to face a lot of difficulties in life, it can make you tough.

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