Emphasis collocations

You often need to emphasize  a point you are making. Here are some useful word-partnerships you can use to do that.

 a total disaster

The whole project was a total disaster from beginning to end.

extremely good

We have an extremely good chance of getting the contract.

a terrible mistake

It wasn’t a minor error. It was a terrible mistake and cost us millions to put right.

much cheaper

Even if we had taken five per cent off our prices, we wouldn’t have got the contract. They were much cheaper than us.

one hundred per cent certain

There is not the slightest doubt. I am one hundred per cent certain that that is what happened.

highly competitive

This is a highly competitive market. I am not sure we should enter it.

far too expensive

The Chinese and Koreans can offer much lower prices. We are far too expensive.

even better

Their previous smart phone was good but this is even better.

fully aware

I am fully aware of all the risks but I still think we should do it.

absolutely no chance

There is absolutely no chance that we will lose the contract. They love our work.

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13 thoughts on “Emphasis collocations”

  1. Do I really have more words to say rather than thank you? What are the proper usages of the following: which, whose, whom, who, that, etc?

  2. Dear Teacher,

    Your lessons are helpuful for me.
    Thanks and Regards.


  3. I want to thank you for all the materials you have sent me. It has been really helpful to me. I hope God bless the job you do and give you the strength and wisdom to continue with it.

  4. Thanks for sending me exercises!my english is quite good actually.but i lack in spoken skills and i need to work on my gramatic skills too.vocabulary and spelling need some attention too. the thing is that i have been away from academic enviorment for three years.i was studying english literature before my marriage.if you can send me some exercise regarding my given weak points,it would be very helpful.

  5. Dear Pearson Brown,
    I can’t actually speak english, but nowadays I can now understand and speak a little bit of english. How can you help me to improve that/my skills? You know what I’m really interested to learn English. I hope you can help me. Thank you.


  6. I’ve really enjoied my very first lesson, and I have learned something more.
    And I have done all 4 exersizeses.
    So I am anticipating to here vrom my teacher pretty soon.

    Thanking U.


  7. Thank you very much you can not imagine how much i benefit from these lessons,please keep sending me,my English keeps improving.

  8. Dear teacher,i want to thank you for all of lessons .
    You are a kind and lovely teacher i have ever had.

  9. dear mr Pearson Brown ,
    nice to hear of you through grammar teacher ; have you managed to fix up the problems
    with yr website ? i have no access to the exercises emphasis collocations for example . how can i do ? tks have a gud day …

    • Nobody else seems to be having that problem. Are you trying to use an iphone or ipad? They don’t work because they do not have Flash. Almost every other phone or computer will work fine.

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