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We’re going to help you with some common collocations with the verbs BREAK, CATCH & PAY

BREAK – smash, fracture a bone, shatter, stop functioning, descansar, hacer pausa
To physically break something: break a glass / break a limb (arm or leg)
break someone’s heart
break a habit – to break a bad habit, replace it with a good one
break a promise (make, keep a promise)
break a record – Have we broken the record for the most podcasts recorded in 3 days?
break the ice – What are your favourite ‘ice-breakers’?
break the law – Have you ever broken the law?
break the news to someone
break the rules ‘Rules are made to be broken’

      

   

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We’re going to help you improve your collocations with the verbs keep, save and go.

KEEP (guardar, conservar)

“Don’t drink all the water. We need to keep some for tomorrow.”
Quedarse con – “I’ve decided to keep this microphone and not return it to the shop.”
Guardar, almacenar – “Where do you keep the sugar?’
Criar – “My aunt Mary has kept bees for over forty years.”
Seguir (continue) – ‘He kept working until six o’clock.’ / ‘Keep walking until you get to the beach.’

keep a promise (make and break)
keep a secret – Are you good or bad at keeping secrets?
keep an appointment (make and cancel)
keep calm (and carry on) – mantener la calma / tranquilizarse
keep in touch (with) – seguir en contacto / get in touch
Keep in mind – no olvidar, tener en cuenta
keep quiet
keep the change
keep it real! – ¡sé sincero!
keep your chin up
keep taking the tablets!
keep your nose out of someone’s business
keep your hair on! = Don’t get angry!
keep well out of it/something

      

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Too and Enough

too – demasiado
enough – no bastante
Reza’s TOO poor to buy designer clothes.

Designer clothes are TOO EXPENSIVE. (TOO + ADJECTIVE)

Reza doesn’t have ENOUGH MONEY. (ENOUGH + NOUN)

TOO goes before an adjective or an adverb. ‘It’s too expensive’ / ‘She speaks too quickly.’
ENOUGH goes before the noun. – ‘I don’t have enough money.’

ENOUGH goes after adjectives – ‘Are you warm enough?’ / ‘Is your coffee strong enough?’

ENOUGH often goes with the negative NOT. ‘I’m NOT warm ENOUGH.’

You can use ENOUGH AFTER a verb – ‘Podcasters do NOT get paid ENOUGH money.’ / ‘You’re NOT studying ENOUGH.’

      

   

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ALL

All + uncountable/plural countable nouns
Eg. He ate all the food. (uncountable noun) / These students are all my friends. (plural countable noun)

Pronoun + all
Eg.Craig and I love you all./ We all love holidays. / It all seemed a bit strange, from start to finish./ They all came to see us. / We love you all / We love all of our listeners.

All of + object form of pronoun (Compare with Pronoun + all)
Eg. Craig and I love all of you.

We all love holidays / All of us love holidays.

It all semed a bit strange / All of it seemed a bit strange.

They all came to see us. / All of them came to see us.

All = all of + determiner (the, this, those, my, etc.) “All of” is more common in American Eng.

Eg. Craig’s eaten all (of) the chocolate.

The listeners had heard all (of) my jokes before.

      


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