They are a group of words which elevates the meaning and standard of English when used together.
A ‘collocation’ is a set of words which traditionally are used together. Examples from general English are ‘extremely happy’ and ‘deeply disappointed.’ They are similar to modifiers.
|minor crime||viable option|
|to some extent||limited effectiveness|
|robust alternatives||improved rates|
Try to use two collocation phrases wherever possible in your letter, and the examiner will recognize that you are using advanced Academic English.
Let’s consider this letter fragment of a band 9 scored answer. Notice the words in bold.
|It’s pretty bad, so I can’t drive at all. There’s a huge dent in the front section ·cause I hit a tree and one light is totally broken. I got my mechanic to take a look and she|
reckons it’ll be 2000 bucks to fix!