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IELTS Grammar: collocations


A student asked me to explain which is better: a prime example or a primary example.

I would say a prime example. Why? The answer is that prime example is a normal collocation in English. Its the phrase that English speakers would use.

Native speakers instinctively know which words go together more commonly. They recognise groups of words like prime example. This is what we mean by "collocation".

Tip:
Put "prime example" and "primary example" into Google (dont forget the speech marks), and look at the numbers of results. It should be clear which collocation we prefer.


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