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What is a fixed collocation?

 

Definition
 

A fixed collocation is a phrase or construction

 
  • which is decompositional, and
  • whose constituents recurrently combine with each other.
Features
 
  • Constituents repeatedly co-occur with each other.
  • Constituents are bound specifically to each other.
  • Constituents do not co-occur with other lexical units freely. Only a few, if any, words may be substituted for the co-occurring lexical units.
  • Correct usage is not predictable on the basis of the known function or meaning of the co-occurring lexical units.

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