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 English Vocabulary for learners 


Common adverb and verb collocations.

Collocations are two or more words that often go together. They are combinations that are used by native English speakers all the time.
Here are some common adverb + verb collocations.

badly damage The hurricane badly damaged the whole area.
badly hurt/injure Two children were badly injured in the accident.
badly need Most of the refugees badly needed food and medicine.
closely examine The police officer closely examined the footprints.
completely forget Jack completely forgot his wife's birthday.
completely destroy The bomb completely destroyed the airport.
deeply regret Later on she deeply regretted her words.
distinctly remember Eva distinctly remembers leaving the key at the reception.
firmly believe Dad firmly believesin the benefits of a healthy diet.
firmly reject The authorities firmly rejected any suggestion of fraud in the elections.
flatly refuse The passenger flatly refused to change seats.
freely admit She freely admitted her mistake and apologised.
fully appreciate We fully appreciate the seriousness of the situation.
fully recover It will take some time for the patient to fully recover.
fully understand The store manager fully understood why the customer was annoyed.
greatly admire I greatly admire the dedication of the medical staff.
highly recommend The book is excellent. I can highly recommend it.
hotly deny The boy hotly denied breaking the window.
rise steadily Temperatures rise steadily all through the summer.
seriously doubt The teacher seriously doubted the pupil's ability to succeed.
seriously think/consider We are seriously thinking of taking legal action.
sincerely hope I sincerely hope you will be rewarded for your work.
strongly advise The doctor strongly advised him to lose weight.
strongly/severely criticize The new measures were strongly criticized by the opposition.
The committee severely criticized the transport system.
totally agree The group totally agreed with his proposal.
totally convince The demonstration will totally convince you if you still have doubts.
thoroughly enjoy We all thoroughly enjoyed the wedding reception.
thoroughly inspect They received orders to thoroughly inspect all luggage.