Richard-Business Eng
Professional Teacher
Business Collocations... commonly used terms
collocation defined:
- a grouping together of things in a certain order, as of the words in a sentence
- a word or phrase that is often used with another word or phrase
- col = com = prefixes meaning “with,” “together,” “in association”

Number of collocations in English
Estimates of the number of collocation terms in the English language are difficult to come by, however, it appears that there are more than 250,000 collocations (based on several sources)

Test your knowledge of collocations
The following collocations are commonly used in the business world.
Can you guess the missing words?
The answers can be seen by selecting the hidden text after each collocation.


advertising ag_ _ _ _/cam_ _ _ _ _  agency/campaign
balance s _ e e _   sheet
bank l _ _ _   loan
benefits pack _ _ _    package
brand n _ _ _   name

accept an o _ _ _ r/a po _ _ _ _ _ n      offer/position
attr _ _ _  investors   attract 
bo _ _ _ _  money   borrow
br _ _ _  a law   break
calculate the r _ _ k   risk


Feel free to add to this list
Jun 5, 2018 1:55 PM
Comments · 4

advertising agency/campaign

balance sheet

bank link?

benefits package 

borrow money

attract investors

bring a law

calculate the risk


I just guessed them without looking into the right answers. So, break a law, of course :), and bank loan.

June 5, 2018
Hi Ali... I'm glad you found this simple quiz helpful.
June 5, 2018
Thank you for the nice exercise, Richard! I solved it almost completely without looking at the hidden meaning. It is a welcome change after (more or less mechanical) drilling/training of vocabulary and grammar. :-)
June 5, 2018
Vera...  You did well considering the fact that you didn't look at the answers. Thank you for answering...
June 5, 2018