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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Country Collocation

country noun
1 area of land with its own government
adjective
beautiful , fascinating , great
this great ~ of ours
hot , tropical
cold
landlocked
different , foreign , overseas , strange
It's difficult to live in a foreign ~ when you don't speak the language.
students from overseas countries
What must it be like, to grow old in a strange ~?
home , native , own
adopted
Many servicemen gave their lives for their adopted ~.
host
The refugees do jobs that workers in the host ~ refuse to do.
neighbouring/neighboring
distant , far , faraway
independent , sovereign ( esp. AmE )
occupied
free
‘It's a free ~!’ he shouted. ‘I can do what I like!’
enemy , friendly
neutral , non-aligned ( esp. BrE )
war - ravaged , war-torn
African , Arab , etc.
Eastern , Western , etc.
English - speaking , francophone , etc.
EU , NATO , etc.
member , non - member
OECD member countries
developed , industrial , industrialized
developing , Third-World , underdeveloped
advanced
economically advanced countries
impoverished , low - income , poor
middle - income
affluent , high - income , rich , wealthy
densely populated , populous
capitalist , communist , democratic , socialist
Catholic , Islamic , etc.
oil - exporting , oil - producing , oil - rich
verb + country
govern , rule , run
The ~ was ruled by a brutal dictatorship.
the politicians who run the ~
lead
He accused the government of leading the ~ to disaster.
attack , conquer , invade , occupy
defend , protect
We must remember those who died defending their ~.
serve
I'm proud to serve my ~.
liberate , save
a commander who saved his ~ from invasion
divide , polarize , split
The issue of the single currency has divided the ~.
unite
destabilize , destroy , devastate , ravage
Years of civil war had ravaged the ~.
rebuild
democratize , modernize , pacify , stabilize
flee , leave
The former president has been forced to flee the ~.
enter
new restrictions on goods entering the ~
love
He loved his ~ deeply.
betray
play for , represent
She represented her ~ at the Beijing Olympics.
tour , travel , visit
He plans to travel the ~ by motorcycle.
country + verb
border sth
countries bordering the Black Sea
produce sth
export sth , import sth
The ~ exports around 80% of its output.
agree sth , ratify sth , sign sth
The two countries signed a basic treaty of cooperation.
compete , participate
Over 30 countries participated in the Games.
need sth
Our ~ needs a leader like her.
face sth , struggle (with sth) , suffer (from sth)
The ~ is suffering from rising unemployment.
preposition
across a/the   ~
They drove across the ~.
all over a/the   ~
They are holding special events all over the ~.
around a/the   ~ , round a/the   ~ ( esp. BrE )
This is just one of 33 sites around the ~.
in a/the   ~
people who live in this ~
throughout a/the   ~
New schools are being built throughout the ~.
phrases
countries around the globe , countries around the world
We operate in ten countries around the globe.
~ of (sb's) birth , ~ of origin
the ~ of his birth
He cannot be deported to his ~ of origin.
in this ~ and abroad
The play has been enjoyed by audiences in this ~ and abroad for many years.
a part of a ~
There will be rain in many parts of the ~ tomorrow.
the ~ as a whole
The rich benefited from the reforms, not the ~ as a whole.
2 area of land with particular features
adjective
desert , hill , hilly , mountain , mountainous , open
The town is surrounded by miles and miles of open ~.
rough , wild
farming , wine
This part of Africa is rich farming ~.
hunting , walking ( both esp. BrE )
superb walking ~
… of country
stretch , tract
a beautiful stretch of ~
Whole tracts of ~, once fertile, have become arid.
3 land away from towns/cities
country + noun
life
air
lane , road
area , district ( both esp. BrE )
town , village ( esp. BrE )
cottage , estate , home , house ( esp. BrE ) , manor , mansion , residence ( esp. BrE ) , retreat , seat ( BrE )
inn , pub ( BrE )
park ( BrE )
fair
walk ( esp. BrE )
boy , girl
gentleman , squire ( esp. BrE )
bumpkin , dweller , folk , people
preposition
across   ~
They rode across ~.
in the   ~
She lives in the ~.

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