conversation collocations and examples

 UK /ˌkɒnvə(r)ˈseɪʃ(ə)n/

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(a) private and informal talk between people


Adjectives frequently used with conversation
types of conversation: casual, chance, face-to-face, informal, lively, meaningful, privateHaving a face-to-face conversation is much more personal than a phone call.long/short: brief, longRobert and I had a long conversation that day.
Nouns frequently used before conversation
email, telephoneIn the course of a telephone conversation he admitted his feelings.
Verbs frequently used with conversation
have a conversation: be engrossed in, conduct, engage in, have, hold, participate inI had an interesting conversation with him about sailing.

Usage note

When you talk to someone that you do not know well, in order to be polite you can say that you make conversation: ‘Nice party, isn’t it?’ I said, trying to make conversation.When two people are very involved in a conversation, you can say that they are deep in conversation: I looked across at Mary, who was deep in conversation with her sister.

start a conversation: enter into, get into, initiate, start, strike upWe soon got into conversation with our fellow passengers.Casual jokes helped people to start conversations.hear someone else’s conversation: overhearOur conversation was overheard by fellow travellers.try to change the subject of a conversation: steerHe tried to steer the conversation towards more important matters.

Verbs that frequently follow conversation
flow, move on (to something), turn to somethingOur conversation turned to football.
Nouns + of frequently used before conversation
subject: subject, topicWork seemed to be his only topic of conversation.noise: buzz, humThe restaurant was filling up and a buzz of conversation filled the air.piece: snatches, snippetI could hear snatches of conversation through the wall.
 
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