Is "fresh news" an acceptable collocation?

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Is "fresh news" an acceptable collocation?

Post by gabelita » Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:18 pm

Good afternoon, everyone!

This is my first post here, I hope you can help me. {-:

I'm taking the TKT Exam next Saturday and have been taking some sample tests in order to practice.
In the last sample test I took, there was a question like this:

Choose the example which matches the term:
a collocation
(a) very nice
(b) fresh news
(c) quickly spoken


I marked (b), the correct answer is (a).

However, I found some examples of "fresh news" in a reliable source: http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/
There's even a website whose name is freshnews.com!

Could you help me here?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Is "fresh news" an acceptable collocation?

Post by Joe » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:51 am

I don't know about byu.edu but in my book news must by definition be fresh. The term "fresh news" is therefore tautological, not collocative :)
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Re: Is "fresh news" an acceptable collocation?

Post by gabelita » Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:15 am

Well, this makes a lot of sense...
Thanks a lot! :)

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