An important step to improving your vocabulary is to not only learn the appropriate terms, but to learn the words that commonly go together with those terms. These word combinations are often, adjective + noun, verb + noun, and noun + verb pairs. Each of these collocation sheets provide collocations for commonly used words arranged into categories. Each collocation is illustrated with an example sentence.

Adjectives + "Money"

The following list includes adjectives that are commonly used with the noun 'money'. Adjectives that are similar in meaning are grouped together. Each adjective or adjective group has an example sentence to illustrate usage.


He thinks working in marketing is easy money. I think he'll find it's quite a different story.

bonus, extra

If you complete the project before next Tuesday, there'll be some bonus money.


The best way to feel good about any purchase is if it's been made with hard-earned money.

government, public, taxpayers'

It's not right to waste taxpayers' money on projects that benefit those who are already wealthy.

pocket, spending

Would you like a little extra pocket money this weekend?

gas, lunch, petrol, rent, etc

Could you lend me some lunch money today?

prize, grant, scholarship

They won a lot of grant money for their research into DNA.

stolen, dirty, bribe, ransom

I don't want your dirty money!

hush, protection

That gang is demanding protection money from every store on the street. It's scandalous!

pension, retirement

We plan to move to Hawaii with our retirement money.

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