25 Computers Collocations in Context

Read carefully this text where you will find 25 computers collocations in context and then complete the quiz.

I’m teaching my grandmother how to use a computer. First I showed her how to start up and shut down the computer. Then, I helped her get online or access the internet so that she can check her e-mail. She quickly learned how to write and send messages, reply to an e-mail and forward an e-mail (send a complete e-mail that you received to a new person), but it was a little hard for her to remember how to attach a file to an outgoing message. 

We tried to log into her bank account online, but the bank’s website was down (the website was not functional, or was not online). There was a notice on the home page (the main page of the website) that they were doing some scheduled maintenance on the system so we’ll try again tomorrow. 

This afternoon, I’ll teach her how to use a search engine. I think she’ll really enjoy surfing/browsing the web (exploring the internet) and using social media. If she needs to do something more advanced, like burn a CD (put files from a computer onto a CD), then I can do that for her. 

She’s a little bit afraid of pressing the wrong key and accidentally deleting an important file, but I told her that we can always recover the file from the recycling bin. I also explained that if the computer freezes or locks up (stops moving/functioning), she can simply restart/reboot the computer. 

It’s also a good idea for her to back up her files (make an extra copy of the information) so that she doesn’t lose her data if the computer crashes (the computer breaks) and can’t be repaired. I installed a program that periodically runs scans for viruses and spyware to ensure that her computer hasn’t been infected. 

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25 Computers Collocations in Context

Quiz

Complete the following quiz with the right computers collocation in context:

1. After my computer was stolen, I was so glad I had backed up / locked up / started up all my data on an external hard drive. 

2. Could I use your computer for a minute? I’d like to check / look / verify my e-mail. 

3. Do I need to attach / implement / install a special program to be able to view this video? 

4. I burned / locked / scanned you a CD of some of my favorite music. 

5. I can’t check the event schedule online because the conference website seems to be off / down / frozen. 

6. If you want more space on your hard drive, you should crash / delete / shut down old files that you no longer need. 

7. I’m trying to log into / start up / reboot my account, but I can’t remember the password. 

8. More and more people are getting / scanning / surfing the web on their cell phones nowadays. 

9. My computer down / freezes / infected when I have too many programs open at the same time. 

10. Never open attachments from people you don’t know – they could disease / infect / lock up your computer with a virus. 

11. The boss wants everyone to close / shut down / turn out their computers before leaving work. 

12. You forgot to add / annex / attach the file to your message. 

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Answer Key

Complete the following quiz with the right computers collocation in context:

1. After my computer was stolen, I was so glad I had backed up all my data on an external hard drive. 

2. Could I use your computer for a minute? I’d like to check my e-mail. 

3. Do I need to install a special program to be able to view this video? 

4. I burned you a CD of some of my favorite music. 

5. I can’t check the event schedule online because the conference website seems to be down. 

6. If you want more space on your hard drive, you should delete old files that you no longer need. 

7. I’m trying to log into my account, but I can’t remember the password. 

8. More and more people are surfing the web on their cell phones nowadays. 

9. My computer freezes when I have too many programs open at the same time. 

10. Never open attachments from people you don’t know – they could infect your computer with a virus. 

11. The boss wants everyone to shut down their computers before leaving work. 

12. You forgot to attach the file to your message. 

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