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He arived 2 hours late and received a/an ... welcome.

Everyone was talking about the movie while leaving the cinema, but it left me ...

My boss is ... as a personality; she never reveals her true feelings.

cold is okay here, but what about impassive?

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No, impassive is not a good substitute here. 'cold' collocates wtih welcome, left me ..., and personality. Impassive doesn't.
No, impassive is not a good substitute here. 'cold' collocates with welcome, left me ..., and personality. Impassive doesn't.

Nor does impassive have the same meaning as cold.
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Nona The BritNor does impassive have the same meaning as cold.

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What does it mean to you?
Cold - actively unfriendly. A cold welcome = it is made clear to you that you are not really welcome at all.

Impassive - emotionless, not an active response. Impassive welcome - they don't care if you are there or not.
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Nona The Brit
Cold - actively unfriendly. A cold welcome = it is made clear to you that you are not really welcome at all.

Impassive - emotionless, not an active response. Impassive welcome - they don't care if you are there or not.

To me, collocation means the most frequent combination of words.

What does to collocate mean, actually? Does it mean if a pair of words are not used frequently together, they cannot be combined?

IS it not he semantics of words that determine the correct combination? Emotion: rolleyes
Of course words can be combined in other ways.

However, there are some accepted combinations that are therefore clearer in meaning. Sometimes words form idioms that are almost impossible to replace.

He arived 2 hours late and received a/an ... welcome. Lots of words would fit here, but I wouldn't say impassive is really one of them. Friendly, warm, cold, enthusiastic. Impassive doesn't really work as you have received a welcome - some sort of response. Impassive suggest no response to your arrival.

Everyone was talking about the movie while leaving the cinema, but it left me ... 'left me cold' is an idiom and therefore 'cold' is not easily replaced.