This week we look at a phrase to describe the play on the pitch – the phrase is ‘to combine with‘. To combine is a verb that means to mix two or more things together, to blend two or more ingredients together: the structure is to combine A with B. When a player combines with another player it means they exchange passes, they give the ball and receive the ball. You may hear the phrase used to describe play down the wing or around the opposition box, for example, in the curtain raiser to the season, the Charity Shield, Rafael combined well with Zaha for Manchester United on the right flank. A similar meaning but using the noun form, combination, would be Rafael and Zaha were a good combination down the right. To combine with.
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