This is my question.

  • feel stress
  • have stress
  • receive stress
  • get stress

which collocation is best fit for a word stress? (particularly in academic writing)

and if there are any awkward collocation, please let me know

  • 2
    "have stress" seems the one I'd be most likely to use in speech (I would never say "receive stress" or "get stress"), but I wouldn't use any of these in academic writing. Have you tried "experience stress"?
    – Sparksbet
    May 25 '18 at 5:22
  • @Sparksbet I have to use collocation 'stress' in academic version... thus I looked up some grammar book in my country(Korea), and I found four possible collocations as I wrote in the question..
    – Belle
    May 25 '18 at 5:26
  • I think that Sparksbet is right, "experience stress" sounds more academic than your four choices.
    – RubioRic
    May 25 '18 at 5:42
  • Perhaps we need more context to understand what exactly is meant by academic here.
    – Lambie
    Dec 30 '18 at 22:10
  • This question came back around. I wonder why.
    – Lambie
    May 31 '19 at 18:08

The best option here may not be in your list - it is very common to describe someone (or something) as being under stress.

If you do need to use one of the 4 options you listed, I believe the most appropriate would be to feel stress, assuming that you are using stress in the context of a human (i.e. not stress on a material or object, such as a bridge). Stress can be defined as a feeling of emotional or mental pressure, therefore feeling fits well.


The most common form is: to be stressed.

In academic or any other type of formal writing.

Unless there is a specific reason for it, use the verb form.

Otherwise, one can feel stress, yes. The other verbs don't work.

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