Questions tagged [collocations]

A sequence of words or terms that co-occur more often than would be expected by chance (i.e., the statistically significant placement of particular words in a language).

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“I've started my preparation(s) for…” or “I've started preparation(s) for…”?

Could you tell which of the following sentences sounds the most natural and why? I can't go out today. You see, I've just started my preparation for the final exam. I can't go out today. You see, I'...
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Is it wrong to say “very recommended” for something

I know that the word recommended collocates with the words highly, heartily or thoroughly. However, maybe most of the non-native speakers tend to use the word very before recommended because of the ...
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Is it natural and correct to say “talk via audio” meaning to actually talk to someone over the phone rather than text?

Is it natural and correct to say talk via audio meaning to actually talk to someone over the phone rather than text? For example: Do you prefer to talk via text or audio? If it sounds off, would it ...
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“Say for definite” vs. “say exactly”

Is there any difference betwee the colloction say for definite and say exactly? For example: I can't say exactly how much money I have in my bank account. I can't say for definite how much money I ...
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“a baseball game” vs. “a game of baseball”

From Cambridge Dictionary: a game of baseball. I understand its meaning and usage. For example, I can construct a sentence with it. How long does a game of baseball last When I put the sentence on ...
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It is okay to say 'heartfelt congratulations'? [closed]

Can I say 'heartfelt congratulations' when deeply moved with joy by someone's success?
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Is the pair tenant/host correct?

Question from non-native English speaker. I am building a website where users would be able to list their property for the long term rent. I need names for both types of users. I know that Tenant can ...
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Is “do something against sth” acceptable when meaning “do something about sth”?

As a native German speaker, I was taught that the correct translation of "etwas gegen etwas tun", which would literally translate as "to do something against something", was "...
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“Do pole vault” or “perform pole vault”?

Could tell me which verb do you use with the sport of pole vault: do or perform? For example: Person A: Do you do any sports? Person B: Yes, I do/perform pole vault. Interestingly, there is no ...
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Is it correct and natural to say “work in a managerial role”?

Is it correct and natural to say work in a managerial role? For example: The job description says that to be considered for the position you need to have at least one year working in a managerial ...
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nothing remain of + noun

Is it grammatically correct to say that “Nothing remains of the old, abandoned house but pieces of old furniture?” My gut feeling tells me that there have to be some structural tweaks being made ...
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Is it natural to say “punch something/someome at full tilt” meaning to punch the thing or someone as hard as one can possibly can?

Is it natural to say punch something/someome at full tilt meaning to punch the thing or someone as hard as one can possibly can? For example: The was punching the punching bag at full tilt. He ...
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Is it natural and correct to say “I can't feel my fingerst” meaning my fingers are numb?

Is it natural and correct to say I can't feel my fingerst meaning my fingers are numb? For example: I guess I had better go to the doctor. I can't feel my fingers at all. If it doesn't sound right,...
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In what contexts do I use the collocation “get home” and “get back home”?

Could you tell me in what contexts I use get home and get back home. For example, which one I use in the following context? I am going out to meet up with some friends.I will get home/get back home ...
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Is it correct and natural to say “my phone holds a charge well” meaning it has a good battery"?

Could you tell me if it's natural to say my phone holds a charge well in the sense its battery last long enough? For example: One of the most valuable advantages of my phone is the fact the it ...
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“Interrupt one's sleep”, “disturb one's sleep” or “disrupt one's sleep”?

Could you tell which one of the following sentences sounds the most natural? The dog has been interrupting my sleep for the past two months, so I bought earplugs. The dog has been disturbing ...
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Is there a word for large group of horses? [closed]

Is there a word for large group of horses? I know there's "flock" for birds, but I am wondering if there's a similar word for horses and land mammals.
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“Will see” vs “We'll see”

In Russian, there's a phrase meaning 'We will see in what something will end up'. Literally, that is the form of the Russian verb see put in 2Sg. Is there any colloquial phrase which has the same ...
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“Negotiate with someone for something” or “negotiate with someone to get something”?

Could you tell me which of the following sentences sounds the most natural? We will negotiate with the company as hard as we can to get a better deal. We will negotiate with the company as ...
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“Be in a conflict of interest” or “have a conflict of interest”?

What verb does the phase conflict of interest collocate the best with: be or have? For example: The polician has to resign because he is in a conflict of interest. The polician has to resign ...
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Is a definite article necessary in “I’ll definitely get the first place.”?

Consider the following passage from a webnovel: He felt a gush of gratitude in his heart. He did not say anything, but deep down inside he decided, This time I must not let them down, I’ll ...
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The American English learning counterpart of 'Cambridge English in Use'

I am seeking help on searching resources for learning American English collocations, phrasal verbs, idioms, and pronunciation skills. For work-related reasons I am seeking exclusively resources on ...
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Is “radio DJ” a collocation?

I am asked in the English exam I've recently taken online to make a collocation with the given word. Like this sample: Ice-...cream but with the word radio: Radio - a)pm b)mp c)DJ I chose the ...
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rise or increase..Which goes better with “level”?

Which is a better collocation "level is increasing" or "level is rising"? The unemployment **level is increasing** The unemployment **level is rising**
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The use of just as

Can i ask you why should we put as in blank 24?
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To reach my aims vs To achieve my aims

I'm doing an exercise from an ESL book where I need to choose the correct collocation. Here's the bit I'm confused about: Since I decided to become an architect, I've put a lot of effort into ...
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Use of open and start in a sentence

I am confused at the use of open here. The office opens early in the morning. The office starts early in the morning. which is right? open or start?
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To be one of the presidential candidates in this/these election(s)

I was wondering whether in the following context the bold sentence sounds correct to you grammatically and semantically: The 2020 United States presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, ...
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What is the difference between “to look carefully at something” and “to look at something carefully”?

What is the difference (if any) between the following? 'to look carefully at something' 'to look at something carefully' I am trying to understand which place the word 'carefully' should ...
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Help me with “come into” collocations

I've just learned that the meaning of "come into" is : be important or relevant. However I don't get the following sentence: to come into a person's possession without having been paid for. Does ...
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Volunteer/Candidate as Modifiers?

I am translating texts in the field of education, and got confused about two specific words (volunteer and candidate). Can we use these words as modifiers? To illustrate, can we say the following? ...
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The risk exists [closed]

"The risk exists that .... " I am proofreading an English text related to financial consulting. This text is the result of an audit which observes, identifies risks and comes up with recommendations. ...
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Experience - consists of or includes

I'm preparing a resume and wonder what is correct? My experience ... 1) consists of ... 2) includes ... two years of digging holes and 1 year of filling them up [that line is just a silly example of ...
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Does 'feelings of solitude' sound good or correct?

I always see/read sentences like : '..and this can cause you to have feelings of loneliness.' or 'but it’s hard to cope when feelings of worthlessness and loneliness persist.' So I wonder if it ...
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Is it grammatical to say “this food is comfortable”?

"the food is comfortable" The person who said it meant "the food made me feel comfortable". My initial instinct was that "this food is comfortable" is incorrect. However, since "this couch is ...
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play snowball / have a snowball fight

A colleague of mine said there is no such thing as "playing snowball" in English. In my native language, when we talk about "snowball", we use it with the verb "play." I wonder "playing snowball ...
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Is this right to say 'job holders'

For example; Some think that holders of the jobs such as nurses are less paid. Is this right to say, what else can I say?
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Is 'to commute on foot' grammatically right?

Is it okay to say, 'He usually commutes on foot and hence he always gets 10,000 steps by the end of the day'? Do commute and on foot match? In my effort to get an answer to this question, I googled ...
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When can we use the verb “perform” with the noun “work”?

When can we use the verb "perform" with the noun "work"? Does it suggest any special idea? or is it simply a formal way to say "do work"?
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infinitive or gerund: two most important keys to succeed

In the following sentence, should "two" be preceded by "the"? And is "succeed" correct? Diligence and intelligence are two most important keys to succeed.
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A collocation to mean going to hospital

I'm looking for a collocation to use with the word hospital which would mean "going to hospital". I'm translating a medical academic paper and I need to say "20% of more than 350 million people going ...
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objects taken by “specify”

Can the verb specify take an object that refers to something specific, like "January 20" as opposed to "the date"? Are the following examples okay? He specified January 20 (as the election day). ...
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do you sit in or at an openspace

If I was to write: I will be sitting all day on open space would that be correct or should I say I will be sitting all day at open space or otherwise. By openspace I mean the typical corporate space ...
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What's the best among these expressions if in a formal news report? [closed]

the railway will become operative on Saturday. the railway will begin operation on Saturday. the railway will come into use on Saturday the railway will be put into use on Saturday. the railway ...
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In the past and now

is "in the past and now" a commonly used collocation? For example, are titles like these correct: "London in the past and now", "Life in the past and now" etc.
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Is “Negative Repercussion” a correct collocation?

Can I use the word "Negative" before the word "Repercussion? For example: If they do not take such measures, there may well be a negative repercussion in terms of support for the whole process in ...
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Become familiar OR get familiar

I was wondering if you could tell me what the difference is between two verbs: become familiar with get familiar with
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Apply an exam or give an exam

If I'm a teacher and I'm going to give my students an exam tomorrow, Can I say: I´m going to apply an exam tomorrow?
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Verbs collocating with the term “jet lag” used both as the subject and the object

Someone who has made a long journey from east to west by plane feels as if the time were several hours later than the local time. Looking for the term which may be applied to that phenomenon (or a ...
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Is it OK to use “slowly” after “to edge”?

I came across a sentence Why does a car have to edge forward slowly when turning from a side street into a main street? The use of slowly made me look up the definition of edge as a verb in a ...

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