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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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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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Do the phrases 'at all costs', 'no matter what happens' or 'in any case' mean the same thing?

I wanted to express my strong will and eagerness to achieve something (e.g 'I will destroy them',) So I came up with these 3 phrases : 'at all costs', 'no matter what happens' or 'in any case' to at ...
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Exercise keeps me in good shape : Is this sentence correct?

I've seen this two sentences im my country's English dictionary. I exercise every morning to keep myself in good shape. It's important for him to keep in good shape. So i became curious if i ...
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Collocation: do + character

This is the character I did last week. Would it be correct for an artist to use "did" in the sentence above? She is talking about the (game) character as an assignment she finished last week. ...
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What verbs collocate with policy?

What verbs collocate with policy? Make a policy? Develop a policy? The government should make a a policy to reduce the number of cars. Does this sound correct?
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have experience doing sth and it's up to you what we learn - how much incorrect?

My friend and I kind of disagree on the nature of 2 errors in a sentence. The sentence + the context: My friend read an advert from an English teacher who wrote (I'm only quoting the relevant ...
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collocation: idol to or of?

I'd like to know which preposition should be used in the following: John is an idol of / to many teenagers. John is the idol of / to many teenagers. I'd appreciate your help.
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someone is “in/on” high energy

I'm so high on energy right now. / I'm so high in energy right now. Everyone at the gym is in high energy. / Everyone at the gym is on high energy. Which one is correct or are they both correct ...
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What does “only half kidding” mean in this context?

Almost immediately, she was lost in the labyrinth of works for sale: Takashi Murakami’s lurid blond plastic milkmaids with long legs and erect nipples; the words “any messages?” spelled out in neon ...
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Commit a crime/ commit murder

Why is crime proceeded by a, while murder is not? 1) Commit murder/rape/suicide/adultery On the other hand 2) commit a robbery/a crime/an offense Why do robbery, crime, and ...
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Is 'have difficulties' correct?

But it is far enough away that early explorers had difficulty/difficulties finding it. What should I choose completing the exam task? Are both plural and singular correct?
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The first or second conditional after “predict”?

What's the difference in meaning? Some scientists predict that if everyone in the world lived like an American, our fossil fuel supply would last for just fifteen more years. Or: Some ...
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collocation: learn information?

I was once told that "learn information" is not natural English. However, I see the following: Vygotsky scaffolding and the related concept of the zone of proximal development are teaching methods ...
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Which noun collocates with “leave”? [closed]

I leave no ....... in my life for anyone coming to me by accident. I prefer to spend time with a small group of my close friends. a. care b. thought c. diary d. room
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To HOST/HOLD/ORGANIZE an event [closed]

Governments host an event every year for a potential profit increase. Or Governments hold an event every year for a potential profit increase. Or Governments organize an event every year for a ...
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Is “Do I open the door” grammatically incorrect?

I used to work with an English guy and whenever I had to ask something for permission I'd go like Do I put this away? Do I delete this from the system? Do I go home now? He told me that this ...
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“Currency” correct phrase: Currencies of rich countries are stronger/higher

Which is the correct way of saying that rich countries have higher/currency than developing nations? It goes something like this: Usually, Currencies of wealthy countries are stronger than less ...
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Is “unanimous consensus” correct phrase?

Is it OK to say: We can't reach a unanimous consensus on the issue. Does unanimous consensus make sense? I know from the dictionary that unanimous collocates with agreement but I didn't find ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use the verb 'have' when talking about one's/smb's birthday?

I have come across the following sentence in Activate Level A2 coursebook by Carolyn Barraclough, Elaine Boyd, Suzanne Gaynor, Megan Roderick, Mary Stephens: I would recommend the Art Museum - ...
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Which word is more preferable in the word-combination 'a pilates instructor/trainer/coach'?

a pilates instructor a pilates trainer a pilates coach I wonder which of the words above fits best and why? I have studied the meanings of the three synonyms above, each one of them mentions ...
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Serve time/serve their time/serve their sentence in prison

How do you describe colloquially and grammatically a prisoner who is currently in prison. a prisoner who serves time in prison a prisoner who serves their time in prison a prisoner who ...
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difference in verb collocation with exam

I have read three verb collocations with exam but cannot find the difference in meaning. sit an exam/test, do an exam/test, and take an exam/test I would like to know the difference in ...
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Staging an intervention(collocation)

I came across this collocation just a few minutes ago, then as I was looking up to it online, I can't find the meaning of it. Only intervention or staging, which means not as a combined words. ...
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Is it grammatically correct and natural to say 'This dress IS amazing on you'?

I know we can say "This dress looks amazing on you." but can we also say "This dress is amazing on you"? I have always come across the verb 'to look' in reference to clothes. I wonder whether one can ...
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Can “indefinite article” in the expression “on a … basis ” be changed to a definite article?

Salary is paid on a monthly basis. I created the sentence above. It is assumed here that a year is divided into several periods. For example, each period has three months, and salary is sometimes ...
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Degree ON or IN a field?

I think that one can receive a degree in a field, say, Management. I saw somewhere that this was written on the first page of a thesis: Thesis for receiving «MA» degree on Translation Studies ...
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What is the proper way of saying “internship period”?

I don't even know how to put this... I got accepted to a programming job in a small firm but technically I haven't been accepted yet. They are evaluating my skills and abilities to see if I am capable ...
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Prepositions that go with “accuracy”

We need to improve the accuracy with which such errors are detected. I usually use "accuracy" with a relative pronoun as shown above. After looking up dictionaries, I found that the sentence above ...
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Why is New York often said with the word “City” in English?

Usually, while watching some videos/movies or reading books in English, I tend to see that people always adding the word "City" to New York(New York City). What's behind this stuff in English? I can ...
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Is it natural to say academy/language school “happens”?

I heard one native American saying, "So right now, I'm actually attending language school which happens every single day for hours." But I'm not used to this kind of expression. Is it natural to ...
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What does “lament their teenagers’ noses” mean?

“Parents lament their teenagers’ noses constantly in their phones.” Could you help me with the understanding of the "lament their teenagers' noses" in this sentence? I am confused about it.
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collocation: perform / expand its purchase of

Can the verbs "expand" and "perform" be used in the following? The company decided to perform / expand its purchase of real estate in Japan. I'd appreciate your help.
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Why is there no preposition in the phrase “told a news conference”?

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told a news conference in the city of Redding at the edge of the blaze on Sunday that one more person had died in a residence consumed by fire, bringing the total to ...
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Go exercise/going for exercise/do some exercises

Let's say you get to advice a teenager on how to integrate healthy lifestyle and somehow to outshine her peers. And you say: You may outclass other girls by exerting extra effort if you go ...
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Can a prize “increase”?

I have a mobile app that runs tournaments with cash prizes. I want to add a sentence which I'm not sure it's correct grammatically: The prize increases every time one of your friends join. Can a ...
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Can I use word “shift” with curtain?

How your room would light up if you won't shift the curtains aside and let the sunshine come in. Is the word shift correct when used about curtains in this context?
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collocation - write a diary?

Is "write a diary" natural English? Many teachers say it is incorrect, but the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English online gives the following collocation: keep/write a diary (=write ...
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The ground is going to fall apart/crumble

Let's say a heavy rain is going on: The torrential downpour has loud-banging sound because of thunder that is so intense the air waves from it seem to slam the ground, like it is going to fall ...
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hamper someone to V?

Can "hamper" be used in the format "hamper somebody to [verb]," as in the following? The stock market crash hampered the company to expand into the German market. I'd appreciate your help.
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What is an adjective meaning “informing others”?

In translations, sometimes several parts of the source texts are completely deleted. This happens either with prior notice (for example it is stated clearly in the preface that several chapters have ...
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Gossiping or engaging in gossip(if present continuous must be used)

Let's say you were asked about a thing you prefer doing over the other. And you say: ''I would choose to be reading books rather than gossiping about people's lives.'' OR ''I would choose to be ...
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collocation with a word stress

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,...
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Come around vs come here

To me it seems like come around mean come anywhere near to me in any direction, that is behind me, right in front of me, sideways etc. On the other hand, come here seems to imply to come at a specific ...
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have on outdoor clothes/outerwear

Let's say you are currently wearing clothes only appropriate for indoor or should I say ''only good when your at home clothes'', and then your mother has asked you to: have on outdoor clothes or ...
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Staged a protest vs staged a protest rally?

Let's say, you read an article a few minutes ago... and it indicated: ''Members of different militant groups in XXX City staged a protest rally on Wednesday to express their support for the ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically sound?

sentence: Everyone, everywhere would be caught in the deluge of the tsunami of shit that we let rage rampant. Something about the last three words feels off.
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Is “How did your job go?” grammatically correct?

And if it is correct, can someone explain to me the grammar. Like, is it present continuous or something (grammar isn't my strong suit).
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What does collocation “hands down” mean? [closed]

Ussually people use it in the end of the sentence, i think it means somethink like "i admire it" or "i agree with that" but still not sure.
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Have a picnic vs make a picnic vs go on a picnic vs go for a picnic

I quite often come across the following phrases: Have a picnic, Make a picnic, Go on a picnic, Go for a picnic But I can't distinguish between them. Are they the same or do they have different ...
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Can a person hit home?

I watched a movie with a couple of charaters and I couldn't really relate to any of them, except for one, because I felt such people with this type of personality can't exist; they are just too ...