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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How to describe I am one of only two people on the team with engineering background

I am trying to write a self-motivation letter to apply a position, but I am not sure what is the better way to describe one of my past experience. I am trying to describe that there are only two ...
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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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What is the correct collocation for holding classes as a teacher?

I'm preparing a work experience letter in which I am expected to include my responsibilities in previous companies. In one of the companies I was holding some classes for other staff. But I'm not sure ...
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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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“For all” vs. “with all”

These examples are taken from the MacMillan Dictionary: 1. For all his complaining, I think he actually enjoyed the day. 2. For all the trouble he's caused her, you'd think she'd be happy to ...
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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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Become familiar OR get fmiliar

I was wonder if you could tell me what is defference between two verbs 1- become familiar with 2- get familiar with Thanks in advance
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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 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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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 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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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 ...
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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 (e.g. it is stated clearly in the preface that several chapters have not ...
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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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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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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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Is “With which” correct?

I've been using "With which" many times but, days ago, an app corrected this structure. Then, what's grammatical or preferable? With which book should I start? or which book should i read ...
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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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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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Usage of “to” vs “from”

While writing a cover letter, I wrote a following a sentence. "I am confident that I possess the pertinent skills to successfully complete this course and am one opportunity away to making a ...
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Usage of "be a help, be of help, be (any, much,little) help, be of (any, much, little help)

I looked up the above-mentioned collocations in different dictionaries and still don't know how to use them properly. The question is not about the meaning "to be helpful", but when to use which.Can ...
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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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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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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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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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go to university or go to the university

I'm a bit confused. I know that "go to university" is a collocation which means going to attend university. What if I want to say that I'm heading to, walking to, the university. Can I say "I'm going ...
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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: 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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“some friend” in positive and negative senses

I pretty much hear some friend in the negative sense as in Some friend you are! How can some friend be used to express approval? Please, provide examples and you may want to find out how you ...
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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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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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“I did a few mistakes” vs “I made a few mistakes”

What is the difference between: "I did a few mistakes." and, "I made a few mistakes." Are they the same or not? My question is about the collocation: Can I use "made" for the word ...
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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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To prepare for something or to get prepared for something?

Which one is correct in American English? 1) To prepare for something? 2) To get prepared for something? Besides this, there are a lot of similar things that I am not sure about (such as to ...
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Which is correct: “on foot” or “by foot”?

He went there on foot. Or He went there by foot. Which one is correct, and on what basis?
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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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'upward trend' or 'increasing trend'

Should I use 'upward trend' or 'increasing trend' in this sentence? There has been an upward trend in expenditure over the last 36 year by 20-30%. There has also been the increasing trend in ...
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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 ...