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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Reminds me a lot about/to/on/of our honeymoon - why is 'of' correct?

Seeing you in that red dress reminds me a lot ___ our honeymoon. Do you remember that red dress you bought in Hawaii and you wore it nearly every day! about to on of Why is "of" the correct answer?
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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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I'll take you up on your/that job offer if (-----------)

Looking for a natural English phrasing, I am stuck at what I should put in the blank below. I'm pretty sure I heard the expression before but I can't seem to remember it, and I racked my brains hard ...
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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 ...