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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 there a rule which may indicate us when to use “BROAD” and when to use “WIDE”?

Could anybody tell me please if there is a rule which may indicate us when to use "BROAD" and when to use "WIDE? 1st example: I know it is correct to say "broad daylight" but is it wrong to say "...
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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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“talk money” or “talk about money”

Let's talk money. It's from an American show: Friends(Season02 Episode03), Usually, I would say "Let's talk about money, but why did she omit the word "about"?
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How can I correctly form collocations such as 'cough trouble'?

I read a new collocation cough trouble which I could not found in any dictionary. How can I form a noun + noun collocation?
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Why 'pale' yellow instead of 'light' yellow and what are the other colors used with 'pale'?

In LDOCE, 'light' is considered a synonym of 'pale' which means having more white in it than usual, and I also thought pale and light are interchangeable when it came to colors. I'm reading 'English ...
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Can I say 'I swam at the beach'?

I have come across the following sentence in New Round-Up 3 Pearson Education Limited 2010: I swam at the beach last weekend. I would have understood if it were 'at the seaside', but 'at the beach'...
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Is that any expression in English for “not too sweet tea”?

Is that any expression in English for not too sweet tea? Here, we normally say it is as sweet as guava, which means the taste of tea is just half sweet, because the amount of sugar is reduced.
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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 ...