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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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“Take a ride” vs “ride the rides”

Which one is better? take a ride in an amusement park ride the rides in the amusement park
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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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Competition can be raised

Competition can be raised. I want to say a sense of competition should be encouraged in children but I'm not sure if "competition" can be used with "raised". Is it correct? It is not just a matter ...
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when numbers are not in order

Here's the situation: I was taking notes in my notebook on the new phrases I get to see in an English series when I noticed I accidentally skipped one of the episodes so in my notebook I had episode ...
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Collocations of string/wire/cable + intrasitive verb meaning “cut”

I was playing a game with my little children to find out that I got stumped to describe what could happen to a string below If you pull a wire/cable/string so hard it could (intransitive verb ...
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Is this sentence correct in terms of collocation?

Is the collocation of "irritable questioning manner"correct? Also, is the phrase "young enthusiastic man" common? Ryan peered at Jake with an irritable questioning manner that was to be expected ...
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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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Is “spent more expenditure” correct in this sentence?

People spent more expenditure on utility bills. Is this sentence correct? We spend money on something, but do we "spend expenditure"? Is it better to change this to "Expenditure/spending on ...