Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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).

1
vote
2answers
113 views

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,...
-1
votes
2answers
713 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
14 views

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
1
vote
1answer
94 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
22 views

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?
0
votes
1answer
15 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
59 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
50 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
10 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
52 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
57 views

“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
0
votes
0answers
96 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
113 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
82 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
106 views

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 ...