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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the scales of media coverage

Below is a sentence I wrote about Hillary's presidential bid in 2016. I am not sure if the construction "balance the scales of media coverage" works for you. But before that, please allow me ...
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the usage of 'many', 'much', 'few', and 'little' as a pronoun

As far as I know, all the words can be used as a pronoun. 'many' and 'few' occur with countable nouns, while 'much' and 'little' with uncountable nouns. There are two confusing sentences, which I saw ...
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Do "significant" and "surge" collocate well?

Are the following sentences natural? Prices significantly surged. There has been a significant surge in prices. In google search I found 612000 results that seems enough to accept this as a valid ...
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Natural ways to mean someone is stalling another

Example: If a woman is asked to get married and tries to get time to answer because she feels insecure but doesn't want to say it. I could tell she's stalling the man. But if I wanted to sound more ...
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with urgency or urgently?

I believe my question refers to collocations and also to which is the most common way of saying that I will send a message alerting people that they have to solve a situation urgently. I've done some ...
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"He was swindled with the promise of..."

Let's say someone took someone's money or property promising them something in return, but they swindled them. What is the correct collocation to use with "swindle" if we want to say what ...
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Looking for "Call+ verb" structure, which doesn't have a real meaning of using any voice necessarily

Looking for a collocation or an idiom that contains the word 'Call', which doesn't have a real meaning of using voice necessarily (except for call on the phone) but metaphorical. Is there such ...
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Questions about 'smoothly'

Is there a difference between 'speak fluently' and 'speak smoothly' in meaning? Is it correct to use 'smoothly' to describe 'speak English' such as 'He speaks English smoothly' and 'He speaks ...
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usage question: punished his drug possession

Is the following use of "punished" natural? The court punished his drug possession.
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What do we do with a benchmark?

Considering the concept of a benchmark, in the sense of a single point of reference. What does one say, when, for example, a person has achieved a score that is higher than some benchmark score? I ...
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Is it correct and natural to say "your account is pulling up" meaning the computer is processing info to show it on the screen?

Could you tell me if it is correct and natural to say your account is pulling up meaning the computer is processing info to show it on the screen? For example: Sir, would you please hang on a bit. ...
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Is it correct and natural to say "put 10 dollars on your account in one payment"?

Could you tell me if it is correct and natural to say put 10 dollars on your account in one payment meaning to make the payment not in installments, but rather it's got to be one payment. For example:...
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Is it correct and natural to say "share one's mobile data with someone via one's hotspot"? [closed]

Could you tell me it is correct and natural to say share one's mobile data with someone via one's hotspot? For example: If you've run out of your data allowance, I can share my data with your via my ...
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Is it natural and correct to say "rig one's data expenditure" meaning to make it look like someone spends more than they really do?

Could you tell me if it is natural and correct to say rig one's data expenditure meaning to make it look like someone spends more than they really do? For example: The customer accuses the service ...
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Is it correct and natural to say "the cell phone plan comes with roaming mobile data"?

Could you tell me if it's correct and natural to say the cell phone plan come with roaming mobile data mean you can use it access the internet without additional charges abroad? For example: If you ...
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Is it correct and natural to say "my tablet is an average price" meaning when it comes to price, it's average?

Could you tell me if it is correct and natural to say my tablet is an average price meaning when it comes to price, it's average? For example: Even though my tablet is an average price, it fulfills ...
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What verb naturally fits in discussing the phrase "crime wave"?

According to many, long sentences cannot tackle the sheer scale of the crime wave. Which one of the following sentences corresponds with "crime wave"? tackle fight manage stop As we fight ...
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have 20% odds of Ving

I'd like to know if the following sentences are OK. Do they have the same meaning? a. Senior women have 20% odds of developing the disease. b. Senior women have 1/4 odds of developing the disease. ...
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Keep/maintain relationships

I've seen so many articles in the internet using keep your relationships..... I also tried to look-up maintain on my thesaurus and turned out two of the synonims are keep sth up and keep sth going. ...
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Alternate ways to say if you want/if you want to/if you'd like

Alternate ways to say if you want/if you want to/if you'd like I'd really appreciate if any could help me out here.
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Is there any difference between "work all night," "work the whole night" and "work through the whole night"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between work all night, work the whole night and work through the whole night? For example: We are exhausted because we had work all night. We are ...
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"Work two jobs" vs. "work at two jobs"

Could you tell me which one of the following sentence is more correct and natural? I had to work two jobs to get by when I lived in the expensive city. I had to work at two jobs to get by when I ...
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"obvious how ..." vs "obvious of how ..."

An example of "obvious how ..." from Definition of obvious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: obvious how, what, etc. It was far from obvious how they were going to ...
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"part of the time", but "a good part of the day"?

Citation from Definition of "part" noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: We spent part of the time in the museum. We spent a good part of the day rehearsing. Question Are ...
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word choice: "obtain/acquire a flu vaccine" and "obtain/acqure a flu shot"

(1a) Every winter, I get a flu shot. (1b) Every winter, I receive a flu shot. (1c) Every winter, I obtain a flu shot. (1d) Every winter, I acquire a flu shot. (2a) Every winter, I get a flu vaccine. (...
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"The lectures are conducted" vs "The lectures are delivered" [closed]

The lectures are conducted in English. The lectures are delivered in English. Are above sentences correct and natural? Are there alternative ways to express the same idea? I intended that the ...
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"writer of" vs "writer for"

Cited from writer (noun) page on Oxford Learner's Dictionaries: the writer of this letter a freelance feature writer for ‘Time’ magazine In what situations is "writer of" or "writer ...
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dislike getting married?

I'm wondering if the object of "dislike" should be something that is naturally repeatable. Does it make sense to say the following? Many women dislike getting married.
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Does "being harsh on someone" make sense?

Since the meanings of the words harsh and hard are similar but not the same, does "harsh on" make sense? For example: Calm down you shouldn't be too harsh on him.
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Is there any difference in meaning between "I canoe" or "I go canoeing" when someone asks you if you play any sports?

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between I canoe or I go canoeing when someone asks you if you play any sports? For example: Person A: Do you play any sports? Person B: I canoe/...
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Is it correct and natural to say "I do BMX" meaning I engage in BMX cycling?

Could you tell me if it is correct and natural to say I do BMX meaning I engage in BMX cycling? For example: Person A: What sports do you do? Person B: Oh, I do BMX.
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a member to vs. a member of

I sometimes see or hear "a member to" while in a couple of dictionaries that I've checked there's only "a member of". Examples of the former are as follows, The SBS is a member to ...
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Is it correct and natural to say "my finger tips are stinging with cold"?

Could you tell me if it is correct and natural to say "my hands are stinging with cold"? For example: I've been outside for too long and now my finger tips are stinging with cold. If doesn'...
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Is it natural and correct to say "get into an embarrassing situation"?

Could you tell me if it's correct and natural to say get into an embarrassing situation? For example: The other day I got into an embarrassing situation, but now I'm over it. What I'm trying to say ...
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Regard or consider?

Question 27 from the SAT Practice Test 3 – Writing and Language Test – from McGraw-Hill Education Eight SAT Practice Tests by Christopher Black and Mark Anestis, 2020 Edition. *We don’t regard our ...
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Is it "take the pillow off your bed" or "take the pillow from your bed"?

Could you tell which of the following sentences sounds correct and natural? Please take the pillow off your bed and put it on the floor. Please take the pillow from your bed and put it on the floor. ...
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Usage of "take up exile"

I read this sentence in a book: Berezovsky left Russia permanently the next month, taking up exile in England, where he continued to criticize Putin’s regime. But I can't find the usage of "...
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Is it correct and natural to say "allow someone a lot" meaning to allow someone to do a lot of things?

Is it correct and natural to say allow someone a lot meaning to allow someone to do a lot of things? For example: Parents allow their children a lot these days. If it's not really natural and ...
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My pencil keeps breaking or my pencil lead keeps breaking?

My pencil keeps breaking / my pencil lead keeps breaking? Which one of these two is very common among native speaker of English language?
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(Noticeable / Considerable / Eye-catching) progress

I am looking for an English fixed collocation for a kind of progress which is so significant and outstanding that is distinct compared to other achievements. I am well aware that there are so many ...
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"Pack" vs "Bunch"

I know that "pack" is reserved for some socially unacceptable stuff like theft etc. Also, a bunch is a group of things that are connected 'a bunch of grapes'. A pack is a group of things ...
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(Hard / difficult / tough) (choice / decision)

Let's say one is in a dilemma i.e. a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives: I was wondering which collocation is not a fixed one in natural and ...
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Can I use this collocation reagrding a new product (Business English)?

Can I say: We are going to build a wide reach for this product. I'm not sure if the word build collocates with reach. This is supposed to mean that the marketing dept will work to reach as many ...
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He feels in a position to lend her money

Is that sentence idiomatic or it's possible to say it more natural? He feels in a position to lend her money.
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Is this a common scolding expression "Your night is dark, just wait for me till we back home."

I was watching a video about scolding in English and one of the expressions the instructor in the video said was this: Your night is dark, just wait for me till we back home. This sentence makes ...
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crush + direct object + resultative adjective

I'd like to know whether the verb crush can take a direct object and a resultative adjective. Is the following correct? The rock crushed the driver dead/flat.
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Is decent amount a correct collocation?

In the following sentence, is "decent amount of money" a sensible and correct collocation? I have always dreamed of earning a decent amount of money to live my livelihood. Is it wordy to ...
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"Restore justice"

Do you use "restore justice"? For example, "Dissection is performed to determine the cause of death as well as to restore justice and is therefore for the benefit of the deceased."
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Products ''oriented towards'' or ''aimed at''?

If I describe my business, can I say the following: Our products have always been oriented towards downmarket segment? Our products have always been aimed at downmarket segment? Is the first one ...
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"hold a police sting"?

Did they ever hold a police sting in this establishment? I am not sure if I am correct, but "hold" doesn't seem to be the correct word or the most appropriate word to use. It seems passable,...

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