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 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 ...
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What does “lament their teenagers’ noses” mean?

“Parents lament their teenagers’ noses constantly in their phones.” Could you help me with the understanding of the "lament their teenagers' noses" in this sentence? I am confused about it.
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collocation: perform / expand its purchase of

Can the verbs "expand" and "perform" be used in the following? The company decided to perform / expand its purchase of real estate in Japan. I'd appreciate your help.
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Why is there no preposition in the phrase “told a news conference”?

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told a news conference in the city of Redding at the edge of the blaze on Sunday that one more person had died in a residence consumed by fire, bringing the total to ...
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Go exercise/going for exercise/do some exercises

Let's say you get to advice a teenager on how to integrate healthy lifestyle and somehow to outshine her peers. And you say: You may outclass other girls by exerting extra effort if you go ...
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Can a prize “increase”?

I have a mobile app that runs tournaments with cash prizes. I want to add a sentence which I'm not sure it's correct grammatically: The prize increases every time one of your friends join. Can a ...
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The ground is going to fall apart/crumble

Let's say a heavy rain is going on: The torrential downpour has loud-banging sound because of thunder that is so intense the air waves from it seem to slam the ground, like it is going to fall ...
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Can I use word “shift” with curtain?

How your room would light up if you won't shift the curtains aside and let the sunshine come in. Is the word shift correct when used about curtains in this context?
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collocation - write a diary?

Is "write a diary" natural English? Many teachers say it is incorrect, but the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English online gives the following collocation: keep/write a diary (=write ...
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hamper someone to V?

Can "hamper" be used in the format "hamper somebody to [verb]," as in the following? The stock market crash hampered the company to expand into the German market. I'd appreciate your help.
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Come around vs come here

To me it seems like come around mean come anywhere near to me in any direction, that is behind me, right in front of me, sideways etc. On the other hand, come here seems to imply to come at a specific ...
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When someone says “do a mistake” instead of “make a mistake” how does the listener interpret such a phrase?

I was trying to understand the difference between saying "I'm making a mistake" instead of "I'm doing a mistake", or "I make mistakes" instead of "I do mistakes" etc... I'm aware of the difference ...
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To perform/have/make/do Wudu (do vs make)

In a nutshell, Wudu is a ritual performed by Muslims before they pray; ablution. You wash some body parts with water and you say some religious, short word-prayers in the process. The order of washing ...
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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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have on outdoor clothes/outerwear

Let's say you are currently wearing clothes only appropriate for indoor or should I say ''only good when your at home clothes'', and then your mother has asked you to: have on outdoor clothes or ...
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Staged a protest vs staged a protest rally?

Let's say, you read an article a few minutes ago... and it indicated: ''Members of different militant groups in XXX City staged a protest rally on Wednesday to express their support for the ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically sound?

sentence: Everyone, everywhere would be caught in the deluge of the tsunami of shit that we let rage rampant. Something about the last three words feels off.
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Is “How did your job go?” grammatically correct?

And if it is correct, can someone explain to me the grammar. Like, is it present continuous or something (grammar isn't my strong suit).
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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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What does collocation “hands down” mean? [closed]

Ussually people use it in the end of the sentence, i think it means somethink like "i admire it" or "i agree with that" but still not sure.
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Can a person hit home?

I watched a movie with a couple of charaters and I couldn't really relate to any of them, except for one, because I felt such people with this type of personality can't exist; they are just too ...
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Do you wash windows, or clean them, or both?

my main question is what is the correct verb to precede the noun "windows" to indicate removal of dirt, etc. The reason I ask is that despite being an English teacher I'm also Dutch, and sometimes I ...
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who do you recommend

What's the difference in meaning between the two alternatives of A's question? A: Who do you recommend to fill in for John when he's on leave? / Who would you recommend as a fill-in when John's on ...
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What is the difference of these forms?

I have seen many forms of these forms and confused about them. Do they have a same meaning? When we should use a specific form? “oil production” “the oil production” and “the production of oil” and ...
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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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Do native speakers use the collocation of “ in result of” or “in the result of”?

When I am looking some academic papers, there are some sentences like: "In result of the Fukushima accident, a large-scale diffusion of radioactivity took place. " "In the result of these operations,...
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Is it correct to say “pastime activities”

When I looked up the word pastime, it is defined as "an activity for pleasure" by Cambridge Dictionaries. Therefore, it already include a meaning of "activity." Besides that, Longman Dictionaries ...
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Is 'Our mother add vegetables to the food because they are good for us' grammatically correct?

Do native speakers speak like this? Our mother adds vegetables to the food because they're good for us. Is it ok to put 'the' before food?
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Take up a sport

I have come across a collocation dictionary from oxford(actually surfing the site at the moment) and they exemplify this collocation: I need to take up a sport to get fit. Does do a sport=take up ...
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“I'm so sorry about it,” what's wrong?

The following is a conversation from an English textbook (Summit 2A by Joan Saslow and Allen Ascher; Pearson Education, 2012) in which a person expresses regret about breaking his friend's camera. ...
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‘hope of sth.‘ or ‘hope for sth.’

Here are two examples from a dictionary ( Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner’s Dict) Now that he has become president, many people once again have hope for genuine changes in the system. Kevin ...
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Relieves allegiance

Let's say you are in a pact of allegiance to a country. Then, you 'stop' or 'cancelled' it for an unknown reason. 'Your country relieves allegiance to xxx country.' Does this collocate well?
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Handsome tips (if this can be used)

My question is, do you use: The regular customer in a restaurant had given the waiter a handsome tip before he left. Does the bold-letters collocate well?. (Handsome tip=big tip am I right)
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requires the services of

Does the following make sense in a want ad? Our company requires the services of a graphic artist to work in our Tokyo office. Normally we require a person to do something. The sentence doesn't seem ...
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“Floating in” vs. “Floating on”?

I found 100$ floating in the water Why is “in” placed instead of “on” the water. I thing they are on the surface of the water not in. What do you think?
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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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is it “in the face of” or “at the face of”

I am particularly interested in the following example: This theory has its most dedicated supporter in the face of Michael. This theory has its most dedicated supporter at the face of Michael....
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reference of object of “graduate from”

Can the object of "graduate from" be "the department of history," for example? Does it have to be "university" or "college"? I'd appreciate your help.
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Break the news: different meanings

Is the news necessarily bad or upsetting when someone breaks the news? Can this expression just mean that someone tells somebody something new?
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raise attention?

Is the following use of "raise attention from" natural? How does it differ from "raise the attention of"? The client's unfortunate experience, which has raised attention from our IT experts, points ...
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a voucher for a front row seat?

Does it make sense to say "a voucher for a front row seat," meaning a free ticket for a front row seat at a performance? I'd appreciate your help.
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Conjure up or Appear

I am looking for a word that can be used in the following contexts. Example 1: Person A: I moved to a new house since I began to work at a new company. However, my old house had also a ...
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What is the correct collocation for holding classes as a teacher?

I'm preparing a work experience letter in which I am expected to include my responsibilities in previous companies. In one of the companies I was holding some classes for other staff. But I'm not sure ...