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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Sins are made/done?

I'm trying to find a right word to use. Are sins made or done, maybe created? I know that I can say: 'he sinned' but i want to have the noun. He (made) a sin when he killed that woman. Please help.
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Can I use 'with' with 'help'?

Can I use with with help? For example: What does your sister always help you with? Is it correct? (my English teacher said it was wrong)
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“The largest crime” or “The biggest crime”

English is not my first language, so sorry about my grammar. My question is which phrase is more proper? Theft is the largest crime in America. or Theft is the biggest crime in America....
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Collocations for “level” to describe the seriousness of something

Consider: These days, Tehran's air pollution is at a risk level. What are different levels of the seriousness of something? For example can we say "warning level"?
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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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can slightly and too come together?

The hydrogen adsorption free energy on sulfided Mo edges for MoS2 (ΔGGH = 80 meV) is slightly too weak. is the phrase "slightly too weak" ok here? "Slightly" means 'to a small degree" while "too" ...
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Follow/do/etc a plan?

When you want to say do as you already planned or make a plan happen, do you say do the plan, follow the plan, etc? I'm not sure what verb to use before plan to make that meaning. I think Follow the ...
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What is the difference between “make a case for” and “present the case for”

What is the difference between "make a case for" and "present the case for"? In Chapter 33 English Collocations in Use Intermediate, the author give each collocation an example(but doesn't explain its ...
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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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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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To help in/on these topics - offer help in/on these topics

I wonder which preposition goes best with help in these phrases: ... people who ** could help **: in these topics on these topics ... people who ** could offer help** in these topics on these ...
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A verb for “assignment”

I wrote: These are a sequence of assignments to the context variables. They are (performed/done/executed/applied/...) when the conditions are met. Which of the verbs above is appropriate? ...
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“sue for + verb” or “sue + to + verb”?

… who with Mississippi's attorney general Mike Moore are suing Big Tobacco to reimburse the state for Medicaid funds used to treat people with smoking-related illnesses. (Source) We always say: s/he ...
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More Difficult Yet [duplicate]

I have a question about a particular sense of the adverbs "still" and "yet": to a greater extent or degree Most dictionaries has the entry above for both "still" and "yet". So, the following ...
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Can somebody ask this way: What's the story called?

My daughter was practicing writing sentences from some stories. When I read the sentence below and wondered about sliding into place, she shrugged her shoulders. Everyone slid into place I then ...
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Can we use “have” with “class” in this sense?

I know we can use "have" with "class" like: I have a class tomorrow morning. But can I use it like: This is not an appropriate room to have a class in it.
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Take a bike or ride a bike

I've heard phrases like take a taxi/bus. I wonder if it's also common to say take a bike. For example: I take a bike to school. rather than I ride a bike to school.
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on/in a dirt road

Which preposition is correct in each of the sentences of dirt road? The grass grows on/in the dirt road. There is a little bush in/on that dirt road.
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Face A Common Enemy

I have question about the usage of "in". According to definition 22 of this dictionary for "in" , "in" could be used like these sentences: You have a very good friend in Pat. In Dwight ...
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Collocation: “Teaching work” or “Teaching profession”

The exercise below is from my English exercise book: Choose the one word or phrase - a, b, c or d - that best completes the sentence She is interested in teaching ___ because she loves ...
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Do open/visit + link collocate?

I looked up in Longman's and Oxford's collocation dictionaries for the following words but did not find any open + link visit + link Are they not common enough to be recognized or are they unnatural ...
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Threats Against/At/Toward

I have a question about the preposition to use with "threat": He made threats against her. He made threats at her. He made threats toward her. Should it be "against", "at", or "...
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What is the difference between “I can go swimming” and “I can swim”?

What is the difference between "I can go swimming" and "I can swim"? Are they the same?
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I have a doubt v. I'm in doubt

I would like to check if my idea is correct. It sounds to me as if the first is when one has a question to be asked, while the second means the person is not sure. Here are two cases: In a classroom ...
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Meaning of “it will not do to risk a fainting fit.”

Below is a passage from Jane Eyre: ‘You don’t turn sick at the sight of blood?’ ‘I think I shall not: I have never been tried yet.’ I felt a thrill while I answered him; but no coldness,...
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Is there any collocation?

Every day Kino went out to sea to look for the pearl. In this sentence, is there any collocation? Thanks in advance.
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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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What does “ assuming responsibility ” mean?

I think you assume responsibility when you think someone who is on-duty does not behave in responsible way so you do the job without authorization. Are they used also in the following senses? 1....
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by/on/from their legs/toes/feet

what is the right collocation? Monkeys hang down the tree from/by/on their feet/legs/toes. If more than one collocation is possible in this sentence please point it out. Thanks
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Change, swap, exchange books

I'm asking this because I feel insecure using some sentences. I've heard English teachers (though non-native) say 'change seats' to imply 'swap places'. My question: are all these sentences right? ...
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at/in/on summer break

You know there are some breaks when students don't go to school for a while like Thanksgiving break, summer break, spring break, winter break, etc. My questions are what preposition is used before ...
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Is “the usual thing” acceptable?

Is the collocation "the usual thing" correct? "I saw his wide scared eyes darkening as he saw me. “The usual thing” I thought. People did not expect a young woman be able to rescue someone in war."
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The use of “contact someone with something”

With these facts, Katia figures out that her dad would be living in a country which has a warm climate where orchids can grow, has Tamil as one of its official languages and where advanced medical ...
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Difference between 'sympathy for' and 'sympathy at'

What is the difference between 'sympathy for' and 'sympathy at' in the following sentences: I felt a great deal of sympathy for his difficult position. She expressed her sympathy at our loss. ...
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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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Take a liking to sb/sth [usage]

I have some troubles with using this collocation. The main issue is where I should use take a liking to and where just like. For example: He took an immidiate liking to Anna. Why don't we use ...
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Cut off with indirect object

As far as I understand, when a line of communication or supply is interrupted, it can be said like this: They cut off electricity yesterday. Is it correct? At least Google shows this collocation ...
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Understanding take an interest in collocation

I'm trying to understand the exact meaning and usage of take an interest in. There are several examples of the collocation in various dictionaries: #1 #2 What is the most common circumstances in ...
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At / on / with / in a discounted price

I want to know if these sentences are correct: 1) Our school will order stationery for students at a discounted price. 2) You may purchase the books from our company’s designated book store with a ...
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Collocation: “teach IN <subject matter>”?

I would like to know if to teach "in" is a valid collocation, as in: I teach in Computer Science at various Universities.
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to be present in any field or sphere. context

Variety is present also in the fild of/ at / in sphere of touching experiences, that are rough, hard, smooth and soft, and these combinations give an extra dimension to the collection. What use ...
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Can slaves be “unloaded” in a coast?

I have a problem with collocations. I need to say "Slaves were unloaded on these coasts", but I don't know if "unload" is the correct word for "slaves". Moreover, I'm not sure about the preposition. ...
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'Meet Friends' and 'See friends'

Is there any subtle difference or do they mean exactly the same? I am going to meet friends. I am going to see friends.
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Is it possible to say “I did … metres in the long jump”?

I've been searching websites looking for an informal way to talk about one's results in such events as long/high jump, 100 metres if one is not a professional athlete but e.g. took part in the school ...
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Can I use multiple complements for a verb [duplicate]

I wrote: We implemented the proposed system as a visual tool. It is a Windows application using an embedded web browser to render the web page to provide the user with the visual identification of ...
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Is there any difference between “his role in X” and “his part in X”?

Is there any difference between below pair sentences ? He was suspended for his role in a sordid affair. He was suspended for his part in a sordid affair. It has a key role in X process. ...
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May I use “parted with his life” for “died”?

Can the phrase to part with one's life be used figuratively as a synonym to the verb to die? John didn't care about his health and parted with his life in his early 30's.
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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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May I call greetings between people who don't know each other well an “exchange of politeness”?

What can I call a situation when people don't know each other well, but just say hello to each other our of courtesy, so to speak? Can it be called exchange of politeness by analogy with exchange ...
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Help with Collocation #2: “time for caution” vs. “caution time”

This is to break my original question into three parts. I really need your help with this. I get extremely frustrated when I don’t know how to know the right use of these cases. Please extend your ...