Collocation refers to the appearance or occurrence of groups or pairs of words, particularly when more frequent than random chance would suggest.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

2
votes
4answers
49 views

Can someone be “chosen voluntarily”? Does it make sense to you?

"The students were chosen voluntarily for the study". I saw this phrase in an article and it made me wonder. The author clearly means that the students voluntarily participated in the study, but has ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

achieve a contract vs win a contract

I am wondering if my understanding of these two phrases is correct. Could you confirm this? make a contract = create a contract achieve a contract = win a contract Thank you.
0
votes
0answers
24 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
68 views

Should I seek employment 'from' a company or 'at' a company?

I'm having a hard time distinguishing between the two words. I'm unsure of seeking employment "from" or seeking employment "at" a company. The particular sentence I have in mind is this "[some ...
19
votes
3answers
4k views

Why is it “ladies and gentlemen” instead of “gentlemen and ladies”? [duplicate]

Is there a specific reason for this? After all, it is "boys and girls", rather than "girls and boys". If the boy (male) comes first here, why doesn't it come first in "ladies and gentlemen"?
1
vote
1answer
62 views

Using “some” to describe units of time

"some minutes, some years, some seconds" are grammatically incorrect. But "a few minutes, a few years, a few seconds" works. I'm trying to teach a non-native speaker this nuance but "it just sounds ...
0
votes
1answer
20 views

Can I use 'better beauty'? [closed]

By 'better beauty' I mean sth like cruelty free beauty, 'way to a better beauty'. I want to use it in the name for some kind of blog. English is my second language, but I don't know whether it sounds ...
1
vote
1answer
25 views

“bear witness for ” VS “bear witness to”?

Is there any difference between "bear witness for Lord Jesus" and "bear witness to Lord Jesus"? These two expressions can be found on the Internet ; they look familiar, but I'm not sure whether they ...
3
votes
1answer
58 views

“The lack of consensus impedes the process of necessary enhancements” [closed]

America's infrastructure is crumbling, and a lack of consensus in the government impedes the process of necessary enhancements that should be carried out nationwide. I'm not too sure about the ...
0
votes
1answer
59 views

“Quest of providing” vs. “quest for providing” [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct and why? In our quest of providing unparalleled value to our customers. In our quest for providing unparalleled value to our customers. I understand that the ...
1
vote
3answers
89 views

forget or forget about?

Apart from the difference between forget it and forget about it, what do you forget and what do you forget about? Do you forget a face, someone's birthday or your date who is waiting for you? Do ...
2
votes
4answers
84 views

Why do adjectives such as; ‘proud’, ‘aware’, ‘capable’, and ‘afraid’ collocate with the preposition 'OF'? [closed]

The preposition of is used in all the following: be proud of; be aware of; be afraid of; be fond of; be capable of; be jealous of; be envious of, etc. I know it might sound ridiculous, but I have ...
3
votes
1answer
82 views

To light a cigarette

I've heard "to light a cigarette" being used a couple of times, but I am still in doubt about two things: Is this common both in American English and British English? Are there other ways to say it ...
5
votes
2answers
76 views

Is 'external' in 'external appearance' redundant when talking about a person's looks?

Recently, I came across an essay titled "should we judge people by their external appearance?" The title made me think whether or not 'external' is redundant in this sentence. Oxford Collocations ...
-1
votes
3answers
97 views

Adjectives that describe the language used in a literary text [closed]

In order to analyse a poem, I often need to comment on the diction used. So far, I've been using words, such as colloquial, everyday,simple. Could you provide some adjectives that describe the ...
0
votes
1answer
81 views

“Feel bad about someone” versus “feel bad for someone”

Does the sentence "I feel bad about you" have the same meaning as "I feel bad for you"?
3
votes
3answers
41 views

How to say I have played the main story of a game?

I just played a game from the start to the end of main story, there are many other challenges in the game left untouched, so I think I can't say 'game completed', can I? I know the following possible ...
1
vote
2answers
49 views

Is it acceptable to modify “bonus” with “positive”

Before I jump to my question, a short note about cloze tests from Wikipedia A cloze test (also cloze deletion test) is an exercise, test, or assessment consisting of a portion of text with certain ...
2
votes
2answers
43 views

“Guide for” or “guide of” [closed]

I am struggling with the correct preposition going after guide. Which sentence is correct? "that dog served as a guide for blind people" or "that dog served as a guide of blind people".
0
votes
2answers
79 views

Does the verb 'to provide' collocate with the word 'feature'?

In a computer science report, is it correct to say the following sentence: A certain package provides multiple features. In other words, does the verb to provide collocate with the word feature? ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

How to congratulate regarding an event [duplicate]

I wanted to simply say congratulations to my friend for his university graduation. But I was kind of stuck for choosing the correct terms. Congratulations on your graduation or Congratulations for ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

In the adjective+preposition collocation, can any other word occur in between them?

I am hungry for breakfast is an example of such collocation while I have lived by the bay area isn't because it has a slightly different grammatical pattern. My question is whether there ...
0
votes
1answer
163 views

What's the difference between 'once' and 'one day'? [closed]

I've just come across these two phrases: "A friend told me one day that he was..." "A friend once told me that he was..." What are the differences between those two phrases in terms of meaning? And ...
0
votes
2answers
153 views

“Satisfied with” vs. “satisfied by” vs. “satisfied in”

He was satisfied with his test result. He was satisfied by his test result. He ws satisfied in his test result. Is there any difference between these?
-1
votes
1answer
93 views

“Prefer … to” vs. “prefer … rather than”

Can we use "prefer" and "rather than" together? E.g., I prefer walking rather than driving.
1
vote
1answer
25 views

Business English: contracted forum?

I would like to know your opinions regarding the use of the term "contracted forum". The context is a long-term project for which steering committee meetings are being conducted. At one time, the ...
1
vote
3answers
50 views

A collocation meaning “one has anger”

In the sentence "[...] once anger prevails our consciousness we should immediately distract ourselves to avoid its subsequent effects.", I have directly translated from Turkish, but I was told that ...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

Difference between Collocational Dictionary and Idiomatic Dictionary and Expressions Dictionary

I am happen to be a hard seeker of different expressions and/or word combinations meanings. so I came across collocation dictionary and idiomatic and expressions dictionaries. is there a difference ...
1
vote
1answer
444 views

Difference between “in” and “of” when used with the complement 'the department'

I used the following two expressions: in: students in the department of: students of the department What is the difference, if any, between them?
0
votes
0answers
23 views

Can I use “this project stretches the ambition of…”

As non-native English user, I am writing an academic research article. I would like to know if we can use "this project stretches the ambition of xxx theory which addresses the issue of..." if no, ...
0
votes
0answers
40 views

Can you maintain a consideration?

More than 1 person has stumbled on this line in a draft report here: "...such that the considerations outlined in Section 1.2 are maintained" Can you maintain a consideration? Yes, the ...
3
votes
4answers
1k views

“low educated”? “poorly educated”? Other

Sample sentence: "In contrast, low educated women who are employed in low-fertility countries are more likely to decide against second childbirth than those who are not employed." That sounds ...
0
votes
2answers
40 views

Does “stalemate” collocate with “cause” and “issue”?

Does the following sentence sound right, as far as style is concerned? "His behaviour will cause a stalemate in this issue" Please don`t hesitate and suggest any better-sounding collocations, if you ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

What “degrees” of consideration are there? [closed]

I am seriously considering taking English lessons Are there other degrees of consideration that are a little less serious?
-1
votes
3answers
66 views

A word that collocates with “electronic”

First of all, I am not a native English speaker and I'm completely new here, so please forgive me if I have posted the question in a wrong category or anything. I am trying to write my Statement of ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

The meaning and use of “no more than”

I'm always confused about the meaning and use of no more than versus no more ____ than. They're sometimes like comparatives, but sometimes also like collocation. How should I distinguish ...
1
vote
2answers
118 views

Lexical collocation of “former”

Imagine that you are the president of a company, and there was another person playing the same role before you. How should I describe the former president using the expression like "He was the ...
1
vote
3answers
968 views

Is the sentence “I want to take a rest” wrong?

I heard that we should use "I want to rest" instead of "I want to take a rest." I also heard that "I want to take a rest" is not a sentence a native speaker would use. Is that correct? Should we ...
-1
votes
1answer
164 views

“Rise in” vs. “rise of”

What’s the difference between "rise in" and "rise of"? Specifically, I am looking at the sentence: The rise __ juvenile crime is attributed to three factors. Which preposition should I choose?
2
votes
2answers
256 views

What is the exact definition of “set off” in the expression “set off by (a pair of) commas?”

It seems to me that in English usage "set off" is almost irreplaceable in the collocation I refer to in the question and in similar phrases, e.g., "comma(s) set(s) off (this or that)." As if everyone ...
4
votes
3answers
375 views

The train commenced its journey - Is it bad word choice?

Commence means -begin,start. The train commenced its journey... Is the usage of commence flawed? What is the most striking difference between the three forms: Commence,start, and begin?
0
votes
2answers
79 views

Does the word “situation” collocate with the word “main”? [closed]

Is it right to say "the main situation"? I associate "main" with "problem".
0
votes
2answers
822 views

hit/meet a deadline

I've just heard: I have to make sure we hit the deadlines. There's a lot of emphasis on circulation figures this days... I know we say "meet a deadline" when something is finished by the date it was ...
0
votes
1answer
80 views

Is my usage of the term “context” and its related verbs in this context meaningful? [closed]

In speech and writing, the meaning of context is: 1.1 The parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning: HTML or XML codes ...
-3
votes
1answer
188 views

Why do we say that accidents/housefires “take place” ? [closed]

Accident Took Place At Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant. Take place : You say that an event takes place. The wedding took place on the stage of the Sydney Opera House. Elections will take place in ...
1
vote
1answer
118 views

Do we plan a strategy?

Is it grammatically correct to say : "He planned a strategy".
1
vote
1answer
608 views

Is “fly like a bird” an example of collocation? [closed]

Is the simile phrase: flying like a bird an example of collocation, with the close ‘expected’ relationship between flying and bird?
3
votes
3answers
449 views

Meaning of “rendition” in the phrase “rendition camp”

In the movie series XIII the main character was imprisoned in something they called "a rendition camp in Romania". In the movie it looked just like a prison. He was put there on the order of NSA or ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Are prior, previous, and preceding interchangeable?

If I have four moments in time (A, B, C, D), where moment D is the present, would previous, preceding, and prior be interchangeable as adjectives to refer to moments A-C? Is one of them more likely to ...
2
votes
1answer
254 views

Can circumstances arise?

Is it correct to say: At the time, circumstances arose such that I had to leave the city. in the meaning that situation got such that the speaker could not stay in the city anymore? ...