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

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“Nervous” vs. “anxious”

Are these words interchangeable? When would you use one over the other? For example, is it correct to say you "feel nervous" or "feel anxious"? Is it correct to say you are an "anxious person" or a ...
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difference between verb-adverb collocations and verb+adverb [on hold]

I have this question. How do you distinguish verb+adverb collocations from V and adverb, or V + adverbial phrase? please answer to my email.
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Adjectives that describe the language used in a literary text

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 ...
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demanded by or demanded for

I doubt about the correct preposition here. Which sentence should I use if it is the engineers themselves who are clamouring for the equipment? This instrument is highly demanded for engineers ...
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“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"?
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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 ...
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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?
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“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?
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prepositions - “increase of” vs “increase in”

Which one is correct or if both are correct, is there any difference? The change is a 10 percent increase of tuition The change is a 10 percent increase in tuition
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“Starting with” vs. “starting from”

I would like to ask about the difference between the two phrases starting with and starting from. Take the following two sentences for example: Please give me all the names starting with A. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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".
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What's the difference between “speak” and “talk”, grammatically speaking?

There are a number of questions e.g. What is the difference between “speaking” and “talking”? and “Speak to” vs. “Speak with” that deal with the slightly different connotations of the words "speak" ...
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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 ...
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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?
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“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?
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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 ...
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“Prefer … to” vs. “prefer … rather than”

Can we use "prefer" and "rather than" together? E.g., I prefer walking rather than driving.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“Take a degree” or “do a degree”

In university I learned that we say to do a degree in X but I saw many other sources where it says to take a degree in X. Which is correct? Is there a regional difference?
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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, ...
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“The later part of the 20th century” vs. “the latter part of the 20th century”

For the sentence fragment: "...during the later part of the 20th century" using "latter" sounds better to me: "...during the latter part of the 20th century" But most websites I find have ...
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“Large amount of calories” vs. “high amount of calories”

Is it more typical to say that there are a large amount of calories or a high amount of calories? For example: Chocolate cake contains a high/large amount of calories.
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Is there a difference between “depressive” and “depressing”?

Is news depressing or depressive? In what situations would you use these two words? According to dicionary.com: depressive - tending to depress depressing - serving to depress; inducing a ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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Is “release stress” acceptable in English?

Would it be correct English to say "release stress", for example: "If you do not find a way to release stress, you will get tired, you may even fall ill." Is "release stress" an acceptable ...
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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?
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“Excel at something” vs. “excel in something”

I've come across a question while writing an exam Roger really excelled ___ sports A) at B) on C) in D) for My first thought was 'in', later I remembered using 'at' also. I've ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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the meaning and use of “no more than”

I 'm always confused about the meaning and use of "no more than " or "no more...than ". It's like the comparatives, but sometimes also like collocation. How should I distinguish it? For example, in ...
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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 ...
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Why do you “cut” a check?

It's not the end of the deal, right? It's not just you cut a check and you walk away. In this sentence, why does one say "cut" a check? How and when did this comes to be? Is it a popular idiom ...
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“Prices of” vs “prices for”

I came across two different sentences, from The Wall Street Journal, both containing the word "prices" but with different prepositions, "of" and "for". Here are the two sentences. Audi Cuts ...
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Proper verb to use with “test”

Assume that somebody has created a test/quiz like this one. Has he developed the test? put it together? wrote it? something else? What verb would you use?
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“Further established in” vs. “further established by”

Are both these usages correct, and if so, is one preferred? ... and was further established in follow-up studies (e.g., Doe et al., 2013). ... and was further established by follow-up studies ...
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“Pain to” vs. “pain in”

Is it correct to say: He couldn't stand for long because of pain to his leg. or should it be: He couldn't stand for long because of pain in his leg. or are both acceptable, or is neither?
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“Feasible”, “possible” or “potential” solution

I am trying to understand the difference, if any, between feasible, possible and potential. Most online dictionaries report them as synonyms. Is this right? More specifically, I want to use these ...
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Does the word “situation” collocate with the word “main”? [closed]

Is it right to say "the main situation"? I associate "main" with "problem".
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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 ...
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Collocations of “Uncertainty”

I'm trying to find the right preposition to go after "uncertainty", as in statistical uncertainties. I'm guessing that it might be "the uncertainty on the prognosis", but I'm not sure. Can anybody ...
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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 ...