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Where can I find a dictionary that contains words along with their commonly accepted "neighbors"?

I had one, but it's not for English language. The structure of this dictionary is the following. Take a noun in this dictionary. Along with its brief definition, the dictionary shows what adjectives, verbs, and other parts of speech are appropriate to use with this noun.

E.g., a "day." Possible adjectives: "sunny," "long," "bad," etc. Verbs: "spend," "waste," etc. And so forth for many instances. Quite a handy thing for writing.

What English dictionaries offer similar capacities?

PS: It's not about simple collocations or corpuses and ngrams that don't differentiate parts of speech, like Corpus Concordance English. It's important to have this part-of-speech distinction.

UPDATE:

Brief list of dictionaries from the answers:

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OXFORD COLLOCATIONS DICTIONARY FOR STUDENTS OF ENGLISH In Indian English one can see such mistakes as 'I did a mistake when I wrote the letter'. It is because they do not know that did does not collocate with mistake and that the word which collocates with mistake is made. Always say make a mistake, not do a mistake. It is also correct if you use commit a mistake. Such mistakes can be avoided if you have a copy of OXFORD COLLOCATIONS DICTIONARY FOR STUDENTS OF ENGLISH at your elbow. I assure you that it is an excellent dictionary. It may be available all over the world.

  • I think it's a great tool indeed. Personally, I check wrong collocations at Google News/Books with relevant filters, like this one. Oxford Collocations Dictionary is definitely one of the options, as I now see. Maybe others will suggest more dictionaries like this. – Anton Tarasenko Sep 13 '13 at 7:46
  • In the event anyone can't find, or can't afford a paper resource like that, they could always turn to Google Books and search for "made a mistake". Then compare the 30 million results from that search term with 170 thousand for "committed a mistake", and a mere 4540 for "did a mistake". Save your money and save trees! Use online resources! – FumbleFingers Oct 28 '13 at 3:30
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MacMillan Collocations Dictionary can also be used for the very same purpose. However, a learner may find what Mr Abootty suggested to be more useful.

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