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Are there any techniques or web-tools to find the best words to fit your sentence?

For example, I want to find the best verb/phrase to say

reply with a positive feedback

the result would be:

give positive feedback


So far I have been using google search operators, like this:

* positive feedback

OR

~reply positive feedback

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    Yes. It's called English Language Learners -- it calls for a bit of hard work though. Good Luck. – Kris May 14 '14 at 11:33
  • There can be no automatic tool for this. You will need actual humans. And yes, anyone can become one such human, but as with everything in life, it takes dedication and time. The only technique here is, stop writing and start reading. Practice that technique many times a day for many years on end. You will know when you've practiced enough. But until then, practice. – RegDwigнt May 14 '14 at 12:08
  • Make a diary/notebook and start recording words or phrases that catch your interest for whatever reason :D – Invoker May 14 '14 at 12:57
  • So far I have been using google search operators, like this: * positive feedback OR ~reply positive feedback – Jess Stone May 14 '14 at 13:24
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Try this online dictionary of collocations.

(Wikipedia defines a collocation as "a sequence of words or terms which co-occur more often than would be expected by chance".)

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