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Online dictionary of collocations

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:00 am
by Erik_Kowal
A Wordwizard contributor has alerted me to this searchable online resource for identifying English-language collocations. Its level is described as 'upper-intermediate to advanced', presenting 150,000 collocations for nearly 9000 headwords.

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

Some examples: 'voracious appetite'; 'barefaced lie'; 'utter disbelief'; 'withering stare'; 'grim death'; 'computer software'; 'hollow tube'.

(As is evident in the cases of 'computer software' and 'hollow tube', some collocations are largely or completely tautologous.)

Familiarity with common collocations, including ones that include an element of redundancy, is essential for anyone aspiring to a good command of a given language.

My thanks to Edwin Ashworth for the tip.