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interactive language learning
Learning Academic Words and Collocations
About this collection

There are many definitions of collocation. We think of collocations in the same way as expressed by Benson et al.: "In any language, certain words combine with certain other words or grammatical constructions. These recurrent, semi-fixed combinations, or collocations, can be divided into two groups: grammatical collocations and lexical collocations."

Enter this collection to search for the company words keep.


  • The Wikipedia Miner Toolkit, based on artificial intelligence designs, for searching across the corpora and presenting collocations in a user-friendly interface.
  • The Cherry Basket for saving collocations from across the corpora using the Cherry Picking function, and where collocations can be stored for re-use and printed or saved as export files.
  • Game-based activities for playing with collocations and advancing your English proficiency.

Reference: Benson, M. Benson, E., Ilsen, R.F. (1986). The BBI combinatory dictionary of English: A guide to word combinations. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.