Can you please point me to a good online resource for verb collocations, for American English? Preferably, something with a lot of examples.

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    What kind of verb colocations are you talking about? Phrasal verbs (verbs that go with prepositions after them but those prepositions are not heads of prepositional phrases)?
    – Mitch
    Commented Aug 23, 2017 at 22:21
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    OED is pretty good about listing collocations of verbs. I can't claim it is complete, but often enough it has them, moreso than other dictionaries.
    – Mitch
    Commented Aug 23, 2017 at 22:21
  • @Mitch Sus2020 is asking for an online resource, which heavily suggests that they are looking for free resources. The OED online is ridiculously expensive.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Aug 24, 2017 at 7:42
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    freecollocation.com is a free collocation dictionary
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Aug 24, 2017 at 7:48
  • @Mitch 'phrasal verbs' are colligations (grammatically specified) rather than collocations. Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 14:26
  • @EdwinAshworth Oh. Mari-Lou's suggested website corroborates that (no phrasal verbs given on search, but many collocated true prepositions). As to 'colligation', it is a new word to me, and cursory web searching seems to support that 'collocation' includes 'colligation'. It is not clear to me if 'phrasal verb' is a kind of colligation or not, but is certainly a collocation even if the parts are separated by other terms.
    – Mitch
    Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 15:20
  • @EdwinAshworth It seems to go like this collocation > colligation > phrasal verbs
    – Mitch
    Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 15:26
  • No; collocation and colligation are disjoint features. 'Morning coffee' is a strong collocation whereas 'Morning cocoa' isn't (though it's not ungrammatical). 'The lightning set the woods on fire' uses a colligation whereas 'The rain put the woods off fire' is grammatically unacceptable. Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 15:53

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Does this link help at all? I just downloaded it and it's working well.

Free download Oxford collocations Dictionary


Some more references:

  • OED online At the end of an entry are usually pairs of words starting with the target word.

You get free access to the OED online if you have a public library card number in the US or UK). You may have to access through your public library's website rather than directly through OED's sign-on.

  • Google Book NGrams search If you search for road *_NOUN you'll get a list (and graph of historic frequencies) of all pairs of words that are 'road' followed by a noun (and you can change the obvious pattern to look for others). Note that this only gives you the highest frequency ones.

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