A Headword is a catchword under which a set of related entries appear in the Phrase It Right (typically in descending order of noun, adjective, verb, and adverb). The headword is displayed in green in the results area.
This is an abbreviation for the part of speech of the concerned headword and is put in bracket next to headword.
|Part of Speech||Abbreviated Form|
|Phrasal Verb||PHR VB|
There are several different types of collocation, which are derived from combinations of verb, noun, adjective, adverb etc. Some of the common combinations are as follows:
|ADJECTIVE + ADVERB||apathetic politically, effective enough|
|ADJECTIVE + NOUN||ghastly apparition, eve-of-the-wedding party|
|ADVERB + ADJECTIVE||pneumatically agitated, architecturally creative|
|ADVERB + ADVERB||blisteringly fast, very deliberately|
|ADVERB + VERB||hermetically sealed, intentionally deceive|
|NOUN + ADJECTIVE||bayonet fixed, charges deducted|
|NOUN + NOUN||black market profiteer, amusement arcade|
|NOUN + VERB||appeal succeeds, day dawns|
|PHRASE||no ifs, ands, or buts; hardening of arteries|
|PREPOSITIONAL PHRASE||as fresh as a daisy; from the Dark Ages|
|VERB + ADJECTIVE||look dazed, render defenseless|
|VERB + ADVERB||hesitate momentarily, creep backwards|
|VERB + NOUN||accumulate wisdom, abolish subsidy|
Formula is a combination of the headword plus the part of speech of the associated word in the short collocation. For example, if the formula is ADJ + apparition, it implies that ‘apparition’ is the headword and it is preceded by an adjective.
If the term consists of three or more words, it is typically classified as a phrase.
Terms have been divided into following ten domains:
Academic, Business, Engineering, General, IT, Legal, Medical, Patent, Sciences, Technical
This facilitates finding out the domain in which the term is typically used. As the same term may be used in several domains, this classification may seem arbitrary at times.
In general, two-word terms are referred to as short collocations.
More than two-word terms are referred to as phrases.
Apt terms are shown in blue. The associated Apt Phrases can be checked by hovering the cursor on icon.
Apt Phrases can be used to find a suitable word(s) that can be a substitute for a longer phrase. This is useful when a word is on the tip of your tongue but all you can recall is its general meaning. You can search based on the general meaning (type the general word as the search word).