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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.

Part of Speech

This is an abbreviation for the part of speech of the concerned headword and is put in bracket next to headword.

Part of SpeechAbbreviated Form
Phrasal VerbPHR 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 + ADVERBapathetic politically, effective enough
ADJECTIVE + NOUNghastly apparition, eve-of-the-wedding party
ADVERB + ADJECTIVEpneumatically agitated, architecturally creative
ADVERB + ADVERBblisteringly fast, very deliberately
ADVERB + VERBhermetically sealed, intentionally deceive
NOUN + ADJECTIVEbayonet fixed, charges deducted
NOUN + NOUNblack market profiteer, amusement arcade
NOUN + VERBappeal succeeds, day dawns
PHRASEno ifs, ands, or buts; hardening of arteries
PREPOSITIONAL PHRASE as fresh as a daisy; from the Dark Ages
VERB + ADJECTIVElook dazed, render defenseless
VERB + ADVERBhesitate momentarily, creep backwards
VERB + NOUNaccumulate 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.

Short Collocations

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).