Monco the web news monitor corpus (which means it is continuously updated) has a tremendous collocation feature. I first saw a reference to the collocation feature from a tweet by Diane Nicholls @lexicoloco but when I tried it the server was acting up. I was reminded to try again by a tweet from Dr. Michael Riccioli
@curvedway, whoa it is impressive.
For example let’s see what are the collocates of the famous make and do verbs.
For make here is screenshot of search settings for collocation (to get to collocation function look under tools menu from main Monco page). Note I am looking for nouns that come after the verb make. Also the double asterisk is a short cut to look for all forms of make (try it without the asterisks and see what you get).
I get as results for the top 10 collocates (for all forms of make) the following:
Interesting collocations include make sense, make way, make debut. The results can show you at a glance the types of constructions involved:
Or you can open another window for more details:
The top 10 collocates for do are:
Interesting collocates here are do thing, do anything, do something, do nothing makes a change from do shopping, cooking etc : )
Thanks for reading.