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Grammatical Collocations of Verbs and Prepositions

Marianna Hudcovičová

This book presents empirical research of grammatical collocations of the type: verb and the prepositions «of» and «to». It is based on comparisons of English and Czech sentences containing verbs and prepositions that are followed by the object. The author creates English–Czech verbal prepositional counterparts and groups on the grounds of the similar semantic, syntactic features. She identifies the features that are the same for each verb group and generalizes them. The book determines trends and tendencies for verbs when they collocate with a certain preposition.

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10. Application into Practice


During the research I worked with electronic databases and different types of dictionaries: small, medium and large. Each type of dictionary should fulfill its purpose and have its target readers or users.

Small dictionaries are created for students starting to study English and who need to know basic meaning of the words. These dictionaries contain the entry of the type: word for word translation either without examples or with short ones, not sentences. They are usually bilingual.

Medium-size dictionaries are used by students of intermediate and mediate levels of English. They know basic terminology and want to broaden their vocabulary using synonyms, words with a more specific meaning, be able to describe a situation or experience in detail, etc. This type of dictionary contains phonetic transcription, verbal structures, grammatical collocations, and examples in sentences.

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