Quick Quiz - Under vs Without

Under versus Without

Collocations are phrases with two or more words that always go together, and can be made in a variety of ways:

  • with prepositions: ‘at first’ ‘on closer inspection’ ‘without doubt’
  • verb + noun: ‘take a break’ ‘see a doctor’
  • adjective + noun: ‘complete support’ ‘a close call’
  • verb + verb: ‘try to relax’ ‘allowed to use’
  • adverb + adjective: 'absolutely fabulous' 'utterly hopeless'

For example, only one preposition collocates with certain words or phrases:

You are, by doubt, the most intelligent person I know.

X

You are, under doubt, the most intelligent person I know.

X

You are, without doubt, the most intelligent person I know.

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