Discovering English with Sketch Engine
Some language questions explored in DESKE
Can you say handsome woman in English?
Do marriages break up or down?
How is friend used as a verb?
Which two syllable adjectives form their comparatives with more?
Do men say sorry more than women?
I’ve come across boldly go a few times and wonder if it is more than a collocation.
It would be reasonable to expect the words that follow positively to be positive, would it not?
Is there anything systematic about the uses of little and small?
What are some adjectives suitable for giving feedback to students?
About phrases and chunks
Does at all reinforce both positive and negative things?
What are those phrase with last … least; believe … ears; lead … horse?
How do the structures of to photograph differ from take a photo(graph), guess with make a guess, smile with give a smile?
Which –ing forms follow verbs like like?
How do sentences start with Given?
Who or whom?
Which adverbs are used with the present perfect continuous?
Do the subject and verb typically change places in indirect questions?
How new and how frequent is the question tag, innit?
Are both though and although used to start sentences? Equally?
How much information typically appears in brackets?
Does English permit numbers at the beginning of sentences?
Is it really true that academic prose prefers the passive?
In Pride and Prejudice, are the Darcies ever referred to with their first names?