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    a few collocations of "core"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    These core beliefs are the lens through which they perceive all of life.

    core beliefs = inner conviction

    Her office is situated in the core of the city.

    core = center

    The staff had a core of experts.

    core team, core group = standing team/ standing group

    core = main body

    The core curriculum movement assumes there is a uniform body of knowledge that all students should know.

    core = main, basic

    These 80 hours represent a person's "core time.”

    core time = in flexible-time work arrangements, period when every employee must be present in his or her office or work station; a period during working hours when workers must be at work even if they are on flextime (concerning Business and Macmillan Dictionaries)

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: a few collocations of "core"

    Your use of core in these examples refers to the meaning as in the earth's core. Right inside.
    We can have core beliefs but we do not say core of the city (city centre is the usual). Core of experts is acceptable but more natural would be group of experts; core curriculum is correct, being that part of the curriculum that is central and essential. Core time? Maybe, but as business usage can mangle our normal usage then anything is possible. Your suggestion seems to fit quite well.

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    Re: a few collocations of "core"

    Also, it may help to think of the origin: Fr. coeur (heart). These are all essentially metaphors.

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    Re: a few collocations of "core"

    I believe that the origin is either Latin cor (heart) or French cor (horn, corn) or corps (body).
    I prefer to think of deep inside.

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    We can have core beliefs but we do not say core of the city (city centre is the usual).
    In America one would probably say "downtown". Although I've read that citizens of Philadelphia use "city center" for some reason.

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    Re: a few collocations of "core"

    It's Center City.

    It's a district of that city, like the Left Bank in Paris or SoHo in NYC.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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