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    give up school/university

    Hello,

    I'm wondering if the verb 'give up' collocates with 'school' and 'university'. I got few google hits, which makes me think it's not a common collocation

    Thank you.

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    Re: give up school/university

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm wondering if the verb 'give up' collocates with 'school' and 'university'. I got few google hits, which makes me think it's not a common collocation

    Thank you.
    Hi, Verona.

    I get 21 900 000 hits when I google "give up school" (with the quotation marks). Do you get less?

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    Re: give up school/university

    Hi, Birdeen.
    I ran through the results and found out there were few hits with the word combination. There were 'give up studies' and 'give up on school' and other variations. Besides, my collocations dictionary doesn't list it. I used the expression the other day; now I'm wondering if it was natural.

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    #4

    Re: give up school/university

    When you use quotes, all results returned contain the exact phrase. I got 23 million.

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    #5

    Re: give up school/university

    Join the club, I get 21 900 000 matches of 'give up school'. You should trust it (even if all 22 millions don't speak correctly, which is hardly believed in, they will understand you at ease).

    Yours sincerely, Alex.

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    #6

    Re: give up school/university

    I am not a fan of google for making judgements on the acceptability of language. I have just got 160 million hits for I ain't done nothing.

    I am happy to rely on my own judgement with give up school/university. They are fine.

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    #7

    Re: give up school/university

    That means it's acceptable to a specific linguistic community. You can't do anything about that.

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