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    To thrive positevely

    Please explain to me what collocation of thriving positive could mean? Many thanks.

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    Re: To thrive positevely

    Quote Originally Posted by olegv View Post
    Please explain to me what collocation of thriving positive could mean? Many thanks.
    Do you have some context for it?

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    Re: To thrive positevely

    it is taken from Oxford Collocations Dictionary - no explanation is given

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    Re: To thrive positevely

    Well 'positively' does not appear in the top 100 collocatess, or top 54 adverb collocates, of 'thrive' in COCA, so I think the Oxford Collocations Dictionary has slipped up

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    Re: To thrive positevely

    I have a sample sentence from the Oxford Collocation dictionary:

    thrive positively (esp.BrE)
    "a culture which positively thrives on new ideas"


    ps. It doesn't look like a fixed collocation, does it? If so, then the meaning can easily be worked out.
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    Re: To thrive positevely

    Reversing the collocation changes the meaning completely.

    'thrive positively' = 'thrive in a beneficial way'

    'positively thrive' = 'definitely thrive'

    I agree with 5jj: 'I think the Oxford Collocations Dictionary has slipped up'.

    Rover

    EDIT: 'Thrive' is such a positive word anyway, I doubt anything could be said to thrive negatively.
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    Re: To thrive positevely

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Reversing the collocation changes the meaning completely.

    'thrive positively' = 'thrive in a beneficial way'

    'positively thrive' = 'definitely thrive'

    I agree with 5jj: 'I think the Oxford Collocations Dictionary has slipped up'.

    Rover

    EDIT: 'Thrive' is such a positive word anyway, I doubt anything could be said to thrive negatively.

    That could be my fault while copying from the Oxford Collocation Dictionary. In fact, that's how it looks there:

    thrive verb
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    positively ( esp. BrE)
    "a culture which positively ~s on new ideas"

    From how it is presented in the dictionary, it's hard to tell the exact word order unless you have the sentence itself. So, the confusion is quite understandable.

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    Re: To thrive positevely

    Rover's explanation fits this example.

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