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    Collocates or not??

    Hello. I need your help. Iím doing some linguistic project. I would be very glad if you could tell me whether these sentences are possible or not:

    1. Bee is humming

    Bee is buzzing
    Bee is dronning

    1. Hive is humming

    Hive is buzzing
    Hive is droning

    1. Fly is humming

    Fly is buzzing
    Fly is dronning

    1. Mosquito is humming

    Mosquito is buzzing
    Mosquito is dronning
    Mosquito is whirring

    1. Dragonfly is dronning

    Dragonfly is buzzing

    1. Bumblebee is buzing
    2. Cicada is humming

    Cicada is chirring
    Cicada is dronning
    Cicada is whirring

    1. Locust is buzzing

    Locust is chirring
    Locust is whistling

    1. Hopper (grasshopper) is buzzing

    Hopper (grasshopper) is chirring

    1. Cricket is singing

    Cricket is chirring
    Cricket is whirring

    1. Bug is humming

    Bug is buzzing
    Bug is whirring

    1. Beetle is humming

    Beetle is whirring
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Collocates or not??

    Every single line you posted is missing an article.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Collocates or not??

    . . . and a full stop.

    Click here to listen to a variety of insects making their typical sounds.

    The text includes words to describe some of these sounds – such as 'trilling', 'chicking', 'chirping' etc.

    These are correct:

    Bees buzz.
    Bees hum.

    Cicadas chirp.

    Crickets chirp.

    As far as I know, dragonflies and beetles are silent.

    'Bugs' is a meaningless term in this context.

    Other people may or may not add to this list.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Dec-2012 at 23:46.

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    Re: Collocates or not??

    From gangster patois to the noise bugs make, I never cease to be bewildered by the weird and utterly obscure nature of some of the questions asked in this forum.

    It's clear that there is far less interest in the essential nuts and bolts (e.g. articles) than in the totally bizarre!

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    Re: Collocates or not??

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Cicadas chirp.
    They can be a lot louder than that. The ones in Tokyo are like an outdoor rave.

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    Re: Collocates or not??

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinEnglish View Post
    From gangster patois to the noise bugs make, I never cease to be bewildered by the weird and utterly obscure nature of some of the questions asked in this forum.

    It's clear that there is far less interest in the essential nuts and bolts (e.g. articles) than in the totally bizarre!
    Forums are almost 100% learner-driven, far more so than most teaching methods that use the term, and it is interesting to see the results of that, including the wilder flowers like the ones you mention.

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