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    earthquake broke out

    The writer was sleeping downstairs when the earthquake broke out.

    This sentence comes from my textbook. I found no sentence in the corpora that contains 'earthquake broke out'. Is it a good collocation? Would 'happened' or 'occurred' be better?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: earthquake broke out

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    The writer was sleeping downstairs when the earthquake broke out.

    This sentence comes from my textbook. I found no sentence in the corpora that contains 'earthquake broke out'. Is it a good collocation? Would 'happened' or 'occurred' be better?

    Thank you in advance.
    I have never heard "broke out" for an earthquake, I think that "happened" or "occurred" would be better, as you have said.

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    Re: earthquake broke out

    Or 'started'

    If something caused the earthquake to start (maybe a nuclear explosion...), the collocations 'X triggered/set off an earthquake' exist

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    Re: earthquake broke out

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    The writer was sleeping downstairs when the earthquake broke out.

    This sentence comes from my textbook. I found no sentence in the corpora that contains 'earthquake broke out'. Is it a good collocation? Would 'happened' or 'occurred' be better?

    Thank you in advance.
    the earthquake struck.

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