Third edition revised by Robert Ilson.
Compiled by Morton Benson, Evelyn Benson and Robert F. Ilson.
Speak and write perfect English!
BBI teaches you how to combine words with words to form phrases (so you
can say "mortgaged to the hilt; I want something badly").
BBI also teaches you how to combine words into structures to form clauses
and sentences (so you can say "I want you to go = What I want is for you to
So BBI helps you with both vocabulary and grammar. BBI shows you
important vocabulary and grammatical differences between American and
BBI gives you plenty of examples that can serve as models for your own use
of English. Some of these examples are authentic quotations from works of
American and British literature.
This Third Edition of the BBI Combinatory Dictionary of English is an
expanded and updated version of the First Edition (1986), its New Printing
(1993), and its Revised Edition (1997) all of which were favorably
this third edition, the contents of the BBI have been increased by over 20%.In
the selection and presentation of new material, many sources have been
The British National Corpus;
Reading and listening to English-language material;
For Grammatical Patterns: A Comprehensive Grammar of the English
Language (Randolph Quirck et al.);
For Collocations: Lists of Lexical Functions (compiled by Igor Mel'cuk et al.).
The BBI has been "highly recommended" by the English-Speaking Union.
Using the BBI: A workbook with exercises is now available online at:
"The Dictionary of Collocations is more than just a reference book. It is an
ínvaluable aid for learning words as typically used in their appropriate
contexts. The individual articles are well worth studying carefully as the
usage of words is illustrated by real-life phrases which are easy to remember.
Thus insight is gained into the spirit of the English language and users are
presented with a treasure-trove of ready-to-use phrases, enabling them to
express themselves in English accurately and correctly." F.J. Hausmann,
(University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) in the German edition of The BBI
Combinatory Dictionary of English entitled Student’s Dictionary of
Collocations (Cornelsen Verlag, Berlin, 1989). Translated from German by
Mary Snell-Hornby (University of Vienna).
What the critics said about the previous edition:
"This dictionary is a must-have for learners of English as a foreign language.
It also will be a plus for the library reference collection in order to
diversified user group." Xiao (Shelley) Yan Zhang
"A dictionary of essential word combinations, phrasal verbs, and examples of
complementation and usage for speaking and writing English, for learners of
English as a foreign language. The revised edition contains some 90,000
British and American collocations. A special effort has been made to include
collocations to computer and Internet terms." Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
"This is an extraordinary tool for translators into English. It is a
collocations, and provides information that is hard to find in other
It helps you find that elusive word that goes with another, and answers
questions about the preposition to use." Translatum, The Greek Translation