Guides How to use some of the tools on the site

Although the tools on the site are designed to be as user-friendly as possible, some of them still need a little explaining. Below are specially written guides to tools such as the Word Profiler and the Concordancer for academic English.

Academic Word Profiler
Word profiler

The word profiler gives rich information about individual words, allowing you to understand how frequent a word is in academic compared to non-academic texts (fiction, spoken, news), frequency of different word forms, possible academic synonyms, any word lists it occurs in, and any collocations in the Academic Collocation List.


The concordancer is a search engine tool to examine a corpus (BNC Baby, British Academic Written English corpus and British Academic Spoken English corpus can all be searched), allowing you to understand frequency, range, collocation and grammar, and make decisions based on actual usage rather than intuition.

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