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NCL highlighter & gapfill Find nursing academic collocations in a text

Use this tool to highlight collocations (word combinations) from the NCL (Nursing Academic Collocation List). Enter the text in the box below then click 'submit'.

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Author: Sheldon Smith    ‖    Last modified: 27 May 2021.

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