WORLD (phrases)

In this post, we give examples of 7 different ways the noun ‘world‘ is used in English.  In the English Vocabulary Profile at A2:

your world = your life and experiences

A search in NOW corpus for:

_APPGE world

1 OUR WORLD 67437 This may be literally our planet.
2 THEIR WORLD 33865 Note that ‘their’ is listed at B1 in the EGP.

I wanted to be a part of their world.

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3 HIS WORLD 23782
4 ITS WORLD 18462
5 MY WORLD 14447
6 YOUR WORLD 11701

It is going to make all the difference in your world.

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7 HER WORLD 10934


A search for:

_APPGE _JJ world .

added full stop to avoid ‘world cup’ etc.

1 OUR CHANGING WORLD. 1465
2 OUR MODERN WORLD. 495
3 OUR NATURAL WORLD. 304
4 MY WHOLE WORLD. 129

That‘s where I create.
My whole world is in there.

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5 OUR DIGITAL WORLD. 123
6 OUR NEW WORLD. 104
7 OUR REAL WORLD. 101
8 OUR CONTEMPORARY WORLD. 97
9 OUR ENTIRE WORLD. 94
10 OUR CURRENT WORLD. 93
11 THEIR CHANGING WORLD. 86
12 OUR PHYSICAL WORLD. 75
13 MY ENTIRE WORLD. 63
14 OUR EVER-CHANGING WORLD. 62
15 OUR WHOLE WORLD. 61
16 OUR INTERCONNECTED WORLD. 60


Listed at B1:

GROUP
the people and things that are involved in a particular activity or subject

A search for:

_A _N world .

1 THE BUSINESS WORLD. 3869

I‘ve never really seen myself in the business world.

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2 THE ART WORLD. 2492
3 THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD. 2230
4 THE FASHION WORLD. 1543
5 THE SPORTS WORLD. 1334
6 THE TECH WORLD. 1274
7 THE GAMING WORLD. 1078
8 THE MUSIC WORLD. 973
9 THE FOOTBALL WORLD. 845
10 THE GAME WORLD. 661


A search for:

_A world of *

1 THE WORLD OF THE 13877

1 THE WORLD OF THE SHOW 417
2 THE WORLD OF THE LIVING 375

That is not from the world of the living.

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3 THE WORLD OF THE GAME 233
4 THE WORLD OF THE MARRIED 226
5 THE WORLD OF THE FILM 207
6 THE WORLD OF THE INTERNET 185
7 THE WORLD OF THE WITCHER 181
8 THE WORLD OF THE DEAD 159
9 THE WORLD OF THE FUTURE 145
10 THE WORLD OF THE PLAY 108

2 THE WORLD OF WORK 7079
3 THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT 4772
4 A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE 4510
5 THE WORLD OF BUSINESS 3632
6 THE WORLD OF SPORTS 3518
7 THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL 3455
8 THE WORLD OF MUSIC 3154
9 THE WORLD OF FASHION 2962
10 THE WORLD OF POLITICS 2357
11 THE WORLD OF SPORT 2319
12 THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY 1918
13 THE WORLD OF RUGBY 1791
14 THE WORLD OF SCIENCE 1712
15 THE WORLD OF FINANCE 1688
16 THE WORLD OF JOURNALISM 1597
17 A WORLD OF GOOD 1546
18 THE WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL 1448
19 THE WORLD OF SOCIAL 1438
20 THE WORLD OF A 1346

1 A WORLD OF A DIFFERENCE 329
2 THE WORLD OF A MAN 67

He‘ll strike hard and fast at the world of men.

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3 THE WORLD OF A DIFFERENCE 35
4 THE WORLD OF A CHILD 34
5 THE WORLD OF A YOUNG 25
6 THE WORLD OF A SONG 21
7 THE WORLD OF A NEW 20
8 THE WORLD OF A PERSON 18
9 THE WORLD OF A GAME 17
10 THE WORLD OF A GREAT 15


Listed at C1:

(have) the best of both worlds
to have the advantages of two different situations

You can embody the best of both worlds.

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A search for collocates in the NOW corpus:

1 COMBINING 65

My new role is essentially the best of both worlds, combining design and creative directions to present data.

Microsoft

2 ALLOWING 50
3 THINCHARGE 37
4 HYBRID 33
5 STABILITY 32
6 FLEXIBILITY 26
7 CONVENIENCE 20
8 GUARANTEED 19
9 LIFETIME 18
10 COMBINES 17


Listed at C2:

be out of this world INFORMAL
to be of extremely good quality

The most common collocate in the MOVIE corpus is ‘really‘:

Charlie, it might sound corny, but the view is really out of this world.

The Last Man on the Moon



do sb a/the world of good
INFORMAL
to make someone feel much happier or healthier

Meeting someone like you, Eddie, has done me a world of good.

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The most common collocate in the MOVIE corpus is ‘will‘:

Well, a nice spot of tea will do you the world of good.

Dad’s Army


If something is not the end of the world, it will not cause very serious problems.

Well if that‘s not youthat‘s not the end of the world.

TED

The most common collocate in COCA corpus is ‘failure‘:

We should be teaching them that failure is not the end of the world.

Daria


be/feel on top of the world INFORMAL
to be very happy

It makes you feel on top of the world.

The Go-Between

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