address/avoid the issue

This link was created in response to this:

it would be easier to end up with the issue

The re-usable link is and looks like this:

Of course, it is possible that this student meant the opposite, in which case this reusable link may help


Another way of raising the awareness of which verbs usually occur with issue and problem is to look at verb collocates. The reusable link is and it looks like this:

Quite often in with these verbs we find it is solve/address this problem/issue rather than the problem/issue. Thus, this link might also  be useful . It looks like this:

The corresponding collocation list (verbs before this problem/issue) can be found here It looks like this:


cause awareness

This entry was created in response to a student writing:

it could broaden the practitioner’s knowledge and cause awareness  for the..

The re-usable link is and looks something like this:


nb it’s noticeable that most of these lines are either infinitives or preceded by in 


cause consequences

This entry was created in response to a student writing:

the consequences this phenomenon is causing

There are several ways of raising awareness of the issue here. One way might be to use this link and encourage more advanced/experienced students to spot typical things that are caused:


It may seem more helpful at an earlier stage or with less advanced students to make the collocates of cause more obvious, in which case the reusable link that can  be used is It looks like this:


Another, even more obvious way of showing the association between cause and unpleasant consequences is to show the top noun collocates via a Word Sketch. The link is and it looks like this:

We are grateful to Ana Frankenburg-Garcia (see also Collocaid site) for pointing this out (about Word Sketches and cause).