form collocations and examples

 UK /fɔː(r)m/

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1

a particular type of something, or a particular way something appears


Adjectives frequently used with form
common: common, popularThe most common form of heart disease is coronary heart disease.uncommon: rare, unusualChronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is a rare form of cancer.basic: basic, canonical, simple, standardIn its most basic form, the dance is done with a simple wooden pole with ribbons attached.different: alternative, different, modified, variant, variousVarious forms of surgical treatment have been tried.not serious: mildShe suffered from a mild form of anaemia.severe: extreme, severeThe regime permitted physical abuse, detention, and other extreme forms of punishment.old: original, traditionalTraditional forms of worship are failing to meet the needs of our generation.new: new, presentNew forms of competition are likely to result from technological change.
Verbs frequently used with form
assume, have, takeDomestic abuse takes many forms.
2

an official document with spaces for information


Adjectives frequently used with form
for a particular purpose: application, booking, claim, consent, enquiry, enrolment, entry, evaluation, feedback, membership, nomination, order, registration, requestEnclosed is a booking form which should be returned by 31 August.electronic or paper: downloadable, electronic, online, printable, printedSimply fill in the online registration form.completed: completedCompleted response forms should be sent to the project administrator.
Verbs frequently used with form
complete a form: complete, fill in, fill out, signIf you would like one of our team to contact you, please complete the enquiry form.enclose a form: attach, encloseAn entry form for the competition is enclosed with this Newsletter.send back a form: return, send, submitYou can register your interest by completing and returning the form.
3

how well someone is performing


Adjectives frequently used with form
good: fine, good, great, rare, top, winningShe has been in fine form this season.Bill Murray is on top form throughout the film and extremely funny.bad: bad, poorUnited’s poor form continued as they were beaten 1–0 by Arsenal.
Verbs frequently used with form
stay in good form: find, maintain, regain, return toThe Tigers struggled to maintain their form, and they finished 14th in the Second Division.

Usage note

You can also say that someone has a return to form: The movie represents a welcome return to form for George Lucas.

not stay in good form: loseLeeds, who have not won in five games, appear to have lost form.

Usage note

You can also say that someone has a loss of form: His loss of form this season is very worrying.

 
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