How frustrating it can be to have a phrase dangling on the tip of your tongue, unable to find the right way to finish it! I wish there were a search engine that could answer questions like:
- What is the most common preposition after a specific verb?
- How do people typically finish a specific phrase?
- Which words usually lead up to this end of a sentence?
Well, now there is!
I built Phrase Finder where you can enter a part of a phrase and find out what are the most common word combinations before and after that phrase. You can search up to 6 leading words and 6 trailing words after the specified phrase unless the clause or sentence finishes before. To get the results, I parse and analyze the top 1,000 hits from Yahoo Web Search.
As a bonus, it's pretty darn fun to play around with, especially if you're a word geek.