I want to find a list of 2-word expressions starting with iron:
i.e. ironing board, iron filings, iron bridge
Can you suggest a vocabulary tool for that?
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Using a BYU corpus, you can search for
iron* _nn* where the first part matches words starting with “iron” and the second part matches nouns.
It’s as simple as typing that into the search box, though there are more complicated options available.
Using the Corpus Query Processor or a similar corpus engine with a suitable corpus to answer your question, the query
and a frequency breakdown on the types does the job.
The more difficult thing is finding a "suitable" corpus, news, science, or literary texts will give different ranking lists.