For the verb: "to promise"

Present Participle: promising
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. a promising [child, student, candidate, player, talent]
  2. a promising [situation, development, approach, sign]
  3. a promising career in [tennis, politics, medicine]
  4. a promising career on [the stage, screen]
  5. [made, had, got off to] a promising start
  6. has a promising [outlook, future]
  7. [a very, an extremely, a highly] promising [student, career]
  8. the most promising player [in the USA, for years]
  9. the candidate [looks, seems] promising
  10. well, that sounds promising
  11. (could be) a promising sign for [parents, investors, borrowers, hopefuls]
  12. a promising sign of [improvement, recovery]
  13. (the test) [had, showed, gave] promising results
WordReference English Collocations © 2019


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. promise to [go, come, have, make, pay, give, do]
  2. promise to [be back, return] by
  3. promise to be good
  4. promise not to tell
  5. promise to love and [care, honor]
  6. do you promise?
  7. promised (me) the world
  8. that promises the world
  9. I can't promise (you) anything
  10. I promise!
  11. I promise on my mother's [grave, life]
  12. promise me (that) [you'll, you will, you won't]
  13. promise that we can [go]
  14. but you promised (that you would)
  15. promise (to) your [parents, daughter, husband] that
  16. pinky promise to
  17. promise a reward for
  18. was promised a [raise, promotion]
  19. promised his hand in marriage
  20. promise a [new, full, free, better]
  21. (it) promises to be a great [novel, match, movie]
  1. a [serious, sincere, broken, firm, hollow] promise
  2. [kept, broke] her promise
  3. kept her promise to [write, pay, return]
  4. [rarely, always, never, barely] keeps his promises
  5. the [company, government, bank] delivered on its promise (to)
  6. the promise of a better life
  7. the [child, student, player] shows promise
  8. is showing [signs of, great] promise
  9. there are [significant, evident, some] signs of promise
  10. showed promise from a [young, early] age
  11. the sky [gave, suggested] promise of (better weather)
  12. the promise of better [weather, times, performance]
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