be, look, prove, seem
make yourself

She told Fred to make himself useful.

consider sth, find sth

some leaflets which you might find useful

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
enormously, especially, exceptionally, highly, immensely, incredibly, more than (informal), particularly, terribly, tremendously

She has made an exceptionally useful contribution to the debate.

genuinely, truly

It needs to give more information to be truly useful.


The same information is equally useful when negotiating.

generally, universally

This method has proved the most generally useful.


The subject is practically useful and will stand you in good stead when looking for a job.

certainly, undoubtedly

an undoubtedly useful skill

economically, politically, socially

to provide rewarding and socially useful employment


It was useful as a short-term measure.


This tool is useful for a variety of purposes.

Internet booking is useful for people who want a short break.


She was very useful in dealing with foreign visitors.


information which will be useful to new mothers

Useful is used with these nouns: ↑addition, ↑address, ↑advice, ↑aid, ↑ally, ↑analogy, ↑approach, ↑asset, ↑attribute, ↑barometer, ↑bibliography, ↑book, ↑checklist, ↑clue, ↑collection, ↑comment, ↑comparison, ↑concept, ↑contact, ↑contribution, ↑device, ↑discussion, ↑distinction, ↑example, ↑exercise, ↑facility, ↑feature, ↑feedback, ↑forum, ↑framework, ↑function, ↑gadget, ↑gauge, ↑generalization, ↑goal, ↑guidance, ↑guide, ↑guideline, ↑hint, ↑improvement, ↑index, ↑indication, ↑indicator, ↑information, ↑insight, ↑instrument, ↑introduction, ↑knowledge, ↑lesson, ↑lever, ↑link, ↑material, ↑means, ↑measure, ↑metaphor, ↑overview, ↑pointer, ↑purpose, ↑reference, ↑refinement, ↑reminder, ↑resource, ↑role, ↑shorthand, ↑sideline, ↑site, ↑skill, ↑source, ↑starting point, ↑suggestion, ↑summary, ↑supplement, ↑technique, ↑tip, ↑tool, ↑trick, ↑way, ↑weapon, ↑yardstick

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