40+ Common English Combinations with The Word TAKE

There are a lot of word collocations using the verb “take”...


Collocations with TAKE...

  • (sb) To court

E.g. They wouldn't honour their contract, so we took them to court.

  • (sb's) Temperature

E.g. After my temperature was taken, my blood pressure was checked.

  • A bite

E.g. Do you want to take a bite into this Apple?

  • A bow

E.g. During the show, I could barely take a bow.

  • A break

E.g. Let's take a short break.

  • A call

E.g. I'm sorry, but I have to take this call.

  • A chance

E.g. Take a chance at it. You might win.

  • A class

E.g. I have to take a class on Saturdays this semester.

  • A decision (make)

E.g. You have to take lots of decisions in life.

  • A holiday

E.g. I’m going to take a holiday  in June. I’m going to Spain.

  • A lesson

E.g. I'm talking English lessons to help me prepare for the IELTS.

  • A look

E.g. I'll take a look at the website and let you know what I think.

  • A message

E.g. Debra's not here just now. Can I take a message?

  • A nap

E.g. The baby takes a nap every day at 2 pm.

  • A number

E.g. I think it will take a number of months for this to play out.

  • A photo/ a photograph

E.g. Why did you take so many photos on holiday?

  • A picture

E.g. Could I take a picture of you?

  • A rest

E.g. After work, I like to take a rest before cooking dinner.

  • A risk

E.g. Mountaineers take many risks when they climb high mountains.

  • A seat

E.g. I walked into her office and she told me to take a seat.

  • A shower (have)

E.g. We'll be leaving in five minutes. I'll just take a shower first.

  • A step (1)

E.g. If you take another step, I'll shoot you.

  • A step (2)

E.g. You've taken an important step on the road to recovery.

  • A taxi/bus/train/plane

E.g. Richard takes a taxi to work every day.

  • A test

E.g. Have you taken your driving test yet?

  • A while/ a minute/ five minutes

E.g. Take a minute to read the question before answering it.

  • Action

E.g. If we don't take action soon, it'll be too late.

  • Advantage (of)

E.g. We take advantage of that.

  • Advice

E.g. I took my doctor's advice and stopped drinking alcohol.

  • Ages

E.g. Finding a parking spot in the city takes ages.

  • An exam/ a test/ a course

E.g. I'm going to take a Maths exam next week.

  • An opportunity

E.g. It was a very difficult decision, leaving Leicester, but I had to take an opportunity that doesn't come round often.

  • Care

E.g. Take care, won't you? It can be dangerous around here at night.

  • Care of

E.g. Who's taking care of your pets while you're away?

  • Charge

E.g. Who'll take charge if the mayor is sent to prison?

  • Charge (of)

E.g. He decided to take charge of the whole meal.

  • Drugs

E.g. Lots of young people were taking drugs like marijuana in the sixties.

  • Exercise

E.g. My doctor says I should take more exercise.

  • Hostage

E.g. Several foreign workers were taken hostage by rebel fighters.

  • Medicine

E.g. Has grandpa taken his medicine yet?

  • Notes

E.g. If I don't take notes, I forget too many important details.

  • Notice

E.g. Don't take any notice of what he says. It's all nonsense.

  • Part

E.g. During the debate, those taking part will be sitting on the stage.

  • Place

E.g. Where did the meeting take place?

  • Pride in

E.g. You should take pride in the fact that your English is improving.

  • Prisoner

E.g. After the battle was over, we took hundreds of enemy soldiers prisoner.

  • Somebody's place

E.g. If a player's injured, another player takes his place in the team.

  • Someone's temperature

E.g. I took my temperature and I found that Iam running a fever.

  • Time

E.g. Changing the way people think takes time, so you have to be patient.

  • Time of (away form work for holidays or to do sth)

E.g. I'm exhausted. I think I'll take some time off and spend a few days with my sister in the countryside.

  • Turns

E.g. If we take turns driving, we can travel all night.

  • Up space

E.g. Most of the space on my hard disk is taken up by movie files.

  • Your time

E.g. There's no time limit, so you can take your time.

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