Commonly Used Collocations with Verbs: Have, Do, Make, Take, Break, Catch, Pay, Save, Keep, Come, Go, Get.. with example sentences and ESL images.
Collocations with Verbs in English
Collocations with HAVE
Collocations with the verb Have with example sentences in English:
- Have a baby
E.g: My grandmother had all her babies at home.
- Have a backache
E.g: My father has a backache so he couldn’t sleep well.
- Have a bad fall
E.g: My friend had a bad fall.
- Have a bad temper
E.g: Maybe you’re a less than effective communicator or you have a bad temper.
- Have a bath
E.g: I can’t remember the last time I had a bath.
- Have a birthday
E.g: Children can have a birthday party inside a private capsule on the London Eye.
- Have a bite
E.g: Can I have a bite of your hot dog?
- Have a break
E.g: Let’s have a break when you finish this exercise.
- Have a business trip
E.g: My dad has a business trip so we could not visit our grandmother together.
- Have a busy day
E.g: I have a busy day.
Collocations with CATCH
- Catch (on) fire
E.g: Keep those papers away from the candle, or else they’ll catch fire.
- Catch a ball
E.g: His son could catch a ball coming toward his left or right.
- Catch a bus/ a train
E.g: You’d really need to catch a bus.
- Catch a chill
E.g: If you have a small hat available, put it on the baby so it doesn’t catch a chill.
- Catch a cold
E.g: If you get caught in the rain, you might catch a cold.
- Catch a glimpse
E.g: Justin’s fans caught a glimpse of him as he left the airport.
- Catch a thief
E.g: The government set a thief to catch a thief.
- Catch a whiff
E.g: I caught a whiff of her perfume as she walked by.
- Catch sight of
E.g: After catching sight of her in the crowd, I went over and talked to her.
Collocations with GO
- Go Abroad
E.g: I think we should go abroad on holiday this year.
- Go Astray
E.g: John will go astray if he becomes friends with Bad Jack.
- Go Bad
E.g: The milk will go bad if it is not kept in the fridge.
- Go Bald
E.g: Many men go bald at an early age.
- Go Bankrupt
E.g: The company is about to go bankrupt.
- Go Blind
E.g: The old cat is starting to go blind.
- Go Crazy
E.g: The old man is going to go crazy.
- Go Deaf
E.g: Many old people go deaf.
- Go Finishing
E.g: I would like to go fishing this weekend.
- Go Insane (idiom)
E.g: If you don’t stop making that noise, I’m going to go (completely) insane!
Collocations with GET
- Get a joke
E.g: Not everyone got the joke, but those who did laughed.
- Get a letter (receive)
E.g: I got a letter from my friend in Nigeria.
- Get a shock
E.g: I got a shock when I saw my phone bill.
- Get a splitting headache
E.g: His lack of knowledge of health always makes him get a splitting headache.
- Get a tan
E.g: I used to be much amused by sitting on the beach, getting a tan and hearing the waves crash against the rocks.
- Get a ticket
E.g: I got a ticket for speeding this morning.
- Get a/the right
E.g: They decided to divorce and Mary is determined to get the right to raise the child.
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