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Common Collocations with Verbs in English

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There are certain verbs that always go with certain nouns. We call this a verb collocation. Let’s learn these collocations as below with ESL images.

In the English language, collocation refers to a natural combination of words that are closely affiliated with each other. Some examples are “pay attention” ,”fast food”, “make an effort”, and “powerful engine”.

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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Collocations with Verbs

Collocations with Verbs

Collocations with Verbs



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