Commonly used combinations with the verb HAVE in English
A collocation is a sequence of words or terms that co-occur more often than would be expected by chance.
Common Collocations with HAVE
- A baby (To give birth to a baby)
My grandmother had all her babies at home.
- A backache
My father has a backache so he couldn’t sleep well
- A bad temper
Maybe you’re a less than effective communicator or you have a bad temper.
- A bath
I can’t remember the last time I had a bath
- A birthday
Children can have a birthday party inside a private capsule on the London Eye.
- A bite
Can I have a bite of your hot dog?
- A break
Let’s have a break when you finish this exercise
- A business trip
My dad has a business trip so we could not visit our grandmother together
- A busy day
I have a busy day.
- A conversation/chat
Can we have a conversation before we make any decision?
- A cup of tea/ coffee
Would you like to have a cup of tea/coffee
- A depression
If you want to have a depression in your green, you must install a drain pipe beneath it to carry away the water.
- A discussion
We should have a discussion about this topic to understand deeply.
- An event
Why not have an event here?
- An exam
I have an exam tomorrow. Wish me luck
- An interview
He has an interview tomorrow, and he’s a little nervous.
- An opportunity
You’ve already had lots of opportunities.
She had difficulty in starting her car.
Personally, I do have faith.
You’ve got to have patience.
- Some sugar/ milk
Could I have some milk please?
I really have sympathy for them.
- The chance
We go to the beach whenever we have the chance.
To have enough time to do something
He’s well-qualified, so he had no trouble finding work.
We have so much work to do before Friday.