In the English language, collocation refers to a natural combination of words that are closely affiliated with each other.
Verb Collocations – Video
Collocations with ASK
1. Ask a favour
- Can I ask a favour?
2. Ask a question
- Sally interrupted me in midstream to ask a question.
3. Ask about
- I want to ask you about your opinion about this book.
4. Ask after somebody
- Tell your father I was asking after him.
5. Ask for advice
- You should go to your doctor and ask for advice.
6. Ask for directions
- How do you ask for directions in Korea?
7. Ask for something
- He never speaks to me other than to ask for something.
Collocations with BREAK
1. Break a law
- If you break a law, you go to prison.
2. Break a promise
- I know he wouldn’t break a promise to me, so I try to keep this promise.
3. Break a record
- “You and me, today we’re going to break a record, ” he said.
4. Break a window
- I had to break a window to get into the house.
5. Break ground
- They will break ground on the new housing project next week.
6. Break the news
- The police had to break the news to the boy’s parents.
7. Break one’s fall
- Luckily, a bush broke his fall.
Collocations with CATCH
1. Catch a glimpse
- Perhaps I might catch a glimpse of Frank.
2. Catch a thief
- You’re here to catch a thief.
3. Catch a whiff
- I caught a whiff of peachy perfume.
4. Catch sight of
- As the group turns to leave, Sayid catches sight of the cat.
5. Catch someone’s attention
- The silver plated caster on the dining table catch her attention.
6. Catch someone’s eye
- I caught her eye and smiled.
7. Catch the flu
- Tom seems to catch the flu every year.
Collocations with COME
1. Come into view
- We were watching the stars when suddenly a shooting star came into view.
2. Come last
- Greg comes last in every race.
3. Come on time
- The movie starts at 9 am. Please come on time.
4. Come prepared
- There is a test next week, come prepared.
5. Come right back
- Where’s Johnny? He went to get some coffee, he said he’ll come right back.
6. Come to a compromise
- We need to come to a compromise about our vacation plans.
7. Come to a conclusion
- The debate did not come to a conclusion until yesterday.
Collocations with DO
1. Do good
- If I do good next year, I can come out then.
2. Do gymnastics
- We don’t do gymnastics at school.
3. Do harm
- Drugs can do harm to you.
4. Do homework
- I like to do homework.
5. Do laundry
- She loves to do laundry.
6. Do nothing
- I can do nothing about it.
7. Do research
- He stayed on at university to do research.
Collocations with GET
1. Get a job
- He wanted to see if he could get a job with us.
2. Get a joke
- I go there to get a joke each day.
3. Get a letter (receive)
- I got a letter from my friend in Bangkok.
4. Get a shock
- They’ll get a shock when they get this bill.
5. Get a splitting headache
- Tom says he’s got a splitting headache and falls in half.
6. Get divorced
- I got divorced when I was about 31.
7. Get dressed/ undressed
- The first thing I do in the morning is get dressed.
Collocations with GIVE
1. Give a ride
- I’ve got to get into town. Can you give me a ride?
2. Give an advice
- We are here to give people advice about health issues.
3. Give an answer
- John always gives perfect answers in class.
4. Give an example
- John gave Iceland as an example of a cold country.
5. Give permission
- The city authorities gave permission for the rally to take place.
6. Give priority
- They must also give priority to looked after children in care.
7. Give rise to
- They can give rise to cosmetic concerns.
Collocations with GO
1. Go on a picnic
- We could go on a picnic today.
2. Go on foot
- I don’t have a car, so I will go on foot.
3. Go online
- I’ll just go online and look up her address.
4. Go out of business
- The farmer is going out of business.
5. Go out of fashion
- Their music will never go out of fashion.
6. Go overseas
- I often go overseas on business trips.
7. Go quiet
- The animals go quiet when there’s a predator around.