Common Verb Collocations in English You Should Know

There are certain verbs that always go with certain nouns. We call this a collocation...


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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