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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Below is the list of common verb collocations in English you should know.

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.

Verb Collocations

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.

Verb Collocations

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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Verb Collocations

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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Verb Collocations

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.

Verb Collocations

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.

Verb Collocations

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