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Verb Collocations: List of Useful Verb Collocations in English

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Verb Collocations in English! 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”.

Verb Collocations 

Verb Collocations List

Have Collocations

  • Have a baby

My grandmother had all her babies at home.

  • Have a backache

My father has a backache so he couldn’t sleep well.

  • Have a bad fall

My friend had a bad fall.

  • Have a bad temper

Maybe you’re a less than effective communicator or you have a bad temper.

  • Have a bath

I can’t remember the last time I had a bath.

  • Have a birthday

Children can have a birthday party inside a private capsule on the London Eye.

  • Have a bite

Can I have a bite of your hot dog?

  • Have a break

Let’s have a break when you finish this exercise.

  • Have a business trip

My dad has a business trip so we could not visit our grandmother together.

  • Have a busy day

I have a busy day.

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Make & Do Collocations

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Catch Collocations

  • Catch (on) fire

Keep those papers away from the candle, or else they’ll catch fire.

  • Catch a ball

His son could catch a ball coming toward his left or right.

  • Catch a bus/ a train

You’d really need to catch a bus.

  • Catch a chill

If you have a small hat available, put it on the baby so it doesn’t catch a chill.

  • Catch a cold

If you get caught in the rain, you might catch a cold.

  • Catch a glimpse

Justin’s fans caught a glimpse of him as he left the airport.

  • Catch a thief

The government set a thief to catch a thief

  • Catch a whiff

I caught a whiff of her perfume as she walked by.

  • Catch sight of

After catching sight of her in the crowd, I went over and talked to her.

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Get Collocations

  • Get a joke

Not everyone got the joke, but those who did laughed.

  • Get a letter (receive)

I got a letter from my friend in Nigeria

  • Get a shock

I got a shock when I saw my phone bill.

  • Get a splitting headache

His lack of knowledge of health always makes him get a splitting headache.

  • Get a tan

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

I got a ticket for speeding this morning.

  • Get a/the right

They decided to divorce and Mary is determined to get the right to raise the child.

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Go Collocations

  • Go Abroad

I think we should go abroad on holiday this year.

  • Go Astray

John will go astray if he becomes friends with Bad Jack.

  • Go Bad

The milk will go bad if it is not kept in the fridge.

  • Go Bald

Many men go bald at an early age.

  • Go Bankrupt

The company is about to go bankrupt.

  • Go Blind

The old cat is starting to go blind.

  • Go Crazy

The old man is going to go crazy.

  • Go Deaf

Many old people go deaf.

  • Go Finishing

I would like to go fishing this weekend.

  • Go Insane (idiom)

If you don’t stop making that noise, I’m going to go (completely) insane!

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Sunday 21st of November 2021

nice job


Tuesday 13th of July 2021

i want  collocations of word of

Violeta Green

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Thanks for your work!