There are certain verbs that always go with certain nouns. We call this a verb collocation.
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 – Video
- 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.
MAKE & DO 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.
- 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.
- 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!