Common Verb Collocations in English

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

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.

MAKE & DO COLLOCATIONS

DO COLLOCATIONS

TAKE COLLOCATIONS

GIVE COLLOCATIONS

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.

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.

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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