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Common Collocations You Should Learn in English

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Collocations are an essential part of the English language. They are two or more words that often appear together and form a natural combination. Collocations can be made up of verbs, nouns, adjectives, and adverbs, and they are a crucial aspect of fluency in English.

Using collocations correctly can make a significant difference in how natural and fluent a speaker sounds. For example, instead of saying “make a decision,” a native speaker would say “take a decision.” Collocations can also vary by region and context, so it’s essential to learn the appropriate collocations for the situation.

Collocations in English

Collocations List

Collocations with HAVE

  • Have a bath
  • Have a drink
  • Have a good time
  • Have a haircut
  • Have a holiday
  • Have a problem
  • Have a relationship
  • Have a rest
  • Have lunch
  • Have sympathy

Collocations with TAKE

  • Take a break
  • Take a chance
  • Take a look
  • Take a rest
  • Take a seat
  • Take a taxi
  • Take an exam
  • Take notes
  • Take someone’s place

Collocations with PAY

  • Pay a fine
  • Pay attention
  • Pay by credit card
  • Pay cash
  • Pay interest
  • Pay someone a compliment
  • Pay someone a visit
  • Pay the bill
  • Pay the price
  • Pay your respects

Collocations with COME

  • Come close
  • Come complete with
  • Come early
  • Come first
  • Come into view
  • Come last
  • Come late
  • Come on time
  • Come prepared
  • Come right back
  • Come second
  • Come to a compromise
  • Come to a decision
  • Come to an agreement
  • Come to an end
  • Come to a standstill
  • Come to terms with
  • Come to a total of
  • Come under attack

Collocations with DO

  • Do business
  • Do nothing
  • Do someone a favor
  • Do the cooking
  • Do the washing up
  • Do your best
  • Do your hair
  • Do your homework

Collocations with BREAK

  • Break a leg
  • Break a habit
  • Break a record
  • Break a promise
  • Break a window
  • Break someone’s heart
  • Break the ice
  • Break the law
  • Break the news to someone
  • Break the rules

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Common Verb Collocations

Collocations with SAVE

  • Save electricity
  • Save energy
  • Save money
  • Save one’s strength
  • Save someone a seat
  • Save someone’s life
  • Save something
  • Save space
  • Save time
  • Save yourself the trouble

Collocations with GO

  • Go abroad
  • Go astray
  • Go bad
  • Go bald
  • Go bankrupt
  • Go blind
  • Go crazy
  • Go dark
  • Go deaf
  • Go fishing
  • Go mad
  • Go missing
  • Go on foot
  • Go online
  • Go out of business
  • Go overseas
  • Go quiet
  • Go sailing
  • Go to war

Collocations with MAKE

  • Make a difference
  • Make a mess
  • Make a mistake
  • Make a noise
  • Make an effort
  • Make furniture
  • Make money
  • Make progress
  • Make room
  • Make trouble

Collocations with CATCH

  • Catch a ball
  • Catch a bus
  • Catch a chill
  • Catch a cold
  • Catch a thief
  • Catch fire
  • Catch sight of
  • Catch someone’s attention
  • Catch someone’s eye
  • Catch the flu

Collocations with KEEP

  • Keep a diary
  • Keep a promise
  • Keep a secret
  • Keep an appointment
  • Keep calm
  • Keep control
  • Keep in touch
  • Keep quite
  • Keep someone’s place
  • Keep the change

Collocations with GET

  • Get a job
  • Get angry
  • Get a shock
  • Get divorced
  • Get drunk
  • Get frightened
  • Get home
  • Get lost
  • Get married
  • Get nowhere
  • Get permission
  • Get pregnant
  • Get ready
  • Get started
  • Get the impression
  • Get the message
  • Get the sack
  • Get upset
  • Get wet
  • Get worried

Common Verb Collocations List.


Friday 1st of January 2021

Prepositions more for the class6

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Saturday 21st of November 2020



Saturday 25th of July 2020

Very useful

bakary Sonko

Sunday 31st of May 2020

very interesting, I love it


Saturday 22nd of June 2019

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