Verb Collocations! In the English language, collocation refers to a natural combination of words that are closely affiliated with each other. Some examples of verb collocations are “pay attention”, “fast food”, “make an effort”, and “powerful engine”.
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Below is a list of verbs collocations in English with examples.
Collocations with GO
- Go abroad
E.g. I think we should go abroad on holiday this year.
- Go astray
E.g. John will go astray if he becomes friends with Bad Jack.
- Go bad
E.g. The milk will go bad if it is not kept in the fridge.
- Go bald
E.g. Many men go bald at an early age.
- Go bankrupt
E.g. The company is about to go bankrupt.
- Go blind
E.g. The old cat is starting to go blind.
- Go crazy
E.g. The old man is going to go crazy.
- Go deaf
E.g. Many old people go deaf.
- Go fishing
E.g. I would like to go fishing this weekend.
- Go insane (idiom)
E.g. If you don’t stop making that noise, I’m going to go (completely) insane!…
Collocations with HAVE
- A baby (To give birth to a baby)
My grandmother had all her babies at home.
- A backache
My father has a backache so he couldn’t sleep well.
- A bath
I can’t remember the last time I had a bath
- A bite
Can I have a bite of your hot dog?
- A break
Let’s have a break when you finish this exercise
- A business trip
My dad has a business trip so we could not visit our grandmother together
- A busy day
I have a busy day.
- A conversation/chat
Can we have a conversation before we make any decision?
- A cup of tea/ coffee
Would you like to have a cup of tea/coffee
Collocations with MAKE
- Make a mess
Eg: If rich kids make a mess, their servants tidy things up again.
- Make a mistake
Eg: Whenever we make mistakes, our teacher corrects them for us.
- Make a note (of)
Eg: I’d better make a note of that, or I might forget.
- Make a reservation
Eg: Shall I make a reservation for 8 o’clock at that Japanese restaurant?
- Make a takeover bid
Eg: The company made a takeover bid for one of its rivals.
- Make an appearance
Eg: We waited forthirty minutes for the professor to make an appearance,then we went home.
- Make an effort
Eg: You can’t learn a language without making an effort…
Collocations with “GIVE”
- A call (a ring, a buzz)
E.g. Give me a call when you get back from your trip.
- A chance
E.g. He gave me a chance and I took it gladly.
- A choice
E.g. I was given no choice; I had to go to the boring lecture.
- A damn
E.g. She doesn’t give a damn about her job.
- A hand
E.g. Can I give you a hand with those bags?
- A headache
E.g. That loud music is giving me a headache.
- A hug or kiss
E.g. Come here and give me a kiss!
- A lecture or speech or performance
E.g. The president will give a long speech…
Collocations with DO
- A course
E.g. We’re doing a course at the local university.
- A deal
E.g. Have you done any deals with distributors in Asia yet?
- A favour
E.g. Can you do me a favour?
- A good/great/terrible job
E.g. You’ve done a good job cleaning the house!
- A report
E.g. I’m doing a report on the history of American foreign policy.
E.g. Everyone did badly on the test – the highest grade was 68…
Verb Collocations in English | Pictures
Common Verb Collocations