Common Verb Collocations in English

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”.

1.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!…

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2. 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

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3. 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…

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4. 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…

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5. 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.

  • Badly

E.g. Everyone did badly on the test – the highest grade was 68…

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