Common Collocations In English

Common Collocations In English

Common Collocations In English

As an English learner, you may have noticed that certain words go together more often than others. These word combinations are called collocations. Some common English collocations include “make an effort,” “take a break,” and “have a look.” Learning common collocations can help you sound more natural in your speaking and writing. It can also help you better understand native speakers when they use these expressions. Here are some tips for learning and using common collocations in English.

Collocations in English

Collocation with Have

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

Collocation with Come

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

Collocation with Go

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

Collocation with Take

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

Collocation with Pay

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

Collocation with Save

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

Collocation with Break

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

 

 

Collocation with Do

  •         do your homework
  •         do your hair
  •         do your best
  •         do the washing up
  •         do the shopping
  •         do the housework
  •         do the cooking
  •         do someone a favor
  •         do nothing
  •         do business

Collocation with Get

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

Collocation with Keep

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

Collocation with Catch

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

Collocation with Make

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

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