Verb Noun Collocations
A collocation means that two or more words often go together. They are considered to be parts of one larger phrase. Verbs and nouns have a lot of fixed collocations that are set phrases.
In a collocation, these words form the phrase, and exchanging any word for another makes this phrase wrong. Using the correct verb and noun collocations is the difference between natural and unnatural English.
Learning verb and noun collocations is one of the best ways to make your English sound more natural.
Verb + Noun Collocations List
Here is a list of some of the most common verb and noun collocations:
- Have a drink – get something to drink
- Have breakfast / lunch / dinner – eat something for a meal
- Have a good time – enjoy yourself
- Break a record – achieve a new record
- Break a leg – to do well
- Break the law – not follow the rules
- Pay attention – to be focused
- Pay a visit – go to visit someone
- Pay your respects – show someone you respect them
- Make a difference – change something
- Make money – to earn
- Make progress – to improve
- Save money – set money aside
- Save time – do something efficiently
- Save energy – conserve energy
- Do business – conduct business
- Do someone a favor – do something for someone
- Do your best – give all your effort to a task
- Take a break – pause work
- Take a look – see something up close
- Take notes – write down important information
- Catch a bus – get on a bus in time
- Catch a cold – get sick
- Catch a thief – capture a thief
- Come prepared – be prepared before a task
- Come to a decision – make a decision
- Come first – finish a contest in first place
- Go bad – when food becomes rotten
- Go bankrupt – lose all your money
- Go missing – disappear
- Get a job – find employment
- Get drunk – drink a lot
- Get started – start something
- Keep a promise – fulfill a promise you made
- Keep calm – be calm in a tough situation
- Keep quiet – stay quiet
Have a drink
- Can I have a drink, please? Yes, of course. What do you want to have? A glass of white wine, please.
- Do you want to eat something before the class starts? No, thanks, I have had breakfast at home.
Have a good time
- Are you travelling somewhere? Yes, I’m going camping to the seaside. Have a good time.
Break a record
- I broke my own record at running. I ran 5 kilometers in 30 minutes last time. It’s 2 minutes faster than my previous run.
Break a leg
- I’m going to my hardest exam today. Wish me good luck. Break a leg. You can do it.
Break the law
- She broke the law, so now she is in prison for years.
- Please, pay attention, I’m talking to you!
Pay a visit
- I paid a visit to my grandma. She is not very well.
Pay your respects
- You should pay your respects to the director. He is older and wiser than you.
- I have to find a second job. I want to make more money.
- I want to make progress in my career. I’m going to a training.
- I want to save a big amount of money for my retirement because I’m not expecting any pension from the government.
- A saved time, because I made half of the cooking yesterday evening. Now I just have to put it in the oven.
- I saved a lot of energy because I bought some energy saver lights for my house.
- He did his best business this week. He just signed the contract for a 1.000.000 dollar reconstruction.
Do someone a favor
- Could you please do me a big favor? I won’t have time to walk with my dog today. Would you mind doing it?
Take a break
- Let’s take a break, and have lunch in the canteen.
Take a look
- Could you take a look at my calculation. I’m not sure it’s correct.
- Please take notes during the presentation.
Catch a bus
- I don’t have time, I have to catch the next bus.
Catch a cold
- Sorry I can’t go with you, I caught a cold. I’m not feeling very well.
- Did you come prepared to this challenge?
Come to a decision
- Did you come to a decision? Will you marry him?
- Don’t worry, you came prepared, you come first.
- She gambled and she went bankrupt.
- Her wife went missing. Even copes can’t find her.
Get a job
- Finally She got a job. She has been looking for it for ages.
- Last night they got drunk, so they went home by taxi.
- Let’s get started with the diet. It will be easier together.
Keep a promise
- I kept my promise, I took him to the beach for his birthday.
- Keep calm, she will be ok soon.
- If you keep quiet you will hear the birdsong.