36 Examples of Verb + Noun Collocations [List]

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Verb Noun Collocations: get started, have a good time, make a difference, save money

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.

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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.

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Verb + Noun Collocations List

Here is a list of some of the most common verb and noun collocations:

  1. Have a drink – get something to drink
  2. Have breakfast / lunch / dinner – eat something for a meal
  3. Have a good time – enjoy yourself
  4. Break a record – achieve a new record
  5. Break a leg – to do well
  6. Break the law – not follow the rules
  7. Pay attention – to be focused
  8. Pay a visit – go to visit someone
  9. Pay your respects – show someone you respect them
  10. Make a difference – change something
  11. Make money – to earn
  12. Make progress – to improve
  13. Save money – set money aside
  14. Save time – do something efficiently
  15. Save energy – conserve energy
  16. Do business – conduct business
  17. Do someone a favor – do something for someone
  18. Do your best – give all your effort to a task
  19. Take a break – pause work
  20. Take a look – see something up close
  21. Take notes – write down important information
  22. Catch a bus – get on a bus in time
  23. Catch a cold – get sick
  24. Catch a thief – capture a thief
  25. Come prepared – be prepared before a task
  26. Come to a decision – make a decision
  27. Come first – finish a contest in first place
  28. Go bad – when food becomes rotten
  29. Go bankrupt – lose all your money
  30. Go missing – disappear
  31. Get a job – find employment
  32. Get drunk – drink a lot
  33. Get started – start something
  34. Keep a promise – fulfill a promise you made
  35. Keep calm – be calm in a tough situation
  36. Keep quiet – stay quiet

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