A collocation is a common word combination. It is made up of two or more words that always go together in the same order. Examples are: burning desire and heavy smoker. There are several different kinds of collocations.
There are a large number of collocations in English. It is not easy to learn all of them, but you should be familiar with the most important ones. In this lesson, you can find a list of common collocations made with the words make, do, have, take and break.
Here are some examples of the verb collocations.
Have a headache / a haircut / have a holiday / have a relationship / have a rest / have a problem / have a bath
Break a window / break a leg / break the law / break a world record / break someone’s heart / break the rules / break a promise / break the ice / break a habit / break the news
Take a break / take an exam / take a seat / take a taxi / take a look / take a chance / take notes / take a rest / take someone’s place
Do good / do harm / do business / do a favour / do exercise / do one’s hair / do one’s duty
Make a journey / make an offer / make arrangements / make a suggestion / make a decision / make an effort / make an attempt / make an excuse / make a mistake / make a noise / make money / make a fortune / make love / make peace / make progress