English Teacher Online presents a useful list of collocation words to help you become fluent in English.
A collocation is a combination of words that are often used together. They are blocks of language that “just sound right” to native English speakers.
Learning collocations is a good way to improve your English because these words (phrases) “go together.” You’ll discover how to use them more frequently – so they’re better than just learning one word at a time.
When you do learn a new word, write down some other words that collocate with it. Below are 10 examples for the verbs, have, make, do, go, come, take and get.
Copy these collocations into a book or Word document on the computer. Try to think of other combinations for each list and share them in the comments section. I’ll help you if you make a mistake!
Have lunch: When do you have lunch?
Have a drink: Would you like to have a drink?
Have a rest: I want to have a rest.
Have a haircut: I need to have a haircut.
Have a bath: I’m going to have a bath.
Have a holiday: When do you have holiday?
Have friends over: I had friends over for my birthday.
Have a good time: We all had a good time.
Have a headache: I have a headache.
Make something: Make learning fun.
Make money: You can make money doing that.
Make progress: I’ve made progress this year.
Make a mess: My brother always makes a mess.
Make a mistake: Did I make a mistake?
Make a difference: I want to make a difference.
Make a noise: Let’s make some noise.
Make an effort: Please make an effort with your comment.
Make room: Can you make room for one more?
Make trouble: He often makes trouble.
Do your best: Don’t worry, just do your best.
Do your homework: I’ll do my homework after school.
Do business: He does business with everyone.
Do someone a favour: Do me a favour and lend me your bike.
Do the cooking: Who’s going to do the cooking tonight?
Do the housework: I’ll do the housework while you’re out.
Do the shopping: Can you do the shopping on your way home?
Do the washing up: You cooked a lovely meal, so I’ll do the washing up.
Do your hair: May I help you do your hair?
Do nothing: I’m just going to sit here and do nothing.
Go fishing: Let’s go fishing.
Go abroad: She went abroad for work.
Go online: Just go online and search for it.
Go missing: My cat has gone missing.
Go bald: Uncle Ben is going bald.
Go blind: Some people go blind because they watch too much TV.
Go deaf: Listening to loud music can make you go deaf.
Go crazy: The dog goes crazy every time I come home.
Go out of business: Many shops have gone out of business.
Go bankrupt: He went bankrupt after his stocks crashed.
Come early: Please come early and relax.
Come on time: She always comes on time.
Come late: If you come late, they may not let you in.
Come prepared: Come prepared with a pen and paper.
Come first: Bolt always comes first.
Come last: It doesn’t matter if you come last.
Come to a standstill: The traffic has come to a standstill.
Come into view: The mountain came into view.
Come to a compromise: They came to a compromise and shared one.
Come to a decision: Have you come to a decision yet?
Take a look: Let me take a look at it for you.
Take a break: You need to take a break.
Take a rest: I need to take a rest.
Take notes: Make sure you take notes.
Take an exam: Are you ready to take your exam?
Take a seat: Please take my seat.
Take a taxi: Why don’t we take a taxi?
Take a chance: I’m going to take a chance.
Take someone out: May I take you out to dinner?
Get home: What time do you get home?
Get a job: Please go and get a job.
Get lost: I don’t like you – get lost!
Get a shock: Don’t touch that, you’ll get a shock.
Get drunk: He gets angry when he gets drunk.
Get pregnant: Get married before you get pregnant.
Get permission: Get permission from your parents.
Get ready: Get ready for an amazing life.
Get started: Let’s get started decorating the kitchen.
Get upset: Don’t get upset when things go wrong.
There are several different types of collocation made from combinations of verb, noun, adjective etc.
Some common types of collocations are
noun + noun: computer studies
noun + verb: dog’s bite
verb + noun: go home
verb + adverb: turned suddenly
verb + expression with preposition: burst into tears
adverb + adjective: completely happy
adjective + noun: bad memory
How to learn collocations
1. Treat collocations as phrases or single blocks of language.
2. When you learn a new word, write down other words that collocate with it.
3. Read as much as possible. Reading is the best way to learn new vocabulary. By reading you’ll learn collocations naturally and in context.
4. Practice using your new collocations, in context, as soon as learning them.
5. Learn collocations in groups that work for you.
6. Please share some of your own collocations in the comments. I’ll help you if you make a mistake.