Verb Collocations – Part I

We use collocations often.  These phrases are not literal, they are figurative. 

Collocations are sets of words that naturally go together in a language after years of language evolution. We will unintentionally try different combinations until one combination of words becomes natural and a routine for us. Personally, I think these are very funny and I enjoy explaining these to my students. I think they enjoy learning them too.


To have:

have a breakfast or lunch or dinner (to eat . . . . .)

have a cup of coffee  (This one is easy but sometimes it means please meet with me)

have an idea (To think of something for the first time)

have a party (to plan a party and invite friends)

have a good time (to enjoy yourself)

have a baby (a new baby is born)

have a headache (to suffer from a headache, one’s head hurts)

have a fight or argument (to fight or argue with someone)

have a problem (to have trouble with something or someone –  “Houston, we have a problem.”)

have an accident (to get into an accident, to hurt oneself)

(credits to ESL Library)

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