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With “TAKE” - a break, an exam, a seat, a taxi, someone’s temperature, a look, a chance, notes, a rest, someone’s place.


With “BREAK” – a leg, a window, the law, a world record, someone’s heart, a promise, the rules, a habit, the ice, the news to someone.


With “HAVE” – a headache, a haircut, breakfast, a holiday, a bath, a relationship, a drink, time, a rest, a problem.


With “CATCH” – a cold, a bus, someone’s attention, a ball, a thief, a fright, by surprise, fire, someone’s eye, a mouse.


With “PAY” – attention, the bill, interest, the price, by check, someone a visit, a salary, cash, someone a compliment, wages.


With “KEEP” – a pet, control, a promise, calm, someone’s place, an appointment, quiet, a secret, a diary, the change.


With “SAVE” – time, money, someone’s life, energy, someone a seat, oneself trouble, electricity, one’s strength, space, a penalty.


With “FIND” – a partner, time, the answer, happiness, the money, a solution, space, a way, a replacement, a cure.


With “GO” – mad, wild, crazy, white, abroad, missing, quiet, bad, dark, overseas.


With “COME” – first, last, right back, early, close, prepared, late, second, complete with, direct.


With “GET” – ready, married, started, divorced, burnt, drunk, angry, lost, worried, wet, home, frightened, the sack, permission, a surprise, the message, a job, nowhere.


With “FEEL” – tense, comfortable, happy, free, nervous, old, disappointed, proud, sleepy, hurt.


With “MISS” – a goal, a chance, the point, a flight, one’s family, a lesson, one’s home, an opportunity, an appointment, someone’s help.


With “DO” – homework, the shopping, the housework, someone a favour, business, nothing, the washing up, the cooking, a job, one’s best.


With “MAKE” – progress, an effort, money, a mess, a mistake, furniture, a noise, trouble, peace, a change.



Some common verbs
have do make
have a bath have a drink have a good time have a haircut have a holiday have a problem have a relationship have a rest have lunch have sympathy do business do nothing do someone a favour do the cooking do the housework do the shopping do the washing up do your best do your hair do your homework make a difference make a mess make a mistake make a noise make an effort make furniture make money make progress make room make trouble
take break catch
take a break take a chance take a look take a rest take a seat take a taxi take an exam take notes take someone's place take someone's temperature break a habit break a leg break a promise break a record break a window break someone's heart break the ice break the law break the news to someone break the rules catch a ball catch a bus catch a chill catch a cold catch a thief catch fire catch sight of catch someone's attention catch someone's eye catch the flu
pay save keep
pay a fine pay attention pay by credit card pay cash pay interest pay someone a compliment pay someone a visit pay the bill pay the price pay your respects save electricity save energy save money save one's strength save someone a seat save someone's life save something to a disk save space save time save yourself the trouble keep a diary keep a promise keep a secret keep an appointment keep calm keep control keep in touch keep quiet keep someone's place keep the change
come go get
come close come complete with come direct come early come first come into view come last come late come on time come prepared come right back come second come to a compromise come to a decision come to an agreement come to an end come to a standstill come to terms with come to a total of come under attack go abroad go astray go bad go bald go bankrupt go blind go crazy go dark go deaf go fishing go mad go missing go on foot go online go out of business go overseas go quiet go sailing go to war go yellow get a job get a shock get angry get divorced get drunk get frightened get home get lost get married get nowhere get permission get pregnant get ready get started get the impression get the message get the sack get upset get wet get worried
Time Business English Classifiers
bang on time dead on time early 12th century free time from dawn till dusk great deal of time late 20th century make time for next few days past few weeks right on time run out of time save time spare time spend some time take your time tell someone the time time goes by time passes waste time annual turnover bear in mind break off negotiations cease trading chair a meeting close a deal close a meeting come to the point dismiss an offer draw a conclusion draw your attention to launch a new product lay off staff go bankrupt go into partnership make a loss make a profit market forces sales figures take on staff a ball of string a bar of chocolate a bottle of water a bunch of carrots a cube of sugar a pack of cards a pad of paper
circuit collocates left with... CIRCUIT circuit collocates right with...
racing circuit  
lecture circuit  
talk-show circuit  
short circuit  
closed circuit  
integrated circuit  
printed circuit  
printed circuit board
  circuit board
  circuit breaker
  circuit training
  circuit judge



Sample Collocations

There are several different types of collocation. Collocations can be adjective + adverb, noun + noun, verb + noun and so on. Below you can see seven main types of collocation in sample sentences.

1. adverb + adjective

  • Invading that country was an utterly stupid thing to do.
  • We entered a richly decorated room.
  • Are you fully aware of the implications of your action?

2. adjective + noun

  • The doctor ordered him to take regular exercise.
  • The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.
  • He was writhing on the ground in excruciating pain.

3. noun + noun

  • Let's give Mr Jones a round of applause.
  • The ceasefire agreement came into effect at 11am.
  • I'd like to buy two bars of soap please.

4. noun + verb

  • The lion started to roar when it heard the dog barking.
  • Snow was falling as our plane took off.
  • The bomb went off when he started the car engine.

5. verb + noun

  • The prisoner was hanged for committing murder.
  • I always try to do my homework in the morning, after making my bed.
  • He has been asked to give a presentation about his work.

6. verb + expression with preposition

  • We had to return home because we had run out of money.
  • At first her eyes filled with horror, and then she burst into tears.
  • Their behaviour was enough to drive anybody to crime.

7. verb + adverb

  • She placed her keys gently on the table and sat down.
  • Mary whispered softly in John's ear.
  • I vaguely remember that it was growing dark when we left.



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