List of Most Common Collocations

List of Most Common Collocations

A word or phrase that is often used with another word or phrase, in a way that sounds correct to people who have spoken the language all their lives.

Collocation with Have and Do

have a bathdo business
have a drinkdo nothing
have a good timedo someone a favour
have a haircutdo the cooking
have a holidaydo the housework
have a problemdo the shopping
have a relationshipdo the washing up
have a restdo your best
have lunchdo your hair
have sympathydo your homework

Collocation with Take and Break

take a breakbreak a habit
take a chancebreak a leg
take a lookbreak a promise
take a restbreak a record
take a seatbreak a window
take a taxibreak someone’s heart
take an exambreak the ice
take notesbreak the law
take someone’s placebreak the news to someone
take someone’s temperaturebreak the rules

Collocation with Pay and Save

pay a finesave electricity
pay attentionsave energy
pay by credit cardsave money
pay cashsave one’s strength
pay interestsave someone a seat
pay someone a complimentsave someone’s life
pay someone a visitsave something to a disk
pay the billsave space
pay the pricesave time
pay your respectssave yourself the trouble

Collocation with Come and Go

come closego abroad
come complete withgo astray
come directgo bad
come earlygo bald
come firstgo bankrupt
come into viewgo blind
come lastgo crazy
come latego dark
come on timego deaf
come preparedgo fishing
come right backgo mad
come secondgo missing
come to a compromisego on foot
come to a decisiongo online
come to an agreementgo out of business
come to an endgo overseas
come to a standstillgo quiet
come to terms withgo sailing
come to a total ofgo to war
come under attackgo yellow

Collocation with Make and Keep

make a differencekeep a diary
make a messkeep a promise
make a mistakekeep a secret
make a noisekeep an appointment
make an effortkeep calm
make furniturekeep control
make moneykeep in touch
make progresskeep quiet
make roomkeep someone’s place
make troublekeep the change

Collocation with Catch and Get

catch a ballget a job
catch a busget a shock
catch a chillget angry
catch a coldget divorced
catch a thiefget drunk
catch fireget frightened
catch sight ofget home
catch someone’s attentionget lost
catch someone’s eyeget married
catch the fluget nowhere

Additional Resources

  1. The Academic Collocation List
  2. Collocations Worksheets
  3. Collocations Quiz
  4. Another Collocation Quiz
  5. Online Collocation Dictionary