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V.9.4 - General lexical collocation

Make and Do Explained

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Make

Generally make means 'create'.

For example: make breakfast or make a speech. However, there are some exceptions.

Never say: make a party, in English we use throw a party or organise a party.

Do

Generally do is for activities.

Make? Do? Get?

Average: 3.9 (7 votes)

Collocations are the natural combination of words. In English it refers to the way words are linked with each other. For example, have and a haircut go together, so do catch and cold; get and married, and free with time:

Play Do Go - Sports Verbs

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A common topic of conversation is the sports people enjoy playing and watching – so it's important to know which verb to use!

When we discuss sport there are three verbs that we use: play, go and do.

For example:

"I play table-tennis."
"I go fishing. "
"I do yoga."

Do Make Take Have

Average: 4.4 (15 votes)

Collocations are words that go together. For example:

"In this class everyone must do their homework".

Do and homework go together. In the following sentences can you decide what the correct collocation is? You have four choices:

Do
Make
Take
Have

Mixed Collocations

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Collocations are words that usually appear next to each other in sentences.

For example, make + a noise are a collocation because we often use them together, "This is a library so please do not make a noise."

We say 'make a noise' not 'do a noise' or 'have a noise'.

'Take' and 'Have' Collocations

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Here's some collocations with take and have.

The best way to learn collocations is through practice because there are no clear rule. The more you look at them, the more familiar they will become. We recommend writing some example sentences below.

Did anyone get 10/10? Which ones did you get wrong?

Go, Do, Play - Sports Collocations

Average: 3.9 (23 votes)

Hi everyone, here's some sports collocations for you!

Go is generally used for sports and activities ending in –ing (but not always).
"Let's go skiing this winter."

Do is generally used for individual sports and fighting sports.
"My son can do Judo."

'Make' and 'Do' Collocations - pre-intermediate level

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Hi everyone! It's time for collocations today.

Remember:

Make is generally used for when we create something new.
"When it snows we make a snowman."

Do is generally used for activities.
"I do my homework when I get home."

Choose the correct option and good luck!

Verb-noun collocations for Elementary students

Average: 3.1 (12 votes)

EC Students in Cape Town

There are certain verbs that always go with certain nouns. We call this a collocation. Read 3 diary entries of a few students and choose the correct verbs from the box below to fill in on the blank space. Each verb can be used more than once.

Confusing Words - Look, See, Watch and Listen & Hear

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Simple words are often easy to confuse.

Today I want you to explain me about the difference between look, see & watch and then listen & hear.

Use the comments section to explain what's the difference in meaning and give some example sentences. To get you thinking, I have created a ten-question quiz for you to try.

So who is going to be the first person to write a explanation?

I know you can do it!