by Liz Walter
Collocation, or the way we put words together, is a very important part of English. In this post, I am going to look at some of the most common mistakes learners make with verb + noun collocations. If you make these errors, people will still understand you, but your English will not sound natural and you will lose marks in exams.
I made one mistake in my calculations.
She made a big effort to be friendly.
They did some changes to the rules.
I usually do my homework after school.
Scientists did an experiment to test the theory.
We had to make some research about tigers.
We had a party on Saturday.
We made a party on Saturday.
He took/did his driving test last week.
He made his driving test last week.
I took a photograph of the house.
I made a photograph of the house.
I hope you make some friends soon.
I hope you get some friends soon.
We made/took the decision to leave.
We had/did the decision to leave.
Make, not ‘say’, is also used with comment:
He made some unpleasant comments about my work.
He said some unpleasant comments about my work.
She gave several examples of successful local businesses.
She said several examples of successful local businesses.
Don’t tell me any more lies!
Don’t say me any more lies!
I hope you find this useful – learning collocations is one of the best ways to improve your English!