Grammar

Common Verbal Phrases in English

Common Verbal Phrases in English
Common Verbal Phrases in English

Some nouns are seen so regularly with only certain verbs, that these combinations are known as verbal phrases. Learn and use correctly the common verbal phrases in English mentioned in the table below:

Common Verbal Phrases in English

         

Have

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

do business
do nothing
do someone a favor
do the cooking
do the housework
do the shopping
do the washing up
do your best
do your hair
do your homework

 

Make

Make
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 end

Come to standstill

Come to terms with

Come to a total of

Come under attack

Go

go abroad

go astray

go bad

go bald

go bankrupt

go blind

go crazy

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

get a job

get a shock

get angry

get divorced

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

Miscellaneous Set Phrases

Time

right 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

run out of time

save times

pare time

spend some time

take your time

tell someone the time

time goes by

time passes

waste time

Business English

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

Classifiers

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

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