Have, Take, Make and Give        0  401 reads

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We use verbs like have, take, make and give with nouns like a shower, a drink, a mistake, advice:
I took a shower.
I had a drink.
I made a mistake.
He gave me some advice.


With verbs like this the important part of the meaning is taken out of the verb and put into the noun. We usually put adjectives in front of the nouns:
I took a hot shower.
I had a cool drink.
I made a silly mistake.
He gave me some good advice.


Have

We use have with:
Food and drink: a meal, lunch, dinner etc.
Communicating: a chat, a conversation etc.
Washing: a bath, a shower...
Breaks: a holiday, a rest, a break...
Arguments: an argument, a fight, a disagreement...
We can also use have with nouns made from verbs:
Have a drink, swim, bite...

Take

We use take with:
Washing: a bath, a shower...
Breaks: a holiday, a rest, a break...
We also use take with these expressions:
Take care, take the trouble, take care of, take a photograph.
And with some verbs formed from nouns:
Take a walk, take a look.

Give

We use give with:
Facial expressions: a smile, a laugh, a look...
Making noises: a shout, a cry, a scream...
Hitting: a kick, a punch, a slap...
Actions like: a hug, a kiss...
Communicating: some advice, an answer, a speech, a talk, a report...

Make

We use make with:
Sounds and speaking: a comment, a noise, a promise, a suggestion...
Plans: a choice, a decision, plans, a date, an appointment...

The important thing when practising using these verbs is to make a note of the verb used with the nouns. In other words remember the combination of verb and the noun it is used with.
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