Useful collocations for the B2 First exam
There are some general rules for when we use make, do and have.
Make is used with most nouns for ways of speaking/planning. For example, you make a complaint, a promise, an offer, a threat, a speech, an apology, a point, a confession, an accusation, a suggestion, an arrangement, a decision, a plan, an appointment.
Have is used with most nouns which involve a two-way discussion. For example, you have a conversation, a chat, a discussion, an argument, a fight, a row, a meeting, an interview. We also often use have + a + verb (where the verb and the noun are the same). For example, have a look, a rest, a sleep, a drink, a walk, a go.
Do is often used with words connected with work. For example, you do the housework, some cleaning, business, your homework.
However, these rules aren't perfect and there are lots of fixed expressions which you will need to remember.
Look at the information in the table for a couple of minutes and try to remember the words. Then click below to hide the information and try to answer the questions at the bottom.
fun of someone
a phone call
sb a favour
sth in common
advantage of sb
care of sb
sth into account
no notice of sth
part in sth
the opportunity (to do sth)
Test your memory: choose the correct word to complete each of these expressions - make, do, have or take. Note: questions are repeated to help you remember the expressions.
When you are ready, follow this link for more practice using these expressions with make, do, have and take.