English is full of collocations, which is a big word for a combination of certain words that frequently appear together. The individual meaning of the words doesn’t change but when combined, the meaning slightly changes.
Collocation = a combination of words that frequently appears together, starting with a verb
Learning collocations will help you recognize the meaning of certain phrases quickly and will provide you with more vocabulary.
Remember that the verb “to have” normally indicates possession but with these combinations, it means that the indicated happened.
Let’s look at some of the common combinations of words that start with the verb “have”.
“Have fun” means to enjoy what you’re doing, to like what you’re doing.
- Have fun at the party!
- I had so much fun yesterday.
- They have fun every time they go to the pool.
Have a good time
“Have a good time” means the same thing as “have fun”. It means to enjoy what you’re doing.
- Have a good time at the party!
- I had such a good time yesterday.
- They have a good time every time they go to the pool.
Have a baby
“Have a baby” means to give birth. It is the process of delivering a baby. It can also be used to say that you’re pregnant.
- We’re going to have a baby!
- She had her baby yesterday.
- It ‘s okay to have a baby at the hospital.
Have a headache / Have a toothache
“Have a headache” means to feel pain in your head, a headache. “Have a toothache” means the same thing but in your tooth.
- I have a headache right now.
- You have had a toothache for the past week?
- How long have you had your headache?
Have an argument
“Have an argument” means to argue with someone else.
- We had an argument last night.
- She doesn’t want to have an argument with you.
- They have an argument every night.
The more collocations that you learn, the more you’ll feel confident in using English. You’ll know how native English speakers really use these words and understand more of what is said.