3. 'have' and 'take' collocations

3. 'have' and 'take' collocations

Bill's terrible day

Main Practice:     collocations with 'have' and 'take' 
Revision:               common expressions  -  as (meaning 'because')

-  not interesting, i.e.
  • The movie was really boring.

crash  -  (verb and noun) vehicles colliding, i.e.

  • I saw a bad car crash on the way home.
  • The truck crashed into a supermarket.

(an) idiot  -  a person behaving stupidly, i.e.
  • My brother's an idiot. He never studied, then he wondered why he
   failed all his exams.  

 -  memory stick

to take notes  -  to write down information

you poor thing   -  the speaker is expressing sympathy, i.e.

-  I missed the bus, couldn't get a taxi and had to walk home in the snow
    without a coat. I'm freezing.
-  Oh, you poor thing, come and sit by the fire and I'll make you a hot drink.


Bill, a high school teacher, comes home. His wife, Samantha, a journalist, asks if he's had a good day but no, unfortunately, Bill's had a terrible day.

Put ‘have' or ‘take' and their tense changes into the gaps.

Sam:  Did you a good day?

Bill:   No, I a terrible day. Everything went wrong.

Sam:  Oh, sorry, darling, tell me about it.

Bill:   First, I Tim to school when some idiot came 
            the wrong way out of the car  park. So we a small crash.
            Then I got to school and found I didn't my flash-drive
            for the first lesson.

Sam:  Oh no, what did you do?

Bill:    I asked the students to notes from me. Very boring for them.

Sam:   And the next thing?

Bill:    Well, I was * my break when the Head asked me to
             teach a Year Nine class this afternoon because a teacher was sick.
             I was supposed to  the afternoon off but I  to teach
             the most difficult class in the school.

Sam:  Oh, you poor thing. Was it very bad?

Bill:    Terrible. I had to  away all the pupil's mobile phones before
             I could get them to do any work.

Sam:   Okay, so nothing else went wrong?

Bill:    All that was enough, Sam. How was your day?

Sam:   Well, I a great day. I the bus into town and
              a very nice lunch with Liz. Then we visited the museum,
             and then we a lovely tea.

Bill:    Wonderful. Well, I'm going to * a shower and then relax.

Sam:   Now, as you've such a terrible day why don't I you
             to the cinema tonight; we can see that movie you wanted to see?

Bill:    That would be great. Thanks, Sam.

* To take a break and take a shower are also possible.


Try these other collocations of ‘have' and ‘take'.
Remember to change tense where necessary.

1.  Can you help me, I a problem?

2.  I've been working hard, I'm going to a rest.

3.  Shall we a taxi to the cinema?

4.  Bye, bye, a good time at the party.

5.  Don't make a noise. Jane's studying. She's her exams next week.

6.  - I'll be ready to leave in a minute.
     - That's OK, your time.

7.  What time are you lunch?

8.  My hair looks terrible. I think I'll a haircut today.

9.  Look at that sunset. Quick, a photo.

10. I haven't spoken to my sister for a month. We an argument.