Sometimes, however, verbs rely on the nouns that accompany them for their meaning. When this happens, we call such verbs ‘delexical’ (or ‘light’) verbs. Verbs with little meaning: delexical verbs. There are a number of very common verbs which are used with nouns as their object to indicate simply that someone. Bath and chance are not verbs. “*Take a choose” is grammatically incorrect since choose is a verb. To make it grammatically correct you can.

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Delexical Verbs

They look sort of having similar context I have a bath I take a bath And by the way, I saw that I take a delexicxl Can’t be transformed to I have a chance Can it?

Don’t you think that they are a bit idiomatic? Take a breakyou look exhausted. Zoe gave a sigh of relief. Iain spoke candidly about the crash.

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I do not know what you’re referring to by “they” and “their”. John had a hot shower after his day out in the cold. She made a signal. Now and then she makes a comment on something. Modern dictionaries focus more and more on these verbal expressions. I need to take a longhot bath. Sign up using Facebook. Bath and chance are not verbs. They photographed the pigeons in Trafalgar Square. Mi padre siempre me da buenos consejos. A Nina no le gusta ir de compras. For example, “take a chance” and “have a chance” have different meanings.


Some of these nouns refer to verbal or facial actions. I haven’t made a full confessionsir. To have a any chance means there is some possibility of success. Sometimes there is such a verb, but the form is slightly different. Lets have a drink! There are also some verbs which are transitive. Try not to make so much noise. He made the shortest speech I’ve ever heard.

Next year I will have a long holiday in France.

Both have and take are delexical verbs, and their combinations with “bath” are collocations which are almost synonyms in this case there may be a regional preference.

We need to have a conversation. We could have a talk. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Here is a list of nouns which refer to physical activities: I’ll make some enquiries for you. See the lesson Do vs. Here is a list of nouns which can be preceded by an indirect object: One candidate resigned, deciding that banking was not for her.

I had a glimpse of the speedometer. You can find more information about delexical verbs here. Even Lally had a little sip of wine. The delexical structures using a lot of these nouns are closely related to reporting structures, which are explained in Chapter 7.


Verbs with little meaning: delexical verbs

Have you made the arrangements for your trip yet? En estas estructuras la mayor parte del significado se encuentra en el sustantivo, no en el verbo. The Prime Minister decided she had heard enough.

Give me a shout when you are ready to go. Verhs Bank of England signalled that there would be no change in interest rates. Verbs with little meaning: Delexical structures are very common in current English. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Delexicxl you please do the washing?

Sutton gave a shout of triumph. But these are idioms rather than phrasal verbs and so are not compositional i.

They gave us a wonderfully warn welcome. Beth goes swimming every day.

He gave a little sniff. He gave a laugh. They replied to his letter. Let’s not have a quarrel. The Oxford poetry professor is required to give a lecture every term.