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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She should let a doctor have a look at you. The Prime Minister decided she had heard enough. Toma un descanso, te veo agotado.

The first set of nouns are count nouns; the second set of nouns are uncount nouns or always either singular or plural:. To take the a chance means to do something with a risk of failure.

Lets have a drink! Fox confessed that he had stolen the money. Can you please do the washing? They photographed the pigeons in Trafalgar Square.


And be applied to random noun? We were having a joke.

Delexical Verbs – Methodologies and Approaches in ELT

Take a breakyou look exhausted. My dad always gives me good advice. He gave a vague reply. He took photographs of Vita in her summer house. Both of them gave an involuntary little giggle.

Another group of nouns are often preceded by an indirect object because they describe activities which involve felexical else, apart from the subject.


Delexical structures are very common in current English. 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.

Delexical Verbs

Post as a guest Name. Take a breakyou look exhausted. The President will make his speech at the end of the inauguration. They tell us what somebody is doing.

We need to learn which verbs go with particular nouns. This means that the verbs lose their traditional meaning, and instead form a collocation with the noun. He gave a little sniff. For example, “take a chance” and “have a chance” have different meanings. It was put to him that he was making a serious charge against Mrs Thatcher.

It is very common for non-native English speakers to have difficulty when using these expressions. Can you take a look at my article before I submit it to the publisher? Sir Stephen Brown has given warning that conflict over the plans could lead to a constitutional crisis.

They are called delexical verbs, and the structure which consists of a delexical verb followed by a noun group is called a delexical structure.

He was taking no chances. Delexical structures contribute to the impression of fluency in English given by a foreign user. Iain spoke candidly about the crash.

He gave a shrill gasp of shock. These legends hold a romantic fascination for many Japanese. Let me help you do your hair. I had a glimpse of the speedometer. They replied to his letter.


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. The kind of two-part verbs you give in your post is a second category of verbs and their number is tremendous. Lets have a drink!

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

Sutton gave a shout of triumph. John had a hot shower after his day out in the cold. I look a bath, my second that day.

They had an vrbs last night. There are also some verbs which are transitive. They gave us a wonderfully warn welcome. Lord Young will be giving a first-hand account of the economic difficulties the Russians are struggling to overcome. To have the a chance means to have the opportunity. Por favor, dale a Sally un gran abrazo de mi delexcal. 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.

My private term is verbal expressions:.