Questions tagged [light-verbs]

for questions about the verbs like 'have', 'take', 'make', 'give', 'go' and 'do' which have most of their meaning when combined with another expression (usually a noun). These are also called "delexical verbs" or "thin verbs". For example, 'take' in "I will take a break later." or 'make' in "They made plans to meet tomorrow."

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Is “doing a Batman cosplay” idiomatic?

Is "doing a Batman cosplay" idiomatic? Googling it seems to return a few results, but I am not sure if it's idiomatic, because cosplay is a relatively new word and it doesn't really sound natural. Is ...
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Do/make a hairstyle

Is it natural to say: She made a hairstyle. She did a hairstyle. What sounds natural: make/do?
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What is “are you”?

What is "are you" in the question "Are you going to the beach?" I thought it might be a verb phrase but when I looked up the definition of this type of phrase in the WJEC A Level English Language ...
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What is the difference between push and give a push? [duplicate]

I would like to know the difference between push and give a push when used in the conversation. Why people use the phrase, 'give a push' instead of the word, 'push'? ex) walk=take a walk, shower=take ...
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Can “I am taken care of by her” be rewritten as “I am taken care by her” ?

"I am taken care of by her." The above sentence has two prepositions: "of" and "by". For me to learn English, using both "of" and "by" simultaneously is very hard to understand. Are these necessary ...
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Have a listen vs have listens vs have listen

Have a listen to the CD. Have listens to the CD. Have listen to the CD. Are they correct? Can countable nouns take plural forms with this kind of delexical verbs?
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I'm doing teaching

I am doing teaching A teacher told me that it's totally incorrect. I thought that we may use "double participle" together. But I think "teaching" is a noun over here. As I am doing work. "Work" ...
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What does 'take a shower' or 'shower' mean?

There are two sentences below: She took a shower in the bathroom. He showered in the bathroom. What is the difference between 'take a shower' and 'shower' in meaning?
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Delexical verb (Have & Take) uses

When do exactly we choose to use have or take? 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 chance Can't be transformed to ...
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Does “take the leap” have the exactly same meaning as “make a leap”?

I read this sentence, ...to leave print and take the leap into a digital future. (Tina Brown.A New Chapter.Newsweek.Dec 31,2012.5) I haven't found the phrase "take the leap" in my dictionaries. ...