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Take and have

Tim in a cafe

We use the verbs 'have' and 'take' a lot in English, especially if we're speaking or writing informally. For example, Henry the cafe owner said "having a bit of bad luck", "take a deep breath" and "having a go at".

Here some other groups of words that use 'have' and 'take':


Let's have a chat.

Do you mind if I have a word with you?

I need to have a conversation with my boss about taking holidays next week.

We had a terrible argument and now she's not speaking to me.

Go on, have a guess. What you do think happened next?

Take a guess. You'll never believe what she said after that.

experiencing something:

He had cancer for years before he died.

Did you have measles when you were a child?

She had an accident at work.

Tim has had a bit of bad luck recently.

They had a run of really good luck last year.

We had loads of fun at the beach.

They had a miserable time on holiday. The weather was awful and hotel was dirty.

I always have a nap in the afternoon and then I wake up feeling really refreshed.

doing physical actions:

I'm going to take a bath.

She has a shower in the morning.

I'm taking my driving test next week.

You need to take this medicine three times a day for the next two weeks.

He takes the bus to work.

Do you want to have a game of tennis next week?




a trait
a particular characteristic that can produce a particular type of behaviour

make a bob or two
make some money, make a small profit


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