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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My private term is verbal expressions:. A Harvard scientist was once allowed in to have a peep. Mi padre siempre me da buenos consejos. Sometimes different delexical verbs can be used with a noun to give different meanings.

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They replied to his letter. We were having a joke. He gave a shrill gasp of shock. Here is a list of nouns which refer to speech actions: She took little ladylike sips of the cold drink. Give me a shout when you are ready to go. Modern dictionaries focus more and more on these verbal expressions. Using delexical structures allows us to add additional information to the action by using adjectives with the nouns, rather than an adverb, which at vers can sound awkward.

For example, we have a coffee; do exercise; make a cake; take a photograph.

Delexical Verbs

He gave a rare chuckle. I am going to drive three hours and show up at their door, to surprise them. The kind of two-part verbs you give in your post is a second category of verbs and their number verb tremendous.


Here is a list of nouns which are used after ‘make’ and have a related reporting verb:.

I want to ask her to the dance. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. She had a good cry. She should let a doctor have a look at you. Stage 7 Stage 8. Delexical structures contribute to the impression of fluency in English given by a foreign user. Take a breakyou look exhausted. You made the right decision.

He had been out all day taking pictures of the fighting. In these delexical structures most of the meaning is found in the noun, not in the verb. The President will make his speech at the end of the inauguration. When should we use each verb?

This is the case not only with the above mentioned example, but in many of the examples discussed here. She decided to take a stroll along the beach. It is very common for non-native English speakers to have difficulty when using these expressions. depexical

Call and tell us your English-lenguage needs and we find the best solution tailored for you. When the word is a verb, as vrrbs ‘I looked round the room’, you are focusing on the action of locking. Next year I will have a long holiday in France.

The label on this antiobiotic says it’s expired. My mistakebath is actually not “a verb transformed delexicla a noun, but its absolutely a noun. Lord Young delexcal be giving a first-hand account of the economic difficulties the Russians are struggling to overcome.

If you want to make use of such verbs you have to make your own collection. Most of the meaning of the sentence is carried by the noun ‘shower’. We’re playing the best team in the league next week, and two of our best players are injured. This structure often seems to be preferred to a structure in which the verb has greater prominent which corresponds to the delexical structure is often intransitive.


The first set of nouns are count nouns; the second set of nouns are uncount nouns or always either singular or plural:. Henry Cecil commented that the ground was too firm.

I look a bath, my second that day. But generally delexical verbs are not interchangeable and they can’t go with just any verb – their use is idiomatic.

One group of these nouns refer to physical activities. For example, “take a chance” and “have a chance” have different meanings. Other nouns used with ‘make’ express speech actions other than reports, or describe change, results, effort, and so on. I might take a stroll. A Nina no le gusta ir de compras. She made a remark about the weather. Run, play, talk, learn, sit, go, read, eat, watch, stand, choose, drink, etc.

My dad always gives me good advice. Now and then she makes a comment on something. The Government fought against suggestions that it should take full blame for the affair. See the lesson Do vs.