Collocations With The Word Create

Collocations are words that usually go together in English.

Here we are going to look at words that go with the word 'create' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.

Create an opportunity (for)

If you 'create an opportunity', you make an opening or chance to do something. 


  • If you want to have a successful career, you can't wait to be handed things. You have to create opportunities for yourself.
  • Paul's absence will create an opportunity for Kevin to stake his claim for a place in the team.
  • The goal of the new scheme is to create job opportunities for young people living in deprived areas.

Create a problem

When you 'create a problem', you cause trouble or difficulty.


  • If you take a hard-line approach to dealing with the protesters then you will only create more problems.
  • By not asking for help, you're only creating problems for yourself!
  • Tone down your attitude and stop looking to create a problem! 

Create employment/jobs

To 'create employment/jobs' means to generate the opportunity for paid work.


  • The government have stated their willingness to back any scheme that will help create employment.
  • Our major overseas project created employment for local workers.
  • The factory has been creating jobs in that area for over a decade.

Create havoc

Something or somebody who 'creates havoc', causes damage, disorder, or trouble.


  • Peter is such an antagonistic person. He's created havoc since he's been here!
  • The hurricane is expected to create havoc when it hits land later tonight.
  • A taxi drivers' strike is creating havoc in the city as their cars are blocking all the main roads. 

Create interest

If something 'creates interest', it generates excitement or curiosity, or grabs people's attention.


  • We need to come up with an advertising campaign that will create interest in our product.
  • The director's new movie has created a lot of interest. It will likely be a big hit.
  • Angela's proposal is creating interest among the board members. I think it will be given the green light.

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