Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

Collocations With The Word Have

Collocations are words that usually go together in English.

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


Have access

If you 'have access' to someone, you are permitted to be in direct contact with them. If you 'have access' to somethingyou are permitted to enter or obtain it.

Examples

  • The boss has asked not to be disturbed today, so nobody will have access to her.
  • I must have access to those files or else I won't be able to file my report!
  • Having access to the internet is essential in my line of work.


Have something in common (with)

If you 'have something in common with' somebody, you share similar interests, opinions, or characteristics to them.

Examples

  • I just can't get on with Trevor. We just have nothing in common with each other.
  • The meeting with the client went really well. It seems we have quite a few things in common.
  • I didn't think Jack and Diane had anything in common, but they got on like a house on fire when they met!


Have fun

To 'have fun' means to enjoy yourself. It can also be used to wish somebody else a good time before they do something or go somewhere.

Examples

  • had fun at the races. I can't wait to go back there again!
  • Person A: "I'm just going out to meet a friend." Person B: "Okay, have fun!"
  • I haven't heard from Michael since he went on holiday. He's obviously too busy having fun!


Have children

When you 'have children' you produce offspring or become a parent.

Examples

  • I'm hoping to have children one day, but I'm not ready for that commitment just yet.
  • Having children can be difficult, especially when you have to juggle work and family.
  • Jenny is a mother now. She had a child last year.


Have trouble

If you 'have trouble', you experience problems or difficulty.

Examples

  • I know this is your first day, so if you have any trouble then please let me know.
  • Robert was having trouble with his car, so I offered to take a look at it for him.
  • had trouble dealing with that client. She is rude and very demanding.


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