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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Can you take care of my dogs while I am on vacation? Delexical structures are verbz common in current English. Make for more delexical structures with these two verbs. Can you please do the washing?

Delexical Verbs – Methodologies and Approaches in ELT

For example, “take a chance” and “have a chance” have different meanings. If you go to the bookstore tomorrow between 2PM and 3PM, you’ll have the chance to meet your favorite author. My mistakebath is actually not “a verb transformed to a noun, but its absolutely a noun. I’d rather delexiczl a swim. There are also some verbs which are transitive.


Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and xelexical policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. The Prime Minister decided she had heard enough. Can you take care of my dogs while I am on vacation?

They photographed the pigeons in Trafalgar Square.

Verbs with little meaning: delexical verbs

We need to have a conversation. We need to learn which verbs go with particular nouns.

One group of these nouns refer to physical activities. Email Required, but never shown. I glimpsed a bright flash of gold on delezical left. We’ll have to take the chance. Do you think I have a chance? Here is a list of nouns which are used after ‘make’ and have a related reporting verb: Toma un descanso, te veo agotado.

When you use the word as a noun in a delexical structure, you are naming an event, something which is complete. I’m going to take a chance. Post as a guest Name. She should let a doctor have a look at you. And be applied to random noun?

They agreed to make a few minor changes. They replied to his letter. These legends hold a romantic fascination for many Japanese. He gave a shrill gasp of shock. John had a hot shower after his day out in the cold.


Another group of nouns are often preceded by an indirect object because they describe activities which involve someone else, apart from the subject.

English lesson: Delexical Verbs

Benn made a sincere personal appeal to the Committee. Zoe gave a sigh of relief. Stage 7 Stage 8. When the word is a verb, as in ‘I looked round the room’, you are focusing on the action of locking. We’re playing the best team in the league next week, and two of our best players are injured.

Lets have a drink! Modern dictionaries focus more and more on these verbal expressions. A standard name for delexkcal verbs is lacking and “delexical verbs” is not the best.

Other nouns used with ‘make’ express speech actions other than reports, or describe change, results, effort, and so on.

She signalled for a de,exical. The Bank of England signalled that there would be no change in interest rates. Stage 7 Stage 8 Generally, verbs are words that describe actions.