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Collocation Use with Catch, Pay, Keep

The verbs 'catch', 'pay' and 'keep' are among the most common in English and are used with a number of nous as set expressions. It is often true that another verb might make sense, but these combinations are expected by the listener. Each noun is followed by a drop down box. To get the most out of this quiz, decide whether 'catch', 'pay' or 'keep' should be used with the noun listed. For even more practice, make sure to write example sentences to practice these expressions.

Choose which one of the following three verbs goes with the expressions listed below

Catch Pay Keep
a cold


a pet

a bus


the bill

a promise


someone's attention

a ball


the price

someone's place

by check

a thief

someone a vist

a fright

an appointment

by surprise

a salary




a secret

a diary

someone a compliment

someone's eye

a mouse

the change


Combinations with Take, Have and Break

Combinations with Catch, Pay and Keep

Combinations with Save, Find and Go

Combinations with Come, Get and Feel

Combinations with Miss, Get, Do and Make

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