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An introduction to Collocation - a lesson plan
by Tanju Deveci
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Dear Jill,

How is everything? I am sorry about not writing to you for a long time. I am very busy these days.

I want to tell you that I am having a difficult time. I want to have your opinion about what to do. First, let me explain what's going on.
I made a new friend a few months ago. We became very close. Actually, we became more than friends. We are lovers now! He is a nice boy, and I like him a lot, but we have some problems. Maybe this is because our personalities are different. He is a student like me. His name is Hulusi. His favourite hobby is watching TV or doing nothing. He always talks about making money. I can't understand why he behaves like this.
I wanted to speak to him about this many times. But he never agrees to talk to me about it. He says when he makes a mistake, I should forgive him. Yes, I want to help our relationship, but I am not making any progress. Believe me, I am doing my best to save our relationship. However, I should say that I am losing hope.

Please give me some ideas.

Write to me soon.
With love

Your unhappy friend Güllü.

 

Answer Key:
Dear Jill,

How is everything? I am sorry about not writing to you for a long time. I am very busy these days.

I want to tell you that I am having a difficult time. I want to have your opinion about what to do. First, let me explain what's going on.
I made a new friend a few months ago. We became very close. Actually, we became more than friends. We are lovers now! He is a nice boy, and I like him a lot, but we have some problems. Maybe this is because our personalities are different. He is a student like me. His name is Hulusi. His favourite hobby is watching TV or doing nothing. He always talks about making money. I can't understand why he behaves like this.
I wanted to speak to him about this many times. But he never agrees to talk to me about it. He says if he has made a mistake, I should forgive him. Yes, I want to help our relationship, but I am not making any progress. Believe me, I am doing my best to save our relationship. However, I should say that I am losing hope.

Please give me some ideas.

Write me soon.
With love

Your unhappy friend Güllü.

 

Fill in the blanks with the correct word 'make', 'do' or 'have'. You might need to make changes to these words.

Suzan : Did you 1)………..a good day then?
Hulusi : It was OK. A bit tiring and boring.
Suzan : Why is that?
Hulusi : You know about the homework I had to do. I hate 2)……… homework. And after school I met Güllü and we 3)…………a fight.
Suzan : Oh yes. I think you argue a lot. I wonder why?
Hulusi : She asks too many questions.
Suzan : I see.
Hulusi : Yeah.
Suzan : What do your parents say about this?
Hulusi : They don't know about Güllü and me.
Suzan : Why not?
Hulusi : They are busy people and I don't want to worry them.
Suzan : What does your father do?
Hulusi : He 4)………… business with Istanbul's most dangerous mafia-men, and comes home very rarely. But he 5) …………… a lot of money!
Suzan : Really? What about your mother?
Hulusi : After my mother 6)……….her second child, my younger brother Selos, she got very busy doing housework and looking after the baby.
Suzan : That must be difficult for you.
Hulusi : Not really. I am happy.
Suzan : But Güllü is not!

 

The Answer Key:

Suzan : Did you 1) HAVE a good day then?
Hulusi : It was OK. A bit tiring and boring.
Suzan : Why is that?
Hulusi : You know about the homework I had to do. I hate 2) DOING homework. And after school I met Güllü and we 3) HAD a fight.
Suzan : Oh yes. I think you argue a lot. I wonder why?
Hulusi : She asks too many questions.
Suzan : I see.
Hulusi : Yeah.
Suzan : What do your parents say about this?
Hulusi : They don't know about Güllü and me.
Suzan : Why not?
Hulusi : They are busy people and I don't want to worry them.
Suzan : What does your father do?
Hulusi : He 4) DOES business with Istanbul's most dangerous mafia-men, and comes home very rarely. But he 5) MAKES a lot of money.
Suzan : Really? What about your mother?
Hulusi : After my mother 6) HAD her second child, my younger brother Selos, she got very busy doing housework and looking after the baby.
Suzan : That must be difficult for you.
Hulusi : Not really. I am happy.
Suzan : But Güllü is not!

 

Phrases with 'have', 'make' and 'do'


(to) have

(to) make


(to) do


 

The Answer Key:

Phrases with 'have', 'make' and 'do'

(to) have

a difficult time
someone's opinion about something
problems
a good day
a fight
have a child

(to) make

friends
money
a mistake
progress

(to) do

nothing
one's best
homework
business with someone

Biodata

anju Deveci studied Adult Education at Ankara University, Turkey. He did masters in English Language Teaching at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, and received his PhD degree in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning from Ankara University. He taught EAP in Bilkent University, and Sabanci University in Turkey. Currently, he works as an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi.
Among his research areas are speech acts, andragogical orientations of language learners, learning styles and lexical competence.
Tanju Deveci can be contacted at: tanjudeveci@yahoo.com


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