Learning other phrases apart from the common meanings of the words will help your IELTS as the examiner is trained to listen for your ability to collocate in the speaking and take account of it in your writing.
Take and break are commonly used in English so you should make sure you understand the different meanings.
The commonly known meaning of the word take is when we talk about removing or moving something (sometimes without permission) or accepting something.
For example, he took my book; take your lunch to work; do they take (accept) credit cards here?
However, there are other take collocations.
Have is also a common meaning of the word, but there are other common examples:
|Take someone's place||Substitute / stand in for someone/thing else|
|Take place||Happen / occur|
|Take notes||Record what is observed or heard|
|Take a chance||Risk something in the hope of a favorable outcome|
|Take an exam/a test||Have / sit an exam or test|
|Take care of||Look after someone/thing|
|Take a look||Have a look at / examine something carefully|
|Take a break||Have a short rest from something|
|Take a holiday||Have a holiday|
|Take a rest||Have a rest|
Now practice these words by deciding which take collocation fits in the gap:
Break is commonly known for it's literal meaning which is to break (i.e. smash / damage) something e.g. to break a window, break a pencil, break a leg. These are collocations that you will probably be more familiar with.
However, it can be used in other ways. For example you can break a law or break a heart.
Below is a list of some common collocations with break, followed by an exercise to practice them.
|Break someone's heart||Cause deep emotional pain and grief to somebody|
|Break a law||To do something illegal|
|Break a promise||Not keeping a promise|
|Have a break||To have a short rest from work/study|
|Break a record||Set a new record|
|Break the news||To make known new information|
|Break free||To get s/th out of the hold of s/th else|
|Break the rules||Disregarding rules|
|Big break||Significant good fortune or opportunity|
|Break the deadlock||End the inability to proceed with something|