All Important Uses of Delexical Verb ‘Give’

One Should Have Knowledge On Delexical Verbs As They Have Extensive Usages In Our Everyday Life

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The verb ‘give’ is a widely used common verb, which is also a delexical verb. As a delexical verb, this verb has wide range of uses in our everyday communication. In this article, we have discussed all important uses of the verb ‘give’, which we think one should know as a English language learner.

Well, let us first learn what delexical verbs are, their definitions and their functions etc.

Definition of Delexical Verbs : 

Delexical verbs are some common verbs such as take, give, have, do and go. In sentences, they are usually followed by pure nouns or nouns formed from verbs like hit, cry, talk, walk etc.

Most notably, when a delexical verb is used in a sentence, the meaning of it goes with the noun itself, not the verb. That’s the fact. These verbs have wide applications in our everyday life.

Uses of Give As A Delexical Verb : 

Like other delexical verbs such as take, have, do and go, the verb give has diverse usages in our daily communication, both casual and formal. Let us learn today some practical applications of this verb as a delexical one :

A. Give is used with sound words like a cry, a laugh, a whistle etc. Look at the sentences below :

1. I could not but gave a huge laugh upon hearing so funny words from my younger sister.

2. My little son usually gives a cry whenever it (he) even hears the whistle of a bus coming from a bit distance.

3. Please give me a knock when you exit office as I have some talks with you.

B. It is applied with facial expressions like a smile, a look, a grin etc. That means whenever you need to deliver any such expressions, you can use this verb. See the examples below :

1. We all gave a happy smile upon noticing the moon appeared in the sky, signaling Eid-ul-Fitr being held tomorrow.

2.  Please give a look at what’s going on in the next room.

3. My mother usually gives a big smile whenever she sees me back at home.

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C. We use give when we do some affectionate actions like a kiss, a hug, etc. Look at the sentences below :

1.  I give a goodnight kiss on the forehead of my son every night.

2. Always try to give a light hug to your young children as it helps boost bonds.

3. Celebrities usually give flying kiss to their fans.

D. We use delexical verb give when we do talking like interview, lecture, speech, warning etc. Give a look at the examples below :

1. We usually love to ‘give lectures’ instead of doing actual work.

2. The PM yesterday gave a strong speech to the nation, signaling a big shift in tackling corruption.

3. I have to give a speech at the office meeting tomorrow as the meet relates to my department.

4. Our boss gave an interview last night on Independent TV hosted by anchor Lily Bash.

5. In the Victory Day speech on May 9, Vladimir Putin gave a strong warning to the west over Ukraine war.

E. We use give also when we do hit-like actions such as punch, kick, blow, push, knock etc. See the examples below : 

1. Yesterday a junior gave me a strong push when he was going down the stairs at speed.

2. All the passengers in the bus gave punches on the face of a suspected snatcher.

Final Words : 

The uses of delexical verbs are quite easy but practice is the key to having a gasp over them. Good luck and keep learning with us!


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