Let's start with a short quiz. Choose the best answer.
1. Which of these is good English?
a) make a photo
b) take a photo
c) do a photo
2. Which of these is good English?
a) have a party
b) make a party
c) do a party
3. Which of these is NOT good English?
a) take a decision
b) make a decision
c) do a decision
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1 b We say "take a photo" in English.
When I go on holiday, I usually take lots of photos.
2 a We say "have a party" in English.
I'm having a party on Friday. Would you like to come?
3 c "Do a decision" is NOT good English.
We made / took the decision to close the school and move the lessons online.
I usually say "make a decision" but I hear "take a decision" quite often too.
A combination of words that go together like this is called a collocation. It's useful to learn the words together as a phrase and not just learn single words.
If you want to check if a collocation is correct, you might be able to find out in a normal dictionary but there are some collocation dictionaries online too. Here are three for you to try:
Online Oxford Collocation Dictionary
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