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Common expressions with give
Some verbs referring to sounds made by people (e.g. cough, laugh, cry, scream, shout, chuckle) are often replaced by a structure with give and a noun.
Common expressions are:
Give a cry
She gave a scream and ran out of the room. (= She screamed and ran out of the room.)
This structure can also be used with an indirect object. Common expressions are:
Give something a push
I will give you a ring before I arrive.
We say take an exam, not give an exam. Similarly, we say take a photo, not give a photo.
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