I am a native English speaker, relatively fluent in German - but something I continue to find quite difficult is to get a sense of which verb is appropriate for a given noun. It's possible this is idiomatic, but there are definitely combinations which are seldom, if ever used by native speakers.
A very simple example:
- I would drive a car
- I would create an opportunity
- I would take a picture
- I would determine a solution
Obviously I could pilot a car, for example - it is technically fine, but it doesn't sound native at all.
Likewise, a native German would never say "Ich nehme ein Foto", unless they're actually taking something, I suppose.
What I'm wondering about here is linguistic tendency - for example, I've read that the (American) English tendency is to put shortest words first in a list of words e.g. "I saw a dog, a cat, and a walrus." It's just something that's done, but knowing this would help someone learning English tremendously, I believe.
Is there a similar linguistic tendency with noun/verb pairings that could be used a generalized rule?
I did find a similar question, and provided great references, but wondering about the tendency.