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    #1

    Best verb to go with the noun "delivery"

    Hi,
    Quite a few come to my mind, but I seem to be unable to decide on the best collocation:
    make / perform / effect / realise / execute / carry out / the delivery
    Any other verbs perhaps?

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: Best verb to go with the noun "delivery"

    Hello!

    *I AM NOT A TEACHER OR NATIVE.*

    In my opinion, verbs like "realise" and "effect" don't make collocations with "delivery". In fact, many verbs may come before many nouns in English but by collocation we mean
    a sequence of words or terms that co-occur more often. Is that right?

    But in any case, I think "have" and "take" also can be added to your list.

    Examples
    (from: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/delivery):
    She had an easy delivery.

    The chairman had a clear delivery.

    Example (from
    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-take-delivery-mean.htm)
    I have just taken delivery of a large parcel which arrived at my house.



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    Re: Best verb to go with the noun "delivery"

    OK. I guess I should have been more specific as regards the meaning. Say, we have two parties of a contract, the Buyer and the Seller. The contract involves the delivery of the items ordered by the Buyer. Now, the Seller's duty is to 'make', 'perform', execute'... etc. the delivery? That's the context I was talking about in my original post.

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    #4

    Re: Best verb to go with the noun "delivery"

    Why not deliver the items?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: Best verb to go with the noun "delivery"

    Barb's answer probably makes too much sense in business-speak, where you might be expected to 'make', 'perform', or 'execute' a delivery. But this abuse of the language isn't necessary.
    By the way, the buyer receives the items, but you might need to write, "the buyer becomes possessed of the items."

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    Re: Best verb to go with the noun "delivery"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomasz Klimkiewicz View Post
    OK. I guess I should have been more specific as regards the meaning. Say, we have two parties of a contract, the Buyer and the Seller. The contract involves the delivery of the items ordered by the Buyer. Now, the Seller's duty is to 'make', 'perform', execute'... etc. the delivery? That's the context I was talking about in my original post.
    As Barb_D and Raymott stated, there are easier ways to convey the same meaning. Anyway, I've also seen "send delivery", "commit delivery", and even "deliver delivery".

    "...thanks to this pilot they can send deliveries electronically across borders." (Here)
    "Please be advised that we are unable to commit deliveries to a specific time of the day..." (Here)
    "What happens if I'm not in when for my Shop in branch, we deliver delivery?" (Here)
    Last edited by Ali Hsn; 29-Mar-2014 at 08:26. Reason: way -> ways. "Commit delivery" also added. A comma corrected

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    #7

    Re: Best verb to go with the noun "delivery"

    "We deliver delivery' is very strange.

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    Re: Best verb to go with the noun "delivery"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "We deliver delivery' is very strange.
    Yes, as if it is a kind of "fun with words".

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    Re: Best verb to go with the noun "delivery"

    It is similar to "We mail mail". Not much fun. More repetition.

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    #10

    Re: Best verb to go with the noun "delivery"

    I am not a teacher.

    Business-speak may or may not be to anyone's liking but we are told that the context is one of a contract between a buyer and a seller.
    I find it very unlikely that the seller would deliver anything himself.

    I suggest, "ensure delivery".

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