English Phrasal Verbs – out part 4

If you ‘show somebody out’, you show them the door out of the building.

  • My secretary will show you out.
  • Could you show Ms Smith out?

If you ‘set out’, you start a journey or activity.

  • We need to set out early if we want to get there in time for lunch.
  • I set out to be an architect but ended up a zoologist.

To ‘set out’ can also mean to give all the details or a full explanation.

  • She set out all the facts clearly in her presentation.
  • The contract clearly sets out your terms of employment.

If you ‘cross something out’, you draw a line through it because it is wrong.

  • You can’t just cross out things you don’t like in the contract. We need to retype it.
  • Just cross out her name and put your own in its place.

If you ‘miss out’ on something, you don’t get something that you would like that other people get.

  • I missed out on the bonus because I’d not met my sales targets.
  • There are some real bargains in the sales. Make sure you don’t miss out.

If you ‘pass out’, you lose consciousness.

  • He had too much to drink and passed out.
  • It was so hot that I thought I was going to pass out.

If you ‘pass something out’, you distribute it to people in the room.

  • I’m going to pass out a copy of the letter for you to study.
  • Could someone pass out these papers, please?

If you ‘point someone or something out’,  you indicate where they are, either by speaking or by pointing your finger.

  • If Diana is at this party, I’ll point her out to you.
  • Martin pointed out several mistakes I had made.

If you ‘point something out’, you tell them a fact they did not know, usually relevant to the current discussion.

  • Harry pointed out that our sale in China were rising rapidly.
  • I must point out that this new system has several disadvantages.

If you ‘share something out’, you divide it into smaller amounts and give one part to each person.

  • We shared out the bonus between seven of us.
  • You need to share out the work equally between you.

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