Be phrasal verbs

One way to say you are leaving is to say you are ‘off’.

  • I’m off now. See you tomorrow.
  • It’s time I was off or I’ll be late for the meeting.

If you have no more supply/stock of something you are ‘out of’ the item.

  • We’re out of ink for the photocopier. Can you go out and get some?
  • I’m afraid you are out of luck. I sold the last one an hour ago.

If you are depressed and miserable, you are ‘down’.

  • He’s been very down since he lost his job.
  • Why are you so down today?

When you have to submit something by a certain date, it has to be ‘in’ by then.

  • The application has to be in before Friday.
  • The report was supposed to be in last week but I’m still working on it.

If something is ‘on’, it is happening at the moment.

  • There’s a good play on at the theatre. (or should that be theater?)
  • I’m going to London because the sales are on.

If somebody is not present, they are ‘away’.

  • I’m afraid he’s away on holiday.
  • I’m going to be away for a few days.

If food is no longer fresh, it is ‘off’.

  • I think this milk is off. Smell it.
  • That melon is off. Don’t eat it.

If you know some inside information, often a secret, you are ‘in on’ the information.

  • Is Sarah in on our plans? Has anybody told her yet?
  • He won’t let me in on the secret.

If someone is ‘up to’ something, they are doing something secretive that you are not supposed to know about.

  • I don’t know exactly what is happening but Tom is up to something.
  • Why all the whispering? What are you up to?

If someone is ‘on’ something, they are taking something as a form of drug.

  • He’s on 50 cigarettes a day at the moment.
  • She’s on her third cup of coffee and it’s only 9 o’clock.

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11 thoughts on “Be phrasal verbs”

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  2. very useful stuff…. got to knw abt so mny things,..dt i ws nt awre of… wl dfntly try to implenmnt dese verbs in daily routine…. thnkew so much pearson… god bless u..

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