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.