Phrasal verbs – talk

These exercises are about using the verb ‘to talk ‘ combined with particles:

‘to talk at’ someone means to speak to someone without listening to them, there is no dialogue.

  • She just talks at me. She never lets me say a word.
  • He doesn’t talk to you, he just talks at you.

‘to talk round’ a problem or subject means that you avoid discussing the important point.

  • I feel we didn’t get to the point, we talked around it for hours.
  • She just talked round the problem but didn’t say anything of importance.

‘to talk back’ means to reply rudely instead of being polite.

  • He was very polite and didn’t talk back to his parents.
  • Her children are not at all well brought up. They talk back to everyone.

‘to talk down’ means to reduce the importance of something, make something smaller than it is.

  • He is forever talking me down and making me feel useless.
  • They talked down the success of our project as they were very jealous.

‘to talk down to’ someone is to speak to someone as if they were inferior to you.

  • She talked down to me as if I was a child.
  • The teacher talks down to her students as if they were idiots.

‘to talk someone into’ means to persuade someone to do something.

  • He doesn’t want to do it but I think I can talk him into it.
  • She talked me into going with her even though I didn’t want to.

‘to talk someone out of’ means to persuade someone not to do something.

  • I talked her out of buying that car. She doesn’t need to spend so much money.
  • I wanted to do a parachute jump but he talked me out of it saying it was dangerous.

‘to talk over’ means to discuss a problem or situation before making a decision.

  • I want to talk things over with Freddie first. He always gives good advice.
  • Can we talk it over? I think you are being too hasty.

‘to talk through’ means to help someone to understand something by explaining the details.

  • Can you talk me through the procedure? I’m not sure what I have to do.
  • I’ll talk you through it step by step as you do it.

‘to talk up’ means to speak enthusiastically about something so that it appears  more interesting.

  • When you demonstrate the products, talk up the advantages of buying them.
  • I’m sure he talked up my skills to his boss to make him sure he hired me.


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34 thoughts on “Phrasal verbs – talk”

  1. These are great exercises. Thank you for that.
    I have a question. I dont understand the difference between “to talk down” and “to talk down to”.
    If you can explain it, I will be happy.

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  3. thanks a lot , thses phrasal verbs are very useful in talking with and understand what other people talk

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