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We can use let to mean to rent out a house. We moved to Australia and let our house in London. A major use of let is for talking about ‘allowing’ and ‘permission’. My mother let me come. I let her leave early. One pattern is let followed by an OBJECT followed by a BARE INFINITIVE She let […]

More Human Resources Phrasal Verbs

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‘get on’ = to have a good relationship I don’t like my boss. We just don’t get on. The atmosphere is terrible. He doesn’t get on with his co-workers. ‘follow up’ = to find out more about or take further action on something. Before we offer her the job, we need to follow up on her references. […]

English Phrasal Verbs – go

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If food is stored in a hot place for too long, it will ‘go off’. I think this fish has gone off. It smells terrible. If you don’t keep it in the fridge, it will soon go off. As time continues, we say that time ‘goes by’. One year went by without any news from […]

English Phrasal Verbs – out part 2

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When you finish your stay in a hotel, you have to ‘check out’ at reception and pay your final bill. I need to check out of my hotel room by 11. You check us out whilst I order a taxi for the airport. If you ‘lock yourself out’, you close a door without having the […]

Pay vocabulary

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‘Pay’ is money that you get from your employer, either as a wage or as a salary. What are the pay and conditions for the job? Pay rates in the industry are very poor. ‘Back pay’ is money owed to you by your employer for work done in the past which has not yet been paid. I’m […]

Up Phrasal Verbs 1

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I’ve had a lot of requests for some lessons on ‘up’ so here is the first of several. We’ll cover the easy part today. One common use for ‘up’ in phrasal verbs is to indicate An upward movement An increase An improvement See how that applies to these eight verbs. If you display something such […]

No Idioms

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If you have absolutely no knowledge of something, you have ‘no idea’ about it. I have no idea what caused my computer to crash. I have no idea where she is. If something is not at all surprising, it is ‘no wonder’ that it happens. You are only wearing a small tee-shirt. No wonder you […]

Phrasal Verbs – let

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This next lesson is about using the verb ‘to let’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to let down’ means to disappoint someone. I promised to do it, I can’t let her down. They let us down badly by not completing the work on time. ‘to let in’ means […]

Business expressions with ‘back’

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Learn new expressions in English with these exercises: I don’t suppose I need to tell you that ‘back’ can mean the part of your body that you can lie on or, more generally, the opposite of ‘front’. I’ve hurt my back and I can’t lift anything heavy. You’ll find it in the back of the […]

Business English Idioms – war

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There are a lot of expressions used in business which are borrowed from the army and from war. Here are some examples: You can ‘gain ground’ on your competition. We’ve gained ground in the Japanese market. We now have a 20% market share, up from just 7% last year. You ‘ don’t give up without […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘send’

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Now we are going to look at the verb ‘to send’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to send away for’ something means to write to an organization to have something delivered to you. I couldn’t find it in the local shops. I had to send away for it. I don’t […]

Phrasal Verbs – Look part 2

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Let’s continue looking at the verb ‘to look’ combined with particles: ‘to look on’ means to watch something happen. The Police just looked on as the demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets. Nobody helped me. They just looked on as I struggled to get up off the street. ‘to look on’ also means to consider […]

Phrasal Verbs – Make

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Let’s now look at the verb ‘to make’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to make for’ means to go on the direction of. He got up and made for the exit. When he came into the room, he made straight for me. ‘to make of’ means think of, […]

Word Grammar – Let part 1

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In today’s lesson, we’re going to look at the use of ‘let’ in some common phrasal verbs. In the second part, we’ll look at the common grammar patterns using ‘let’. This  lesson is about using the verb ‘to let’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to let down’ means […]