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 – into part 3

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If somebody ‘flies into’ an emotional state, they do it very suddenly and without warning. He flew into a panic when he heard that the big boss was coming. She flew into a rage when she heard that her project had been cancelled. If you ‘fool someone into’ doing something, you trick them into doing […]

English Phrasal Verbs – into part 2

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If you ‘check into’ a hotel, you arrive at the hotel and complete the registration process. I’m going straight to the meeting. I’ll check into my hotel later. Just give me thirty minutes to check into my hotel and I’ll be ready to go. If you ‘check into’ some information, you verify if the information […]

English Phrasal Verbs – into part 1

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If you ‘bump into’ someone, you meet them by chance. I bumped into Martin in the mall. You’ll never guess who I bumped into today. If you ‘burst into a room’ or ‘burst into tears’, you do it suddenly and without warning. Don’t burst into my room like that. Please knock first. When I told […]

English Phrasal Verbs – out part 7

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If you ‘fall out’ with somebody, you have a bad argument with them. They fell out over the arrangements for the meeting. I don’t want to fall out with you but I’m very unhappy with what you have done. If news ‘leaks out’, people who shouldn’t know about it do. Details of the report leaked […]

English Phrasal Verbs – out part 6

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If you ‘burst out’, you suddenly say something. If you ‘burst out laughing’, you suddenly start to laugh. If you have an ‘outburst’, you express your feelings (usually anger) strongly. I burst out laughing when I saw Derek wearing his kilt. He suddenly burst out crying when I told him he had lost his job. […]

English Phrasal Verbs – out part 5

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If you ‘shut out’ a noise or light you prevent it from being heard or seen. You can also ‘shut out’ emotions and feelings, usually painful ones. We need to close the curtains and shut out the light. You will have to try to shut out those painful memories. If you don’t include somebody in […]

English Phrasal Verbs – out part 4

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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 […]

English Phrasal Verbs – out part 3

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If you are ‘tired out’ you are very tired. All this work is beginning to tire me out. I need a break. The long journey has tired me out. If you ‘back out’ of something, you decide not to do something that you had previously agreed to do. John was going to make the presentation […]

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 […]

English Phrasal Verbs – out part 1

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If you ‘ask someone out’, you invite them out on a date (with the hope of romance between you.) I want to ask her out but I am too shy. He asked me out on Friday but I told him I had to wash my hair. If you ‘cut something out’, you no longer do […]

English Phrasal Verbs fall part 2

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These English phrasal verb exercises continue looking at ‘to fall’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common: ‘to fall in with’ means to become friendly with a group. He stopped going to school when he fell in with a bad crowd. At university, she fell in with a group that introduced […]

English Phrasal Verbs – fall

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to fall’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to fall apart’ means to break into pieces because it is badly made. It was a cheap dress. The first time I wore it, it fell apart. I had terrible problems assembling the shelves, then they […]

English Phrasal Verbs – do

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to do ‘ combined with particles:   ‘to do away with’ means to get rid of something or to stop using something.  We did away with all the old equipment and invested in some new. Let’s do away with formality and use first names. ‘to be done in’ […]

English Phrasal Verbs – cut

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to cut ‘ combined with particles:   ‘to cut across’ means to take a shortcut over an area instead of going around the edge. It’ll be quicker to cut across the field. She quickly cut across the car park to where he was standing. ‘to cut back’ means […]

English Phrasal Verbs -come

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to come’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to come across’ means to find something by chance. Here is an old photo of me. I came across it when I was looking for my passport. I love this painting. I came across it in […]