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 […]

Phrasal verbs with up – part 4

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If someone ‘beats you up’, they hit and kick you and hurt you a lot. The muggers beat him up badly. I was beaten up so badly that I was off work for a month. If you ‘bottle up’ a feeling or emotion, you suppress them and don’t express them. If you bottle up your […]

Phrasal Verbs – get

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This lesson is the first in two lessons about using the verb ‘to get’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to get across’ means to communicate, make people understand. I’m not sure I got that across very well. I don’t think they really understood. He’s an excellent speaker. He can get […]

Phrasal Verbs – ‘be’

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to be’ combined with particles: ‘to be away‘ means to have gone to another place. Sandra won’t be back until next month, she is away in China at the moment. I’m sorry but Martin is away on holiday this week. Can I help you? ‘to be down‘ means […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘stop’

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to stop ‘ combined with particles: Please note that some of these expressions are not used in American English. ‘to stop away’ means to deliberately not go back to a place. Since the beach was polluted by petrol, people have been stopping away. After the terrorist attacks on London, tourists […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘set’ part 2

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Here are some more common expressions using the verb ‘to set’ combined with particles: ‘to set something off’ means to cause it to start or happen. The smoke from my cooking set the smoke alarm off. The proposals for a new shopping centre have set off a very heated debate in the town. ‘to set […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘set’ part 1

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The next verb we’re going to look at is ‘to set’ combined with particles. Here are the first of the most common: ‘to set about’ is to dealing with something in a particular way. I need to find a new flat but I’m not sure how to set about looking for one. I don’t think […]