Tag: Long Time

Human Resources Phrasal Verbs

Learn the most common phrasal verbs used in Human Resources in English: ‘close down’ = to shut We have closed down the small local branches and created bigger regional offices. The factory closed down in the 1970’s because it was too expensive to produce here. ‘fight against’ = to make an effort to stop something happening All […]

For – part 2

We can use for to mean ‘because’. We only use this in very formal English. The divers have to be careful for a sudden change in conditions could be dangerous. Read the instructions carefully for you will only get one chance to enter the information. We can use for to talk about a purpose or […]

Up Phrasal Verbs 2

There is a group of expressions using ‘up’ where the ‘up’ is not necessary. For example you can say ‘fill’ or ‘fill up’ and it means almost the same thing. So why do we add the ‘up’? Well one possible answer is that ‘we do it because we do it’ – we have just developed […]

Hold phrasal verbs

In today’s lesson we are going to look at using the verb ‘to hold’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to hold back’ means to restrain or stop something working. High rates of tax are holding back economic growth. He could easily get promotion if he were more a […]

Phrasal Verbs – ‘be’

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 […]

Phrasal verbs – work

These exercises look at the verb ‘to work’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to work against’ means to cause problems for someone or something, make it harder to achieve. When you are applying for a job, age often works against you. Their image works against them. They need to change […]

Phrasal Verbs – pull part 2

Let’s continue with ‘to pull’, here are some of the most common: ‘to pull out’ means to extract something. * It was very painful. The dentist pulled out two of my teeth. * Somebody had pulled some pages out of the book. ‘to pull out of’ means decide not to continue with an activity or […]