Time off – expressions

Learn the vocabulary to talk about being absent from jobs in English: to take time off = to be absent from work, at home or on vacation. I’m going to take a few days off to visit my parents. I’m taking Monday off to go to the dentist and do some jobs at home. to take … Read more

Phrasal Verbs with up – part 3

If you make a mess, you need to ‘clear it up’. It was your party. You clear up the mess. Don’t expect me to clear up after you. If you need some support, you need somebody to ‘back you up’. If you report it, I’ll back you up. Nobody would back me up when I … Read more

Phrasal Verbs – look

Today we’re going to start looking at the verb ‘to look’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to look after’ means to take care of someone or something. When I have to travel on business, my parents usually look after my children. I look after the office when my colleagues are … Read more

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’ … Read more

Phrasal verbs- ‘take’ part 4

Here is the final part of our look at some common expressions using the verb ‘to take ‘ combined with particles: ‘to take up’ means to start doing a hobby or activity. Since he retired, he’s taken up golf. I’m thinking of taking up yoga. It will help me relax. ‘to take up’ also means … Read more