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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 […]

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 […]

Bring Phrasal Verbs

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If you ‘bring something about’, you cause it to happen. How can we bring about change in this old-fashioned company? We need to bring about a change in attitude. If you ‘bring someone along’ with you, they come with you. I want to bring along John to the meeting, if that is OK. Why not […]

Used to and would for past habits.

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Somebody asked me to explain more about ‘used to’ and ‘would’ and when we could use these. I have already wrtten this: Used to do We use ‘used to’ for something that happened regularly in the past but no longer happens. I used to smoke a packet a day but I stopped two years ago. […]

Phrasal Verbs – ask

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to ask ‘ combined with particles: ‘to ask after’ someone means to ask for information about how they are and what they are doing. Sue was asking after you. I told her you were fine. He asked after my mother. He wanted to know how she was doing. […]

Phrasal Verbs – write

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These exercises look at the verb ‘to write’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to write away for’ something means to send a letter or form asking for something. I want a free copy so I’ll write away for one. She has written away for a brochure with details of the […]

Phrasal Verbs – turn part 1

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to turn’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to turn against’ means to change opinion to not liking or agreeing with someone or something. Since they declared war, the country has turned against the government. He is always spreading nasty stories in an attempt […]

Phrasal Verbs – take part 2

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Now let’s continue looking at some common expressions using the verb ‘to take ‘ combined with particles: ‘to take in’ means to let someone stay in your house as a guest. She is taking in paying guests to help pay for her house. She took in a lodger to help pay the mortgage. ‘to take […]