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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 […]

More Human Resources Phrasal Verbs

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‘get on’ = to have a good relationship I don’t like my boss. We just don’t get on. The atmosphere is terrible. He doesn’t get on with his co-workers. ‘follow up’ = to find out more about or take further action on something. Before we offer her the job, we need to follow up on her references. […]

Human Resources Phrasal Verbs

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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 […]

Phrasal Verbs – up part 5

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If you ‘do up’ your coat, you fasten it. Do up your jacket. It looks untidy. Can you do up my coat for me? My hands are frozen. ‘Do up’ can also mean to decorate or make repairs to something. Buy me the paint and I will do up my room. I’m going to do […]

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 with up – part 3

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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 […]

Up Phrasal Verbs 2

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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 […]

Up Phrasal Verbs 1

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I’ve had a lot of requests for some lessons on ‘up’ so here is the first of several. We’ll cover the easy part today. One common use for ‘up’ in phrasal verbs is to indicate An upward movement An increase An improvement See how that applies to these eight verbs. If you display something such […]

Eating phrasal verbs

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If you ‘bolt down’ food, you eat it very quickly. This expression is informal. He bolted down the food. He really enjoyed it. I’m so busy that I’m going to bolt down some food and get straight back to work. If you ‘wolf down’ food, you also eat it quickly but specifically because you are […]

Emotions – phrasal verbs

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If something ‘gets you down’, it makes you feel unhappy. This uncertainty is beginning to get me down. The way everybody keeps complaining really gets me down If somebody or something makes you feel upset or unhappy, they ‘get to’ you. This is an informal expression. The way he whistles all the time when we […]

Down phrasal verbs

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If you ‘lie down’ you go for a rest on a bed or a sofa. You look exhausted. Lie down for a while. I lie down for ten minutes after lunch every day. If you ‘slow down’, you go less quickly than before. As I have got older, I seem to have slowed down and […]

Come Phrasal Verbs

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1. Sometimes you keep something even though you don’t need it at the time but because you think in the future it might ‘come in useful’. Keep that. It might come in useful one day. I don’t like learning English but it will come in useful when I get a job. 2. When something is […]

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 […]

Be phrasal verbs

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One way to say you are leaving is to say you are ‘off’. I’m off now. See you tomorrow. It’s time I was off or I’ll be late for the meeting. If you have no more supply/stock of something you are ‘out of’ the item. We’re out of ink for the photocopier. Can you go […]

Phrasal Verbs – look

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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 […]

Phrasal Verbs – let

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This next lesson is about using the verb ‘to let’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to let down’ means to disappoint someone. I promised to do it, I can’t let her down. They let us down badly by not completing the work on time. ‘to let in’ means […]

Keep phrasal verbs

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This lesson looks at the verb ‘to keep’ combined with particles: ‘to keep at’ something means to continue doing something even if it is hard or unpleasant. Learning phrasal verbs is hard so you have to keep at it every day. I had to finish so I kept at it for an hour before I […]

Hold phrasal verbs

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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 – go part 3

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Let’s continue looking at the verb ‘to go’ combined with particles. Here are some more common ones: ‘to go on doing something’ means to continue doing something. He didn’t even look at me. He just went on working. I can’t go on working so hard. I’m going to make myself ill. ‘to go on to […]

Go phrasal verbs – part 2

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Here is the next lesson about using the verb ‘to go’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to go down’ means to get smaller or decrease. They are much cheaper than before. The price has gone down by at least ten percent. The price of laptop computers has gone […]