Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs put part 3

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Let’s continue with more expressions with the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common ones:

‘to put on’ a piece of clothing means to place it over a part of the body to wear it.

  • It’s cold in here. I’m going to put a sweater on.
  • Before going out, he put his boots, coat and hat on.

‘to put on’ the light means to turn it on.

  • It’s dark in here. Can you put the light on, please?
  • I didn’t put the light on because I didn’t want to disturb you.

‘to put on’ weight means to gain a few kilos.

  • I must go on a diet, I’ve put five kilos on since the holidays.
  • He was looking a little fatter. I think he has put some weight on.

‘to put out’ a light means to turn it off.

  • We don’t need the light now. Could you put it out?
  • We put out the light and sat in the dark.

‘to put out’ something burning means to extinguish it.

  • You can’t smoke in here. Please put that cigarette out.
  • It took only a few minutes for the fire-fighters to put the fire out.

‘to put out’ somebody means to cause them extra trouble.

  • Please don’t go to any trouble. I don’t want to put you out.
  • I’d be happy to do it. You’re not putting me out at all.

‘to put over’ an idea or opinion means to express it.

  • He expresses himself very well and puts his ideas over very clearly.
  • I don’t think I put my point of view over very well.

‘to put someone through’ something means you make them do something unpleasant or to suffer it.

  • I’m sorry, we have to do it. But believe me, I really don’t want to put you through it.
  • We can’t put him through the ordeal of more surgery. He isn’t strong enough.

‘to put someone through’ on the phone means to connect the caller to another person.

  • Please hold the line, I’m putting you through.
  • Good morning. Could you put me through to Mr Davies, please?

‘to put something together’ means to assemble it.

  • This modern flat pack furniture is very easy to put together.
  • We’ve put together an excellent team to work on this project.


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Oct 10, 2010, 12:59 am

Again the use of good clear daily examples which is one of the most important aspects at the beginning of any English lesson.

Examples are very often overlooked, when in fact they are absolutely vital for the student. If you think about this logically, when we ask for instructions or information about a service, we will very often ask the company to give an example to us, so that a clearer picture is created in the minds eye of what exactly they are selling.

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Oct 10, 2010, 5:32 pm

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Oct 10, 2010, 2:39 pm

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Oct 10, 2010, 12:00 am

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Kamau Ngigi

Oct 10, 2010, 10:20 am

Is it correct to say or write “Its cold in here. I am going to put on a sweater.” ?


Oct 10, 2010, 7:44 am

It’s cold – not Its but the rest is fine


Oct 10, 2010, 11:55 am

Dear Mr. Brown, could you possibly help me with the vocabulary, that is frequently used during the reccrutting interview. And could you mail me some lessons based on this topic. Many thanks, Daria

The verb put is so interesting, the examples are great!


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Oct 10, 2010, 11:18 am

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Nov 11, 2010, 6:52 am

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Isabel Pascoal

Nov 11, 2010, 3:34 pm

I would like to ask if put back and put off can be synonymous or if there is some difference as both can be used to reschedule a meeting. Also put off the light or put out the light can be synonymous?
Thank you


Nov 11, 2010, 8:45 am

Yes, that’s true.

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