Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs put part 3

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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  12. Hi,
    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

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