Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs put part 4
Let’s finish with the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here is the final list of expressions:
‘to put money towards’ something means to use a sum of money to pay a part of the cost of something.
- When he died, he left me some money which I am going to put towards a house.
- I’m going to put my Christmas bonus towards my summer holiday.
‘to put up’ a building or structure means to erect.
- Where the old theatre used to be, they have put up a new apartment block.
- They’re putting up a new sports stadium just outside the town.
‘to put up’ something which is folded means to open it.
- She hit me with her umbrella as she was putting it up.
- It only took fifteen minutes to put up the tent.
‘to put up’ money means to provide money for a project.
- Without guarantees, the bank won’t put up any money for the project.
- The people in the city put up most of the money for the restoration of the theatre.
‘to put up’ a price means to increase it.
- We’re not making a profit. We need to put up our prices.
- Their prices are really high now because they have put them up by ten per cent.
‘to put someone up’ means to let them stay in your home for a short time.
- If you go to Australia, I’m sure some of the family will put you up during your stay.
- I can put you up for a few days while the painters finish your flat.
‘to put someone up to’ If you put someone up to something you encourage them to do something wrong or silly.
- I don’t think it was his idea. I think someone put him up to it.
- I wonder if John put him up to it. He wouldn’t have done it alone.
‘to put up with’ something means to tolerate it
- He’s impossible to work with. I don’t know how you put up with him.
- I really don’t like it but I know I’m going to have to put up with it.