Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘stand’ part 1

Now let’s look at the verb ‘to stand’. Here are some common expressions using this verb combined with particles:

‘to stand around’ mean to stand in a place doing very little or waiting for something.

* We just stood around for half an hour waiting for the concert to begin.
* Lots of teenagers just stand around on street corners because they have nothing to do.

‘to stand aside’ means to move to a position where you do not block others.

* I told everyone to stand aside to let them pass.
* Everyone stood aside to let the rescue workers pass.

‘to stand back’ means to move a short distance away from something.

* Please stand back from the objects. You must not touch them.
* You can see the paintings better if you stand back a little.

‘to stand back’ also means to take a bit of distance from a problem in order to understand it

* It‘s difficult to stand back and be objective when you are talking about your children.
* We need to stand back and think about this.

‘to stand by’ means to be waiting and ready for something.

* Riot Police were standing by in case the demonstration got out of hand.
* Ambulance teams were standing by in case any of the participants got into difficulties.

‘to stand by’ also means to continue to support someone or something.

* We stand by our decision in spite of the opposition to it.
* His wife stood by him through the scandal.

‘to stand down’ mean to leave or resign from an important position.

* The Prime Minister stood down after the defeat in the elections.
* Even though he still had the support of the shareholders, he decided to stand down.

‘to stand for’ means is an abbreviation for.

* BBC stands for British Broadcasting Corporation.
* What does PGCE stand for?

‘to stand for’ can mean to support or represent an idea or attitude.

* I agree with everything that Greenpeace stand for.
* The Conservative Party stands for family values.

‘to stand for’ also means to accept someone’s behavior without complaining.

* I don’t see why I should stand for his bad behaviour.
* I don’t know how she stands for it. He’s impossible to live with.

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35 thoughts on “Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘stand’ part 1”

  1. Am fully enjoying these exercises and look forward to passing on to potential students.
    Thank you, looking forward to more.


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  7. Thank you very much for the lessons, the phrasal verbs are really useful and one of the hardest parts when it comes to learn English by ourselves, but with your explanation and examples, you make it a lot easier! Thank you again!

  8. Thank you very much. I enjoy being challenged with verbs with particles since it is the most difficult part of learning English and moving forward.

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