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Idiom of the day: Turn down

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turn down

This cartoon is based on the phrasal verb turn down.

Verb phrases

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Verb phrases in English have the following forms:
A main verb:
We are here
I like her.
Everybody knows Peter.
She laughed.
A verb phrase with only a main verb is expressing the simple aspect.

Phrasal verbs

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Some verbs are made up of two parts; a verb and a particle:
Make + up -...are made up...

Grow + up
He is growing up into a smart young boy.

The particle often gives the verb a new meaning:
Take + in
It's difficult to take in so much information.
It's difficult to remember/absorb so much information.

Travel Phrasal Verbs

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A phrasal verb is a verb made up of a verb plus one or more particles (e.g. of, in, up) that modify or change its meaning. For example, the phrasal verb “give up” means “stop doing”, which is different from the meaning of the verb “give” when it stands alone. Phrasal verbs are some of the most common verbs used in everyday English. Here is an exercise using phrasal verbs for travel situations.

First match these phrasal verbs to their meanings:

Phrasal Verbs for Family

Average: 3.8 (53 votes)

Look at the context of each sentence and choose the correct definition. Good luck!

Get along/get on have a good relationship.

Take after resemble someone in your family.

Fall out argue with someone and never speak to him/her again.

Run in the family a genetic characteristic that’s common in a family.

Verbs and Phrasal Verbs For Dating

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Look at the context of each sentence and choose the correct definition. Good luck!

Flirt with try to make someone interested.

Get along/on have a good relationship.

Ask out ask someone to be your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Fall for fall in love.

Hit it off immediately have a good relationship.

5 Money Phrasal Verbs

Average: 4.5 (28 votes)

Splash out

To spend money lavishly or freely, usually on something that is nice to have but not something we really need.

"Joe just splashed out $500 on a new watch."

Save up

When we keep money for a large expense in the future, we save up.

"I'm saving up to buy a new car. I should have enough by next year."

Pay off

We pay off something when we complete payment on a debt.

Talking about relationships

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What type of person do you go for (what kind of person are you attracted to)? If you hit it off with someone then you immediately like and become friendly with them. When you talk in a way that shows them that you are attracted to them and you try to make them attracted to you, you chat up that person. You pair off with someone when you start a relationship with them.

Expressions we use when leaving a place

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Today we look at some informal expressions we can use when we are leaving a place. These expressions let the people you are with know that it's time for you to go.

When we are with friends or people we know well it is ok to use informal English. It is also ok to leave a place without giving too much of an explanation when you are talking to friends. You can leave suddenly using one of these simple phrases. 

Gotta go! See you tomorrow!


Stages of Life Phrasal Verbs

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