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Phrasal Verbs about Relationships

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Here are some phrasal verbs that we can use when talking about relationships we have with other people. Some of them are positive, some are negative.

Look up to - to respect and admire someone. "She's always looked up to her mother. She wants to be just like her."
Fall for - to start having strong, romantic feelings about someone. "I'm falling for the new man in my office, he's so handsome!"
Fall out - to argue with someone and stop being friendly with them. "She fell out with her sister after her sister borrowed her camera then lost it."
Make up - to become friends with someone after a fight or argument. "I fight with my brother all the time, but we always make up soon afterwards."
Put down - to say bad things about someone; to insult. "It makes me angry when she puts me down in front of my friends."
Put up with - to tolerate; to accept an unpleasant situation, although you do not like it: "I can't put up with loud music my neighbour's playing any longer. It's driving me crazy!"

Now choose the correct phrasal verb to complete each sentence:

  • 1. I really ___ my big sister. She has an amazing job and balances it really well with her family life.

  • 2. I finally ___ with my boyfriend last night, we hadn't been talking for a few days.

  • 3. I can't ___ her anymore, she's driving me crazy!

  • 4. I think I am ___ my boss...it's awful, relationships in the workplace never end well.

  • 5. Alex really ___. He said I've become a really bad friend since I started dating Richard. I'm so upset.

  • 6. Eleanor has ___ with Mum because she forgot to tell her she was going to be late home.