45 Phrasal verbs commonly used in English

45 Phrasal verbs commonly used in English 

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Definition – Phrasal Verbs

A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and another word or two, usually a preposition or an adverb. They are very important in English as they help to make you sound a lot more natural when you’re speaking or be it while writing.

Natives usually don’t find it hard to use them (of course, because it’s what they have been listening to since birth), but for a non native it is definitely not a piece of cake (Click here!) to understand and use them in their spoken English.

Examples
  • Make sure you call up (Click here!) before the meeting.
  • How can you put up with this torture and not speak even a single word?

Now if you make a native read the above sentences, he/she won’t find it hard to understand what it means, while for a non native or the person who is new to learning English, won’t be able to answer or understand properly until he knows it (the meaning of these phrasal verbs) from before.

Many of you might think that non natives find it difficult because they don’t know much about their types and rules.

So I won’t even take your even single second and let’s learn about types of phrasal verbs:

TYPES OF PHRASAL VERBS

Some say there are two types of phrasal verbs while others four. It has always been a topic of discussion and different English teacher teach it depending on the sources they learnt the information from. I don’t say books or sources they learnt from are wrong, but I went through many of the English books, blogs and resources and found different answer at every place which can make a learner even more confused with the concepts and types.

So without further ado, I will explain you all the concepts you should know before learning the list of these phrasal verbs:

Phrasal verbs are basically of two types-

Intransitive phrasal verbs

Intransitive phrasal verbs are the phrasal verb that does not require a direct object.

Examples-

Many of you will comment that the second example is wrong because you see an object in it. So before you do that, lemme explain what direct object means.

A direct object is the group of words that is acted upon by the verb. And as you can see, in the second sentence “at my place yesterday” is not acted upon directly by the verb ‘drop’, so the sentence doesn’t have any direct object and the phrasal verb is intransitive ”

Transitive phrasal verbs

Transitive phrasal verbs are the phrasal verbs that have a direct object.

Examples-

Transitive phrasal verbs are of two types:

Separable phrasal verbs- The phrasal verbs in which you can put direct object in between and separate them, hence they are called separable phrasal verbs.

Examples of separable phrasal verbs

  • You can’t do the initial steps properly; you need to do it over.
  • He doesn’t want to let his mother down by failing this time.

Inseparable phrasal verbs- The phrasal verbs in which you cannot put direct object in between and separate them are called inseparable phrasal verbs.

Example of inseparable phrasal verbs

  • I ran into one of my old colleagues yesterday on a bus. (CORRECT)
  • I ran one of my old colleagues into yesterday on a bus. (WRONG)
  • He can easily get the role as the lead artist in his brother’s absence; both brothers take after their father almost 100%.(CORRECT)
  • He can easily get the role as the lead artist in his brother’s absence, both brothers take their father after almost 100%. (WRONG)

Why you should not learn from English phrasal verbs dictionary?

Ever since people start off(Click here!) their journey to learn either vocabulary or phrasal verbs, they hands down go for this option, expecting they would mug up all the vocabulary and phrasal verbs given in it and speak like a native.

Sorry to break your heart, but it will never breed the results you imagined for.

And excuse me for saying that, I definitely do not doubt your intelligence but the matter of the fact is no human is Google after all. We don’t have unlimited space in our mind to keep inputting the data and remember all.

Moreover dictionary was never made with the purpose of learning, it is just a source for referential purpose so that in case if you get stuck while reading a book, blogs and posts etc. you can refer to it for deeper and clearer understanding of the topic.

I have seen many of the non natives learning 10 words (phrasal verbs and idioms included) daily and writing them down in their separate notebook.

Is it even worth to do that?

No!!!

Not at all.

You will end up making another dictionary in your notebook after a year, moreover the words or phrasal verbs you learnt today will get vanished after a week when they are burdened with seventy new of them.

You many wanna ask now?

How to learn these phrasal verbs?

Traditional ways to mug up a list of phrasal verbs and expecting you will be able to use them in your spoken English is not a reality but a myth.

It is for this reason that even after years of learning English language at school, students cannot hold a conversation fluently. And please don’t feel bad, I never doubt your knowledge or fluency, but what I am saying is what I have been seeing for years.

In school we learnt a list of phrasal verbs, wrote down all the answers in our answer sheets but now, the fact is we hardly remember even half the list that we learnt then.

The question arises…

How to learn then?

Well, there are tons of effective methods which you can try to see which one works best for you. To quote a few of them, they are:

Method 1 :Learning in context

“According to science if you learn anything in context, it creates a link in your mind to learn and remember better.” The same goes with learning phrasal verbs or be it anything. Here, at ‘Your English Vocabulary’ we apply the same concept and teach you everything with context and examples. At first you get a short story with the use of phrasal verbs or idioms so that you can understand it well and have a link in your mind to remember it for long. Then there are some pictures which I try to pick that are relevant to the given phrasal verbs or idioms. Learning in context is something that I truly believe in and apply the same on my blog.

And I am sure you will love learning this way if you make it a habit.

Method 2 : Effective listening

It is also one of the best ways to pick up phrasal verbs in context and lemme make it clear to you, listening doesn’t mean that it has to be always an English learning blog. You can watch any YouTube video in English which is run by a native speaker depending on your personal choice and preferences. You can also subscribe to any podcast (which are usually for FREE) be it motivational, lifestyle or whatever you personal taste is, and of course this article would be incomplete if I don’t mention the power of songs. Songs are hands down one of my personal favorite which works like a magic to improve your vocabulary and fluency as well.

Method 3 : Take phrasal verbs quizzes and phrasal verbs exercises

Of course learning in context is the main meal of the learning process, but no meal is complete without a dessert. And phrasal verbs exercises or phrasal verbs quizzes are the dessert of this entire learning process. After learning the whole list of phrasal verbs in context, you should always take the quiz or exercise so as to make them permanent in your memory and use them while speaking English.

In case you if you are looking for phrasal verb quizzes, we have a new one in every blog post but if you wanna practice more, here is my personal favourite which you can check if you want Using English.

 Method 4 : Commenting (BONUS!)

After you learnt the whole list of phrasal verbs with context, examples and relevant pictures. Most of the people don’t practice, as a result, they forget most of the content and complain they can’t remember for long.

Lemme tell you, if you are honest to yourself and are committed to learn and improve, no one can stop you and you can speak like a native English speaker. But the bottom line of the process is many people lack the practice they need to put in, to learn and permanent these phrasal verbs or idioms in their mind. So please do the steps what I am about to tell you and I can promise, you will learn and remember better.

Taking phrasal verbs quizzes and exercises is one step of the process, the other one is commenting.

Now please don’t get me wrong, I am not asking for usual comments like “Informative ….”, “Please post…….”.

I want you to practice and you can practice by commenting your personal examples using the phrasal verbs or idioms in the post.

How this helps?

When you comment, it is seen by me as well as many other blog readers, so even if I could not reply in any case, your comment will be seen by other members and you can correct each other.

Simple as that.

So I encourage you all to start developing these all habits and sooner you will notice a major change in your active vocabulary which will be a home of naturally learnt phrasal verbs and idioms.

Let’s see the story in context and learn some of the phrasal verbs from the context of the story.

Read carefully…

Story in context

On 3rd of December I ran into one of my old friends Robin, on city lane bus stop. We were on cloud nine (Click here!) seeing each other after such a long time, but since I was getting late to pick up my mom from airport, asking his present address I moved on. Two days down the line I went to his place to meet him.

The scenarios have completely changed what they were before; a happy and cheerful young man was all broken down (Click here!).

After a while, I learnt that Robin was selected for a state level race competition from his school but yesterday he was riding a bike on local streets at almost 90 km/hr and suddenly a small boy came on his way and he fell from his bike after he applied the disc brakes. He suffered some serious bruises and sprains due to which he could not even stand properly.

His mother’s reaction took me aback (Click here!) when instead of consoling him at that moment, she was ranting about whatever he did.

Robin was determined to take part in the final selection race which was after a few days. As he told his mother about his decision, she completely freaked out as it could turn his wounds and sprain into some serious lifetime injuries. She completely turned down (Click here!) his decision.

“I just don’t wanna give in, try to understand mom”, said Robin to his mom.

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I was so confused between both that I noticed that Robin took after his mother in many ways. I know it’s awkward but I didn’t know what to say because both of them had value in their statements and were right at their stands.

After his mother left, he told me that he doesn’t want to let his college down by not taking part in the competition. I was now prepared that I had to stand by (Click here!) him no matter what the situations are. Without a proper exercise routine and plans, we both knew it would fall through. Figuring out the most appropriate stretches and some light exercises, he started off (Click here!) his practice.

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Not even half an hour was over Robin started throwing up and sat on a chair. “I am exhausted, don’t know if I will be able to make it” he said.

I could not see him like this, so I went close to him and cheered him up.

The next moment he was on back on track without breaking off (Click here!) his momentum for continuous two hours of exercise and running. Things now seemed to be working out and soon came the day of final selection.

We both reached the place where a group of  bullies said, “It’s not a one leg race buddy. Go back to your home and take rest”. Robin was kicked off but it was definitely not the time to revert back so we just moved on. The race started and Robin ran with all his force and power with adrenaline pumping through his veins and won.

The bully group who looked down on him started coming closer after he defeated them, but this was our time so we cut them out because Robin was surrounded by his well wishers and they definitely did not want to mess with the all his (Robin’s) colleagues because they were too many. Soon after that I came along (Click here!) with Robin and decided to eat out as he won.

We directly went to the shopping store and tried on some new street style clothing. Dressing up with a black leather jacket we reached the new restaurant that has it’s opening a month ago and ordered a giant pizza, two burritos and of course, some drink. Though he was advised not eat such foods and cut down on food with extra fat but it was our day, so we decided to keep away those things and enjoy.

 


45 Phrasal verbs commonly used in English

Phrasal verb

Run into – meet someone unexpectedly.

phrasal verb run into

Examples

  • I ran into one of my school teacher on a restaurant today.
  • Josh was kicked off when he ran into his ex-girlfriend at the bar on Saturday.

Phrasal verb

Pick up – to receive someone from a place especially when the destinations are same.

phrasal verb pick up

Examples

  • I will pick you up for the party tomorrow.
  • It was so sweet of Joseph to pick up his girlfriend right from her door at the college farewell party.

Phrasal verb

Ranting about – complain loudly and angrily about something.

phrasal verb rant about

Examples

  • My wife is ranting about cancelling the trip we planned this weekend.
  • I don’t know why his mother keeps ranting about his son’s behavior; he is not that bad after all.

Phrasal verb

Freak out – When someone freaks out he/she suddenly gets angry about something.

phrasal verb freak out

Examples

  • His boss freaked out when he asked for a leave this Monday.
  • Michel freaks out if you talk about anything related to his ex-girlfriend.

Phrasal verb

Turn into – become (a particular type of person or thing); be transformed into.

phrasal verb turn into

Examples

  • He was like a stick in his college days; he has now turned into a muscular guy.
  • The whole auditorium has turned into a whole lot better place for everyone to visit.

Phrasal verb

Give in – to surrender or accept defeat.

phrasal verb give up

Examples

  • He gave in to the opponent when he could not persist any longer in the fight.
  • Giving in so early in the process shows that you do not have passion for the game.

Phrasal verb

Take after – resemble a parent or ancestor in looks or personality.

phrasal verb take after

Example

  • He is so extrovert and intelligent, he takes after his father in many ways.
  • Your little kid takes after you in cuteness.

Phrasal verb

Let (someone) down – Fail to support or help which was expected by others (disappoint others).

phrasal verb let down

Examples

  • I don’t wanna let my mother down by failing in any of these unit tests in February.
  • The players have let their nation down by not performing well in the final match.

Phrasal verb

Fall through – fails to happen.

phrasal verb fall through

Examples

  • Without proper plan, your business will fall through.
  • The multi-million dollar company’s model fell through because the workers and manufacturers went on a strike.

Phrasal verb

Figure out – discover, understand something.

phrasal verb figure out

Examples
  • We will have to figure out ways to deal with our company’s constant loss.
  • The doctors figured out a method with which we can reverse the damage caused to his damaged organ cells.

Phrasal verb

Throw up – to vomit.

phrasal verb throw up

Examples
  • Rickey started throwing up after eating heavy in the party.
  • Drinking 12 beers, Emma started throwing up.

Phrasal verb

Cheer (someone) up – to make a sad person feel energized and happy.

phrasal verb cheer up

Examples
  • I was trying to cheer him up after he had a break up with his longtime girlfriend.
  • Emma cheered him up when he failed miserably in his school unit tests.

Phrasal verb

Work out – have a specified or good result.

phrasal verb work out

Examples
  • We created this model for our business; I hope it works out this time.
  • There are always times in our life when things don’t seem to work out, but we should keep persisting.

Phrasal verb

Kicked off – become very angry.

phrasal verb kick off

Examples
  • He kicked off when Aaron teased him about his old jackets.
  • Josh has some problem which he seriously needs to pay heed to; he gets kicked off very often.

Phrasal verb

Look down on (someone) – regard someone with the feel of superiority.

phrasal verb look down on

Examples
  • Everyone at party looked down on a boy at the party just because he was not rich and fashionable.
  • Looking down on people just because of their physical traits is so bad.

Phrasal verb

Cut (someone) out – to disallow someone to be a part of the activity.

phrasal verb cut someone out

Examples
  • Its better you cut him out, he tells everything to his other friends.
  • I felt being cut out from the conversation yesterday at meeting.

Phrasal verb

Mess with – to bother or interfere with someone/something.

phrasal verb mess with

Examples
  • You don’t wanna mess with his elder brother; he has a giant’s biceps.
  • People are messing up with their safety by drinking and driving.

Phrasal verb

Eat out – eat at restaurant or café.

phrasal verb eat out

Examples
  • It’s been so hectic, let’s go and eat out today.
  • Eating out regularly definitely affects people’s health in many ways.

Phrasal verb

Dress up – wear nice clothes, especially for a party or function.

Examples
  • The model was dressed up in a red silky gown on the red carpet.
  • Joe was dressed up in a black suit for his wedding ceremony.

Phrasal verb

Cut down on – reduce or do less of something.

phrasal verb cut down on

Examples
  • The patient was advised to cut down on fat foods down the line.
  • I was thinking to cut down on extra sugar as I was taking excess of it.

Phrasal verb

Keep away – preventing someone from going somewhere or near something.

phrasal verb keep away

Examples
  • Medicines should be kept away from the reach of children.
  • You should keep away from the fire sources for your health and safety.

 

How many of these phrasal verbs did you already know?

There are more than 3000 like them. Don’t worry about this number—just start with a few at a time with the techniques we taught in this articles and soon you’ll be an expert and use them fluently in your spoken English.

Please don’t say that they are not forty-five, I know that they are not forty-five because the rest of them are given in these articles (down below the paragraph)  because the article was already so long.

Here is the link to all of them:

I hope you would have learned a lot about these phrasal verbs in detail, their types, how to learn and use, and much more. Make sure you learn these all phrasal verbs off by heart and practice by taking the quiz down at the bottom so as to permanent them in your mind and make them your active vocabulary.

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

Context

Steve was all spruced up (Click here!) for the party when his mother Susan was taken aback (Click here!). She was setting up (Click here!) the room and it came across $1000 from Steve’s drawer. His mother could not take this, and called up her husband to come right away (Click here!).

He didn’t know how to face all this, but since he made a mistake, he had to bear the consequences now. After a while, his father, John came and things got even more complex when his wife told about Steve stealing $1000 for party.The situation called for a strict action to be taken, for the fact it should never take place again.

Steve has his own list of excuses saying all his friends would break off with him if he doesn’t give them party tonight. Falling out for about an hour Steve ran away  from his home.

John tried to stop him and called him up (Click here!) many a times, but he hanged up the call.

Not even an hour was over when police called them up (Click here!) and told that Steve met with an accident on the city lane.

His parents,all  nervous wreck (Click here!), reached the hospital as soon as possible. “There is nothing to worry about, he is doing okay now”, said the doctors.

Steve was out of the danger but broke a leg and suffered minor injuries with which he would get over in 25 days.

He was discharged after 7 days and came along with his parents back to home. The situations indeed called for telling him off and teaching him a serious lesson for whatever he did, but his mother and father thought better to put it off till he gets over.

Steve got the vibe that he is done after he gets well and had nothing but to regret what he did.

Phrasal verbs list- Phrasal verbs quiz

Phrasal verb

come across – to find something unexpectedly

come across

Examples –
  • I was cleaning my room when I came across your lost earrings under my desk.
  • You won’t believe that I came across a giraffe near the lane while going to school today.

Phrasal verb

call for – it means required or demanded.

call up

Examples –
  • There is a strong call for a strict action to be taken against those who invoke these riots.
  • The dish which you are preparing for your husband calls for the best quality cheese, not just creme.

Phrasal verb

Break off – to discontinue a process or friendship.

phrasal verb break off

Examples –
  • In case if you want to see the results, make sure you never break off the regularity.
  • Things were not going the way I wanted, so we thought better to break off than fighting over and again.

Phrasal verb

Fall out – To  quarrel with someone

phrasal verb fall out

Examples –
  • She used to fall out on every single issue, so they broke off their relationship.
  • John always falls out with Emma, I don’t know when will they grow up.

Phrasal verb

hang it up – to disconnect a call intentionally.

 

phrasal verb hang up

Examples –
  • I am gonna hang up if he ever calls me up down the line.
  • She hung up on me because I forgot her birthday this Saturday.

Phrasal verb

Get over – To recover

phrasal verb get over

Examples –
  • The celebrity suffered some minor injuries; he should get over with in few days.
  • You know getting over the pain of break up was not at all an easy thing to do for Adelia.

Phrasal verb

Come along – To accompany someone

phrasal verb come along

Examples –
  • I am going to Brian’s house; get ready if you wanna come along.
  • Are you not coming along with me for the farewell party?

Phrasal verb

Put something off- to procrastinate or delay something.

phrasal verb put something off

Examples –
  • Most of the people will not be able to make it to the party this weekend, so I am gonna put it off till next weekend.
  • I got the vibe that he doesn’t wanna come along because he has been continuously trying to put it off from so many days.

Phrasal verb

Tell off – It means to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong.

phrasal verb tell someone off

Examples –
  • My teacher told me off for being unnecessarily absent from the class for a week.
  • Robin will definitely be told off by his father today for coming this late at home.

Hopefully you would have learnt a lot from today’s article and added some of these phrasal verbs from this small phrasal verbs list to your English vocabulary. Make sure you complete our phrasal verbs exercise or phrasal verbs quiz down at the bottom of this page.

Let me know about your views in the comment section below, or email us at: [email protected]

Improve your English vocabulary with these phrasal verbs list (I know it’s not that long, but the motive was to permanent them in your mind) and make sure you learn them off by heart so that they become you active vocabulary.

Make sure you share and subscribe and show your support by liking our Facebook page (the link is somewhere on the right or at bottom if you are on mobile device).

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Phrasal verbs list- Learn with phrasal verbs quiz

Phrasal verbs list- Learn with phrasal verbs quiz

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

Context

After celebrating the Christmas Eve with the family and friends, Josh decided to have a party with all his friends during these holidays. He went to city club for booking up the whole place for 27th December but the manager of the club turned it down saying he has some legal notices not to book it till 31st of this month.

The adrenaline which was earlier scaling up right away (Click here!) started to dilute, and Josh came back. Robin, one his close friends, could not see him like this so he called up(Click here!) all his friends and decided to set it all up at his home.

Since everyone splashed out a lot in their recent days, it was not possible for just one person to hold the entire party at home so everyone decided to chip in $100 for the party. Everything was set up and all came spruced up to the event.

Everyone had a blast.

Some were hitting on girls while others were enjoying their Vodka.

“I don’t know how to thank you enough for always standing by me. Thank you Robin, nobody cares that much for a friend”, said Josh.

Robin, being a true friend, did not want to spoil this cloud-nine (Click here!)  moment so he just subsided his emotions and appreciating his friend for the thanks he moved for the other tequila.

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Phrasal verb- turn it down

phrasal verbs list turn down

Meaning – to refuse

Examples –

  • Maria turned the proposal of going on a date with Joe.
  • He won’t come to the party because his dad turned down to go anywhere after 10 PM.

Phrasal verb- scale up

phrasal verbs list scale up

Meaning – increasing in intensity or number.

Examples –

  • The Internet has definitely scaled up the number of opportunities for the younger generation.
  • India is one of the leading countries that are scaling up in scientific and industrial development.

Phrasal verb- set up

phrasal verbs list set up

Meaning –  to organize

Examples –

  • The school reunion was set up by the present management authority and principal.
  • We decided to set up an awareness event at the city festival this December.

Phrasal verb- splash out

phrasal verbs list splash out

Meaning – To spend a lot on something

Examples –

  • She splashed out during her anniversary that she is still paying the bills now.
  • He splashed out on a Lamborghini.

Phrasal verb- chip in

phrasal verbs list chip in

Meaning – to contribute some share as a part of a joint activity.

Examples –

  • If we all chip in few bucks, we can donate some amount to the NGOs.
  • I can only get this work done only if everyone chips in.

Phrasal verb- spruce up

phrasal verbs list spruce up

Meaning – To smarten up

Examples –

  • Joe is all spruced up for his school farewell event.
  • There was not even a single guy who was properly spruced up during this fashion fest.

Phrasal verb – hit on.

phrasal verbs list hit on

Meaning – to flirt with someone.

Examples –

  • Emma told me that Ben was hitting on her at the party last night.
  • Don’t hit on her Jimmy, she already has a boyfriend.

Phrasal verb- stand by

phrasal verbs list stand by

Meaning – to support whenever needed.

Examples –

  • I am so thankful to my girlfriend Sara for always standing by my side.
  • Rob always stood by right people; he will definitely achieve success down the line for his goodness.

Slang- had a blast

phrasal verbs list had a blast

Meaning – to have a lot of fun

Examples –

  • Everyone had a blast during the fashion fest at the city club.
  • I am sure you would have loved the place, had you accompanied with us. We literally had a blast.

Hopefully you would have learnt a lot from today’s article and added some of these phrasal verbs from this small phrasal verbs list to your English vocabulary. Make sure you complete our phrasal verbs exercise or phrasal verbs quiz down at the bottom of this page.

Let me about your views in the comment section below, or email us at: [email protected]

Improve your English vocabulary with these phrasal verbs list (I know it’s not that long, but the motive was to permanent them in your mind) and make sure you learn them off by heart so that they become you active vocabulary.

Make sure you share and subscribe and show your support by liking our Facebook page (the link is somewhere on the right or at bottom if you are on mobile device).

Keep learning and improving your vocabulary with ‘Your English Vocabulary’.

Till then take care and?

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Choose the most appropriate phrase among the given options and submit to check how far you have reached in improving your English vocabulary. Enjoy!

Phrasal verbs you should start using (Context + Quiz)

Phrasal verbs you should start using with context and quiz

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

Context

It was a week ago when Steve was called up for a press conference in his home town for the recent award he got. Nobody thought it would happen, but the channels which were to telecast his interview and praise his achievements, criticized for using ugly statements to the reporters. Even there was a case filed against him which took everyone aback.

His personal lawyer Adam suggested him not to reply any of the outer statements or debates until the whole controversy blows over the whole internet and magazines for the fact it could increase his complications.

Steve was totally broken down by seeing the hate comments on his YouTube channel, Twitter or Facebook.

“I did not say anything bad just like this. There were some of the people who provoked me by saying rude comments about us and my family. I could not bear that, and it all drived me up the wall (Click here!) and it all happened”, said Steve to his wife Emma.

Emma being a devoted wife could not see his husband broken down like this; hence she decided to get away to Italy with her husband so that he can get some good vibes before starting off his new movie project down the line (Click here!).

Phrasal verb- call up

call up

Meaning – to phone someone.

Examples

  • Make sure you call me up before you leave for the party.
  • I was so pumped up (Click here!) for the event that I forgot to call you up and inform.

 

Phrasal verb- Take someone aback

taken aback

Meaning – To surprise someone.

Examples

  • The news of his grandfather’s death took me aback for a while.
  • The penalty in the very last seconds of the game totally took the audience aback.

 

Phrasal verb- Blow over

blow over

Meaning – When something blows over, it means it is forgotten.

Examples

  • It is better for John not to move out of his house until the whole situation blows over.
  • It is often seen in televisions these days that a heated debate blows over all the older headlines.

 

Phrasal verb- broken down

broken down

Meaning – extremely upset.

Examples

  • The lady was broken down as she heard the news of her uncle’s death in the car accident.
  • Joe broke down after his break up with Susan.

 

Phrasal verb- Get away

get away

Meaning – To go on a vacation.

Examples

  • Our team has been working so hard, so I decided to get away for a week to Hawaii.
  • It’s been almost a year when I got away to any place.

 

Phrasal verb- Start off

start off

Meaning – to begin something.

Examples

  • Make sure you have all the safety precautions before you start off the car race.
  • I was nervous wreck (Click here!) for my match in the league, but as it started off, I got confident.

 

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Can you pass today’s phrasal verbs quiz?

Since you learnt some new phrasal verbs today, let's test your knowledge of phrasal verbs through this phrasal verbs quiz.
Choose the most appropriate phrase among the given options and submit to check how far you have reached in improving your English vocabulary. Enjoy!

Did you sleep in?

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Context

It was 7 PM yesterday when my close friend Tom dropped by (Click here!) to see if I was doing well. He knew I was under the weather (Click here!) from a month and since I recovered, he insisted me to join a gym early in the morning as it would help me get well in shape as well as help my body function effectively.

Frankly speaking, I am nervous wreck (Click here!) when it comes to doing things early in the morning.

I don’t know why he is always so pumped up (Click here!) for going to the gym, maybe because he is a gym freak (someone who is obsesses with going to the gym), but exercising that too early in the morning is definitely not my thing.

I decided to wake up next day and do some gym before anything else but since it was Sunday and my clock didn’t alarmed, so I slept in and missed my first day of the gym.

I think you would have guessed what it means and how you can too use it in context.

If not, don’t worry.

Meaning

It is used when you overslept (sleep late in the morning).

 Examples
  •  I could not go the gym as I slept in.
  • Susan was so exhausted after so many meetings that she decided to sleep in the next day.
  • Ben missed his bus today because he slept in.

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We need to clear things out…

Phrasal verbs or idioms?

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Context

Don’t get me wrong I know Friday is supposed to be an idiom post but, since I noticed some of people asking me about Wednesday’s post, I think it’s about time to clear things out. You might wanna ask?

What was wrong with Wednesday’s post?

Well, there was nothing wrong with it, but that post was to be published today since it was an idiom post. I could not back it up since the notification email was sent to many of the subscribers and deleting the post and posting a new one definitely not seemed the right choice to me. So I came up with this idea that I would rather write a post covering not just phrasal verbs or idioms, but both.

I am sure you will love it as it has both so keep backing up and learning.

Meanings

• About time – nearly time, high time.

• Clear things out – to explain or solve the misunderstanding or confusion.

• Back it up – reverse.

• Came up with – to suggest or think of an idea or plan.

• Back up – support.

 

Examples

• I think it’s about time I bought a new laptop.

• Ron needs to clear things out with his wife before his married life leads to divorce.

• You just can’t back things up when they reach to the extremities.

•Dwayne came up with this idea of holding a conference every Saturday for our company’s growth.

• My mother always backs me up with my dreams and ambitions.

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Difference between make up and make someone up?

Difference between make up and make someone up?

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Context

On 28th July, 2017 Joseph was married to his long time girlfriend Maria in California. As soon as I received the invitation, I took a flight from LA to California for attending the ceremony. Sources had it that there were so many complications before, which almost led to their break-up, but eventually everything got well and they made up.

We reached the church, all pumped up (Click here!) for the ceremony celebration. Emma (Maria’s sister) made her (Maria) up and brought her to the main entry place of the bride. It was the moment when the couple stood together. We all friends were on cloud nine (Click here!) seeing our friend getting married to the person he really loved the most in his life. I wish they remain happy like this forever and may god shower tons of happiness and prosperity in their life.

 

Meanings
  • Make up- Forgive each other and be friendly again.
  • Make (somebody) up – Apply cosmetics to look better.

 

Examples
  • Since he realized it was his my mistake, he is gonna make up with Emma.
  • Rohan Saini, one the best make-up artists of our country made Susan up for the award ceremony.

 

Note: I know some of you might be confused with ‘make up’ phrasal verb and some may even think that it’s wrong. So before you reach to any conclusion, I would like to clear all your doubts with this ‘make up’ thing. In the above context I am talking about the phrasal verb ‘make up’ which means to forgive each other and be friendly again. On the other hand the ‘make up’ you hear all the time is the noun, not a phrasal verb. That too is correct but that’s not phrasal verb.

In the example above ‘make-up’ used in “one of the best make-up artists” is a noun while ‘made Susan up’ is a phrasal verb.

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Phrasal verbs you need to know.

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Context:

This Monday my friend Joe just dropped by to ask if I was coming to his party on upcoming Thursday. I didn’t want to disappoint him by saying no, so I rather preferred to accept his invitation as it could have hurt him deep down inside.

My dad dropped me off to his place on the party day but I was not at all pumped up for the party or celebration as I had to move to a new city after few days, so there were so many things going on in my head.

Soon after the party I returned back to my home, changed my clothes and slept right away.

Meaning:

I know you may not like the story in the context (after all I am not writing a novel or story). I make these contexts with the deliberate use of phrasal verbs so that these situations could create a link in your mind which helps you learn these phrasal verbs better and remains in your memory for longer period of time.

So without further ado, let’s see what the phrasal verbs in context mean:

  • Dropped by – To stop for a visit for short period of time.
  • Dropped (someone) off – To leave someone to a destination.
  • Pumped up – Excited.
  • Right away – Just now or then (as per the tense says)

 

Examples:
  • Rubina just dropped by to see if my grandpa was doing good.
  • Don’t worry I will drop you off to school tomorrow.
  • The new singer was so pumped up for his upcoming song.
  • As soon as she came to know about benefits of herbal products, she a ordered a kit right away.

 

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Get a move on!

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Context

It was 4th of September when Robin was told by his father John, that they are going to Vancouver by flight at 8:00 PM the next day. He was on cloud nine (click here) as he was bored stiff in his house. His mom packed their clothes and they were all ready. They thought they would head over to airport at 4:30 PM, but at moment when they had to go, their taxi punctured due to which they had a delay of 1 hour.

“We have to get a move on, else we will miss the flight”, said John. After some time they reached the airport sharp at time anyhow and the family hence reached Vancouver to enjoy their time.

 

So did you see when you have to get a move on?

Yup! You got that right.

It is used to say someone to hurry up.

So it means: To hurry up.

Examples:
  • Idiomatic sentence: You better get a move on or you will miss the train.

Normal sentence: You better hurry up or you will miss the train.

  • Idiomatic sentence: Get a move on guys, subscribe to our email list so that you never miss a post.

Normal sentence: Hurry up guys, subscribe to our email list so that you never miss a post.

 

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How I ‘got through’ my examinations?

How I got through my examination?

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Context Story: “This summer I went to Mumbai (my nanny’s place) to spend my summer vacations. I didn’t want to mess up my holidays by taking the notebooks there, so I did not bother much about my studies. I enjoyed my holidays to the fullest because I knew I would surely get through my examinations. Days passed by and soon came the semesters. The thought that I would do good in my examination has now changed to –“Will I get through this time?”

Things were still up in the air whether I will get through or not. I studied with my best possible ways I could and gave my exams. The results were declared after 10 days. I don’t know how to express my happiness but I was on cloud-nine (Click here!) knowing the fact that I got through my examinations.”

Do you get through your examinations every time?

Sorry if you are offended, I don’t doubt your intelligence but getting through my Chemistry exam during my school age seemed next to impossible.

Still don’t know what it means? No problem.

It means: To pass an examination.

Example:

  • Getting through the chemistry examination during my school age was one of the most difficult things which I have been through.
  • If you didn’t work at all, don’t expect to get through any competitive examination.

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