Category Phrasal Verbs

Podcast #146 Phrasal Verbs with UP – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

BRUSH UP / BRUSH UP ON The phrasal verbs brush up and brush up on both mean to re-study something in order to bring your skills closer to a level you had earlier. We are planning a trip to Spain. I’d better brush up my Spanish. I’d better brush up on my Spanish.   BURN […] Read More

Podcast #144 Phrasal Verbs with UP – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

This link to a web page in Desktop English contains a very helpful explanation about the various meanings of up in phrasal verbs: http://desktopenglish.net/up-phrasal-verbs-and-preposition/   ACT UP One meaning of act up is to behave badly, to misbehave, especially in public. I made sure my little son had a nap before we went shopping. He […] Read More

Podcast #142 Phrasal Verbs with COME – Part 3

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

COME OFF The phrasal verb come off can mean to become unstuck or separated. I don’t know how much this shirt costs. The price tag has come off. Come off can also have the meaning of happen, especially for something that has been planned. Did the trip to Las Vegas ever come off? Another use […] Read More

Podcast #140 Phrasal Verbs with COME – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

COME AT The phrasal verb come at means to attack. Whatever Julia said, it made the young man furious. He came at her with a knife.   COME BACK The phrasal verb come back can mean to return to a place. She lived in Tunisia for five years. Then she came back to her native […] Read More

Podcast #139 Phrasal Verbs with COME – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

COME ABOUT The phrasal verb come about can have the same meaning as the verb happen. You became the assistant to the mayor? How did that come about?   Another meaning of come about is come into being. How did the universe come about?   COME ACROSS/UPON The phrasal verbs come across and come upon […] Read More

Podcast #115 Phrasal Verbs with KEEP – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

KEEP FROM When you keep someone from doing something you prevent that person from performing an action. He had a very good lawyer. She kept him from going to jail. I can’t keep myself from eating candy. Oh, I see it is 6:30 already. I don’t want to keep you from dinner.   KEEP IN […] Read More

Podcast #114 Phrasal Verbs with KEEP – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

KEEP AROUND To keep something or someone around means to have the thing or person nearby.   I always keep around some nuts when I’m working. I always keep some nuts around when I’m working.   My brother had geckos, iguanas, and snakes as pets. He also kept around several mice. He also kept several […] Read More

Podcast #110 Phrasal Verbs with THINK (Sentences Only)

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

  Do you ever think about life after death? He was thinking about a new product idea. She thinks only about herself.   They thought about opening a toy store. I’m thinking about eating out tonight. Have you thought about studying Turkish?   He thought of calling his brother, but didn’t. I thought of you […] Read More

Podcast #109 Phrasal Verbs with THINK

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

THINK ABOUT When you think about something you have a thought in your head concerning that thing. For example, suppose I say “I am thinking about how much fun it is to go kayaking.” This means I might have a picture in my head of a kayaking trip I once took. Do you ever think […] Read More

Podcast #98 Phrasal Verbs with PUT – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

PUT IN The  phrasal verb put in means to install. You put in or install a piece of equipment when you place it where it is supposed to be. It took them two hours to put in our new dishwasher. It took them two hours to put our new dishwasher in.   PUT IN FOR […] Read More

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