Podcast #98 Phrasal Verbs with PUT – Part 2

Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs


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.



The phrase put in for means to make a formal request or claim for a benefit, usually money or something related to work.

Did you put in for a transfer to the Tokyo office?

I want to have my vacation early this summer. I put in for the first two weeks in July.

The gas company is waiting for approval for their price hike. They put in for a 5% increase.


Another meaning for the phrase put in for refers to writing or typing information onto a form, like an employment application.

This employment application is asking about my reason for leaving my previous job. I don’t know what to put in for that.



The  phrasal verb put off can mean to postpone, to reset something for a later time, maybe even indefinitely.

They put off the meeting until next week.

They put the meeting off until next week.


You don’t have to call right away. You can put off the call for two or three days.

You can put the call off for two or three days.


My son doesn’t manage his time at all well. He always puts off doing his homework.


You can depend on Miguel. He never puts off doing what he promises to do.



Now, just listen to this sentence. His constant laughing really puts me off. Again: His constant laughing really puts me off. When something puts you off, it means the opposite of being attracted. To be put off means to be repelled or repulsed, to feel negative.

His constant laughing really puts me off.

I am put off by people who refuse to compromise.




The  phrasal verb put on can mean to get dressed with something.


Los Angeles is a very casual place. I put on a tie about once a year.

I put a tie on about once a year.


She put on a white blouse and a blue skirt.

The phrase put on can also mean to produce or to stage a performance, like a play or a TV show.



The students put on a play by Arthur Miller.


I haven’t looked at the TV listings. Are they putting on any new mysteries next season?



Putting someone on means to tease them by saying something that’s not true. The object of the verb has to be a pronoun, like me or you.


I can’t believe you said that to your boss! Are you putting me on?


I really admire the way you deal with life. And I’m not putting you on.



The  phrasal verb put out can mean to extinguish when referring to a fire.


They put out the fire very quickly.

They put the fire out very quickly.


The phrasal verb put out can mean to publish or make public.


The government put out a new report on unemployment.

The government put a new report out on unemployment.


He is going to put out a daily blog on sports news.

He is going to put a daily blog out on sports news.


One more meaning of put out is to produce.


The factory put out thirty thousand cars in the first quarter.

The factory put thirty thousand cars out in the first quarter.



His work continues to be substandard. He doesn’t put out enough effort to do things right.


He doesn’t put enough effort out to do things right.



When you put someone out, that means you are causing them to go to extra trouble for you, you’re disturbing  their routine activity.


I’d like to spend time with you and your wife when I’m in Sao Paulo next month, but I plan to stay in a hotel. I don’t want to put you out.



The  phrasal verb put though can mean to have something made into a law or to give it official status.


They put through a tough law about Internet privacy.

They put a tough law through about Internet privacy.


The senate put through a change in their ethics rules.

The senate put a change through in their ethics rules.


Put through can also mean to get connected with someone on the phone.


I don’t think you can solve this problem for me. Please put me through to a supervisor.


When a change is made to a financial account, such as a credit card, you can say that the change was put through.


The store put through a credit of twenty dollars on my Visa card.




The phrasal verb put up can mean to give lodging.


I’m planning to visit New Orleans next month. Can you put me up for a couple of nights?


Another meaning of put up is to construct or erect.


They put up a new house right next to mine.

They put a new house up right next to mine.



The expression put up with means to tolerate, to endure.


You live so close to the highway. How do you put up with the traffic noise?


I am sick and tired of your constant complaining. I won’t put up with it anymore.



From the Internet


See what happens when we let them get away with things, they will take more and more power, they put through laws to protect themselves.

How many megawatts would a fusion power plant put out?

They got enough out of his good moods to put up with his bad ones.

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