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Phrasal verbs open up a whole new world of possibilities for speaking English. They are phrases that give verbs completely different meanings. They are also used incredibly often in everyday conversation, which makes them important to know.
English phrasal verbs are everywhere, so one of the best ways to learn them is to try to listen to them. These phrases are commonly used and would not be unusual to hear in a conversation. Do you hear a verb used together with another word very often? It might be a phrasal verb.
Some phrasal verb meanings are obvious—like “fall down”—but some are almost like idioms since they can’t be literally translated—like “come on.”
There are so many phrasal verbs that it might seem difficult to learn them all. But many of these phrases verbs become natural after a while—all it takes is some repetition and practice.
For example, with phrasal verbs, when your kitten comes across (finds) your paper cranes and makes one fall down (drop), you can either shout “Cut it out!” to make him stop, or you can give in and let your kitten play with the paper crafts. See how useful they are? You probably already know the verbs “come,” “fall,” “cut” and “give,” but the four bold phrasal verbs above might be new.
So come on, let’s learn some phrasal verbs and today I’ll focus on the ones with the verb TO PUT ok?
- Put Off – Put off is the same as To delay doing something, procrastinate like “I’ve been putting off my homework for the past week. Put off may also be used when something caused a bad impression or made somebody repulsed or disgusted for example “She seemed unfriendly. Her attitude really put me off.
- Put Away means to place an object in its proper location. For instance: Here is your book – please put it away. (in other words, put it in your office, in the closet, etc.)
- Put Back means return an object to the location where it came from. It is the opposite of “take something out”. After you’re done using my tablet, put it back. (put it in the location from which you originally took it)
- Put Down. Put down is the same as to write on a piece of paper (sometimes we just say “put” without “down”) like I’m making a shopping list. I already put down bread, cheese, and butter – what else do we need to get? Put down is also common when you criticize and humiliate someone like “Every time I try to add something to the conversation, my brother puts me down by saying my opinions are stupid.
- Put Up With. Guys, put up with means to tolerate; accept an annoying situation or behavior. For example I can’t put up her meaning behavior towards her sister. She should be looking after her and not bullying her.
- Put On. This one I would say it’s a little bit more common among ESL students, right? We’re gonna have three meanings for this one. The first one is to start wearing or using (clothing, accessories, makeup) like She put on her best dress for the prom. TO PUT ON also means to produce a show or performance for example “The local theater company is putting on “Romeo and Juliet.”. And the last meaning is actually a slang which means to trick or deceive someone, it’s the same as “you’re kidding” like “You won the lottery?! No way… you’re putting me on, right?” – in other words, you’re kidding me, right?
How many of them were new to you? Guys, practice always makes perfect so work hard on them even if they are easy for you alright? Next time I’ll bring another verb to help you improve your vocabulary.
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