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Uhhh, phrasal verbs! So scary! OMG She’s gonna talk about phrasal verbs today! So help me God!
Guys come ooon! I know you’re thinking just like that and I wanna say something: STOP WITH THAT RIGHT NOW! Lol I really don’t know what has traumatized you so badly to make you feel so frightened about it.
Let’s put it this way: phrasal verbs guys are nothing but VERBS. Just verbs like to eat, to drink, to speak, to work… but let’s say verbs also have marital status: they might be free and single like the ones I’ve just mentioned or they may be married – phrasal verbs are married to a preposition and every time you see that “couple” they will have a different meaning from the single form LOL
TO WORK means to be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, especially in one’s job – like I have to work harder to finish my project or I work from Monday to Friday.
Now… TO WORK OUT can have two meanings:
- to exercise in order to improve health, strength, or physical appearance, or to improve your skill in a sport:
I work out on my stationary bike.
- Or have a good or specified result like things don’t always work out that way
Sometimes they are related and you can use one to help you memorize the other one but my tip for you: study them separately! Understand each one and don’t rush! Quality is always much better than quantity and don’t worry because, besides having lots of phrasal verbs in our English Bites, we will also have specific episodes about it alright? And feel free to suggest me some you would like to learn alright? So now, let’s get it started. Today I brought not only 3 phrasal verbs but let’s say, special phrasal verbs.
Special phrasal verbs? Yep, they are special because most English learners make mistakes when using them – more specifically they make mistakes on the preposition.
- TO DEPEND ON
Meaning first: to depend on is the same as to need someone or something in order to survive or be successful. The project’s success depends on the support of everyone concerned.
Now, the mistake: DON’T SAY TO DEPEND OF. I know in Portuguese it makes a lot of sense but not in English so every time you decide to use this phrasal verbs, always TO DEPEND ON.
I DEPEND ON YOU. SHE DEPENDS ON HER PARENTS. I DEPEND ON YOUR MONEY. MY SISTER DEPENDS ON MY CAR and so on.
- TO COUNT ON
Again, meaning first: If you count on something, you expect it to happen and include it in your plans. If you count on someone, you rely on them to support you or help you for example You can count on me to help you finish your homework or Don’t count on it, it might never happen.
And the mistake? People sometimes say TO COUNT WITH – again because it makes total sense in Portuguese but again not in English so be careful. You count on people, not with people. You count on something, not with something alright?
- TO BE IN LOVE WITH – Ok, now you’re gonna kill me hahhaha When we think we should use WITH, actually it’s something else… like on, at, to, for…. But when we think about using something else like to, for, in, on, at… it’s actually WITH hahaha – which is this case here.
Don’t be mad at me (not with me hahaha – mad at hahaha) – So, don’t be mad at me, I didn’t make this rule, it’s not my fault kkkk
So, meaning first. When you’re in love with someone, it means you want to spend the rest of your life with this person and you can’t see yourself with anyone else but that person. Just to make it clear, when you love someone it just means you don’t want to see anything happen to them, and that you always want to see that person/family or friend happy. See the difference?
Like, I’m super-duper in love with Tuca, my husband. We’ve been together for 13 years, can you guys believe that? He’s also my best friend and greatest supporter. Awwww
Alright moving on hahaha
The mistake now: Don’t say TO BE IN LOVE FOR …. It’s always TO BE IN LOVE WITH and don’t ever think about translating it because again it won’t make any sense!
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