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Bring up, fall apart, get over, put through...
Some common phrasal verbs, with meanings and examples.


1. ask someone out

- to invite on a date

Tom asked Emily out to dinner.

2. blow up

- to explode or to cause something to explode
The terrorists tried to blow up the airport.

3. bring up

- to take care of and teach a child who is growing up; to educate a child
Tom was brought up by his grandparents.

4. call off

- to cancel, to stop doing or planning to do something
Barbara decided to call off her wedding with Jason.

5. carry on

- to continue to do what you have been doing

If you carry on working so well, you are sure to pass your exams.

6. come across

- to meet or find something or someone by chance
I came across my diary when I was cleaning up my desk.

7. come up with

- to get or think of (something that is needed or wanted), think of a solution, excuse etc...
Nobody could come up with a satisfactory explanation for the accident.

8. fall apart

- to break into parts in usually a sudden and unexpected way
The cup fell apart in my hands.


9. get along

- to have a good relationship with someone

I don't get along with my brother - we have nothing in common.

10. get away

- to go away from a place
I can't wait to get away from the city.

- to avoid being caught, to escape
The bank robbers got away.

11. get over

- to recover from sth, to become healthy again after an illness

You have to be strong to get over an illness like that.

- to start to forget someone and feel happy again after a relationship has ended

Finally, Kate got over her ex-boyfriend.

12. give up

- to stop an activity or effort, to stop doing something that you do regularly
His wife gave up taking sugar in tea and coffee to lose weight.

13. go on

- to continue happening or doing sth as before

The conflict between the two neighbours went on for 20 years.

- to happen
What’s going on?

- to start talking again after a pause or interruption

Please go on – I didn't mean to interrupt you.

14. look after

- to take care of someone or something
Children are also expected to look after their parents in their old age.

15. look back on

- to remember; to reflect on/consider something in the pas, to think about past

"Don't look back in anger" Oasis

16. look forward to

- to expect (something) with pleasure

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

17. look up

- to find (or try to find) something (e.g. a telephone number in a telephone directory)
Let’s look up his number in the yellow pages.

18. make out

- to write (something, such as a check)
Who shall I make the check out to?

- to see, hear or understand (something or someone) often with difficulty, often used in negative with can't and couldn't
I can’t make out what you’re saying, can you speak louder?

19. make up

- to invent, sometimes with the purpose of deception (e.g. a story, an excuse, a lie, an explanation)

How to make up a reasonable excuses for being late?

20. pick up

- to give someone a ride in a vehicle

Could you pick me up from the airport?

21. put on

- to dress oneself
I put on a sweater and trousers.

- to get fat

He has put on a lot of weight since he lost his job.

22. put off

- to put off sth - to postpone, to do something at a later time or date
Can we put off the meeting until tomorrow, please? I am very tired.

- to put off sb - to cause (someone) to dislike someone or something,
I was put off by his arrogance.

23. put through

- to make someone experience something difficult or unpleasant

The students were put through difficult tests.

24. turn up

- to increase the volume, temperature, etc., of something

I can barely hear the radio. Can you turn it up a little?

- to appear

He didn't turn up for class today.

- to be found usually unexpectedly
Oh! My key turned up in my bag!

25. watch out

- look out, to be careful (imperative)

Watch out for additional effects if you take these medicines.



+2 #2 Marta 2016-06-19 17:17
Genialne bardzo fajne. Podoba mi się ze sa tu te przykłady zdań jak i też dobrze przetłumaczone sformulowania :lol: :-). Oby takich więcej :P
+1 #1 Paulina_Wasiak 2015-04-18 10:07
Szkoda, że tłumaczenia nie ma :( Ale tak to super :)

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