Phrasal Verb Epic Lesson-3

Welcome to this English lesson where you are going to learn 52 English phrasal verbs.

These phrasal verbs are common in everyday English. Here’s how to take this lesson:

  • listen to the story about Dave below with subtitles turned on
  • listen again but this time notice the phrasal verbs that I use
  • learn about these phrasal verbs below

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52 Commonly Used Phrasal Verbs for Everyday Conversations

Daves alarm goes off at 4:30: this means that the alarm rings or makes a sound.

  • is that your alarm going off?

As soon as he gets up: to get up means to get out of your bed in the morning

  • what time should we get up tomorrow?

He turns on the coffee machine: to turn something on means to start it

  • how do you turn this on?

He’s run out of cream: if you run out of something, it means you don’t have any left

  • We’re running out of cream (nearly gone)

It’s time to work out: to work out means to exercise

  • I haven’t worked out much this week

He sets off on his 20-mile run: to set off means to start a journey/run

  • what time did you set off this morning?

breathing in the ocean air: this means to inhale. It can also be used to experience something, for example:

  • Breathe it in – this is magical

As he runs along the oceanfront: to run along something means to run next to something – it can be used for other things too such as:

  • The trail runs along the train tracks

He’s running out of energy: similar to the milk example before, we can use this for energy, patience, and other things

  • I’m running out of patience

He doesn’t give up: to give up means to quite / to stop doing something

  • Don’t give up now!

He bangs out 100 push-ups: if you bang something out it means to do something in a quick manner

  • Bang out three laps for me

He turns on the shower: Again, this means to start something

  • Should we turn on the A.C.?

He jumps in the shower: this means to get in the shower

  • The water’s cold but just jump in

He dries himself off: to dry yourself off means to dry yourself with a towel

  • Give me a second – I just need to dry myself off and get changed

He opens up his computer: to open a closed laptop – it can be used to open files too:

  • Open up the presentation and I’ll show you how to do it

He logs in to his emails: enter your username and password to access your emails

  • I can’t log in to my account

He turns down five offers: to turn down something means to refuse to do it

  • I had to turn that job down

He has to iron out a few details: to resolve/agree to some details

  • Let’s iron everything out in the morning

He looks up flights to New York: find information about / research something

  • Can you look something up for me?

He doesn’t have time to shop around: to shop around means to consider several options and compare prices before making a decision

  • I’m going to shop around a bit

He fills out the form: to complete a form with information (name, address, etc.)

  • Fill this out first and the doctor will see you soon

It’s time to get on with writing his presentation: to get on with something is to spend your time doing something

  • just get on with it (in this case, just start it – it’s critical)

He doesn’t want to put this off until next week: to put something off means to delay something

  • I keep putting this off

He gave them up a few years ago: to give something up means to quit something

  • When did you give up alcohol

He warms up leftover pasta: to make something warm (especially, food)

  • Do you want me to warm this up for you?

He digs in: to dig in means to start eating something with enthusiasm

  • It’s ready. Dig in, everyone!

The afternoon is dragging on a bit: if something is dragging on it means that time is going slowly or that things aren’t going as quickly as you like

  • Man, this movie is dragging on!

He adds in a little honey: to include it as part of something else

  • Should I add in some wine to this pasta sauce?

He spends the rest of the afternoon finishing up his presentation: this means to complete the presentation

  • I just have to finish up writing this email

It’s now time to chill out for the rest of the evening: this means to relax/take it easy – it can also mean to not worry

  • Chill out – it’s not a big problem

… to see if she wants to hang out: to hang out means to spend time together in a social way

  • Let’s hang out soon

He heads out just before 5: to head out means to leave your house/office to go somewhere else

  • I can’t speak right now, I’m just heading out

He’s looking forward to catching up: to look forward to something means that you are excited about something

  • Are you looking forward to tonight?

They grew up together: this means that they spent their childhood together

  • Growing up in northern England meant playing outside in the rain

He pops in for a few minutes: to pop in means to enter someone’s house for a brief period of time

  • I’m going to pop round to Dave’s to pick something up

They decide to eat out: to eat out means to eat at a restaurant

  • They’re always eating out

He wolfs them down: to eat something very quickly

  • I hate how he wolfs down that expensive meal

Sarah only picks at them: the opposite of wolf down – to not eat a lot and eat slowly

  • I’m going to get extra chips as I know she’ll pick at them

They then go through the menu again: this means to look at the menu again to see what’s on offer

  • I haven’t gone through the menu yet

… and pick out a main meal to share: this means to choose something

  • She takes forever picking out an outfit

Sarah then knocks back a couple of very expensive cocktails: to drink – usually alcohol – quickly

  • He’s knocking back beers like there’s no tomorrow

He’s trying to cut back on alcohol during the week: this means to reduce

  • I’ve cut back on sugar

They actually run into an old friend from school: to meet someone who you know by chance

  • Guess who I ran into today!

They decide to stay out a bit longer: to remain out of the home

  • I couldn’t stay out late on a school night

Dave drops Sarah off at home: to drop someone off means to take them home (in a car)

  • Can you drop me off?

He has enough time to write down what he has learned that day: to write something on a piece of paper

  • Write this down

He then turns off the lights: the opposite of turn on

  • Can you turn your light off?

He gets into bed: to enter your bed

  • He hurt his knee getting out of his car

And passes out immediately: to fall asleep straight away

  • I was so tired I passed out on the train

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