English Phrasal Verbs: Put Off Doing Something – Explanation and Examples

Phrasal Verbs: Put Off

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In this lesson, I show how I used the phrasal verb put off in one of my videos, and then give more examples.

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To Put Off Doing Something

In the example I gave, I said the following:

“I hear reasons why English learners want to put off starting this journey.”

(The clip was taken from this video.)

This means to postpone doing something; to do something at a later date. Here are three more examples:

  • “I keep putting off going to the dentist.”
  • “My friends boss has put off the meeting until tomorrow.
  • Talking about homework: “I always put it off until the last minute.”

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1. Answer the question below: What have you put off doing recently?
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  • Rafael Ferreira

    I’m always putting off starting work out.

    • It is better to say, “I always put off starting my work out.”

  • Nafa

    I put off to do my course work.

    • “I put off doing…”

      • Nafa

        Oh, thanks for correction)

  • nur

    I always put off playing an instrument.

  • Inga Nikitina

    Hi, Jack! I have put off washing my windows because of a nasty turn in the weather.

  • Neri

    Hi, Jack dear!. It’s nice to hear you voice again!. Thanks for such a great explanation!. Btw, I’ve recently put off making an appointment to see a Doctor. I think I’m scared of hearing something bad…. Anyways, I’ll be fine. Keep sending me emails, as I really enjoy your videos and your accent is PERFECT, and It’s always a pleasure to hear you!.Bye

  • sami

    I always put off my prayer until finish my work.

  • I have put off answering my emails recently .