Phrasal Verbs (2)


Objectives of today’s lesson:

In this lesson, Learn English with Julia presents to you “Phrasal Verbs (2)”, in order for you to:

  • start learning a phrasal verb list
  • know how to make at least 20 phrasal verbs with sentences
  • use at least 50 phrasal verbs
  • be familiar with at least the 100 most common phrasal verb list pdf


Video Script:

So let’s look at some examples now regarding phrasal verbs

I’ve created a random selection here, of phrasal verbs, with their different meanings.

Here we have the bare infinitive each time and the different meanings there.

let’s start off with: “let down”

“to let down” can mean “to disappoint”.

So when something doesn’t fulfil our expectations

we can say that they let us down.

So someone can let us down for

We could say Jack let his friends down by doing so.

it also means: “to lower”

so if we have merchandise let’s say on a crane or on a ship we can say

They let down the merchandise off the ship or off the crane.

“to take on” means “to hire”

“to employ”. So: He was taken on for this specific job.

So they took him on.

Someone can assume or acquire some skills for example.

We’d say: He took on many new skills throughout this project.

“to take on” also means “to agree to undertake”

So if you have a challenge you can say:

I’m going to take it on. I’m going to take on this challenge.

but it can also mean “to begin”.

For example work.

to take on a new project

all these words are quite useful and quite varied

“to get away” means “to escape”

if you get away from the police, you escape from the police.

You get away with something. So if you do something illegal or wrong and no one finds out so it goes without being known.

And you go without being punished or without

being discovered, you can say that you
got away with it.

So someone got away with murder

so if it’s something very very bad or he got away with stealing the sweets or something illegal or wrong, okay?

“to get along” is the same as “to get on with”

Both are phrasal verbs.

“to get along” means to have a friendly relationship with someone.

You can say: these two people really get along

they get along or they get on well. They get on with one another.

but “get on” can also mean other things:

It can mean “to continue to do something”

so let’s say you’re doing your homework and you say oh no I have to get on with this so don’t get distracted!

You don’t want to talk you want to get on with your homework

it can also mean “to grow late”

We’re chatting and I suddenly realise how late it is I said oh it’s getting on, I need to head home

“to get on” means to grow late, it’s getting late / it’s getting on

finally “to get on” also means ‘to grow old’

so when someone is getting on it means that they are aging

they are growing old

that’s it for today!

Please do watch other videos that I appear in about phrasal verbs, we have many.

And thanks for watching again and I hope to see you soon!


Keywords listed in English:

  • phrasal verbs
  • a particle (a preposition or an adverb)
  • a semantic unit

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