Archive for the ‘Phrasal Verbs’ Category
The phrasal verb 'crowd around' describes when people surround someone or something, especially because they want to see what is happening.
People usually 'crowd around' when someone has been injured, if there is something interesting or exciting to see, or if they are trying to hear someone speak.
Here are some example sentences:
The children were crowding around the small mouse, trying to see whether it was still alive or not.
The followers crowded around their leader to hear him speak.
The noun 'crowd' is a group of people who have gathered together to do something.
The phrasal verb 'put away' means to return something to its proper storage place. Examples:
When you have finished with those tools, please put them away.
Please put away all your toys Toby, they are making a big mess.
'Put away' can also mean to be incarcerated - to be confined to a mental health facility or prison. Examples:
The judge put him away for 5 years for robbing a bank.
Following a psychotic episode, he was put away for 2 months.
The phrasal verb 'catch out' means to cause someone to be out in a game such as cricket by catching the ball after it has been hit.
Example: He was caught out on his first hit.
It also means to discover that someone has made a mistake or is not telling the truth.
Examples: She had been caught out for lying on more than one occasion.
He asked her some questions to see if he could catch her out.
The phrasal verb 'nod off' means to fall asleep momentarily, usually during an activity.
Example: I nodded off during the science lecture.
I nodded off in the cinema, so I missed the end of the movie.
We usually use the phrasal verb 'nod off' when the head falls forward when sleepy.
Watch a video of a baby nodding off while watching TV...
The phrasal verb 'stay away' means to not go to a place, usually because it is harmful or dangerous.
We often use this phrasal verb with the preposition 'from'.
Example: Stay away from that beach, I have heard there are sharks there.
We also use 'stay away' to say not to spend time with a particular person.
Example: Stay away from the new boy in school, he's trouble.
The phrasal verb 'stay away' can be shouted as a warning to somebody to not come any closer.
Example: Stay away! If you come any closer I will call the police.
The phrasal verb 'blow up' has a few different meanings. The first meaning is to fill something with air or gas.
Example: The little boy is blowing up balloons.
The second meaning is to explode.
Example: The whole building blew up when the bomb went off.
The phrasal verb 'carry on' means to continue with something.
Example: Don't give up now, you must carry on with your plans to open a new business.
Carry on to the end of the road and then turn right.
Carry on quietly with your work until the teacher arrives.
The phrasal verb 'carry on' has another meaning which is 'to behave badly'.
Example: The children have been carrying on all morning and driving me mad.