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Phrasal Verb – Come Back

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 09:03 AM
posted by Jo

Come Back

The phrasal verb 'come back' means to return to a place one has been before; to return to a previous activity

Example: Max left our office, but quickly came back after discovering he had left his keys here.

Come back to London soon, I will miss you while you are away.

The phrasal verb 'come back' can also mean to return to or regain a past success after a period of misfortune.

Example: France came back to beat England after being down 1-0 all game.


Phrasal Verb – Find Out

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 10:03 AM
posted by Jo

Find Out

The phrasal verb 'find out' means to discover a fact or information that you did not know before.

Example: My sister found out that her husband had been planning a surprise party for her.

I went to the library to find out all I could about the Vietnam War.
We often add the word 'about' to this phrasal verb.
Example: He found out about the theft when he arrived home.

Phrasal Verb – Take After

Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 12:08 PM
posted by Jo

Take After

When you take after somebody in your family, you are like them in appearance, behaviour or character.

Present Simple Take after
Past Simple Took after
Past Participle Taken after
-ing form Taking after

Examples of Use:

  • I take after my father but my brother is more like my mother.
  • Most people say that I took after my father.
  • I wish I had taken after my mother, she is very beautiful.

Phrasal Verb – Grow Up

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 12:08 PM
posted by Jo

Grow up

To grow up means to develop from a child to an adult; to spend the years between being a child and being an adult.

Present Simple Grow up
Past Simple Grew up
Past Participle Grown up
-ing form Growing up

Examples of use:  

  1. I grew up in Australia.
  2. When I grow up I want to be a doctor.
  3. She is growing up fast.

Phrasal Verb – Cheer Up

Friday, August 12, 2011 @ 07:08 AM
posted by Jo

Cheer Up

If someone tells you to 'cheer up' they want you to become happier.

Examples:  "Cheer up, things will get better soon"

He cheered me up when he gave me a bunch of flowers.


Phrasal Verb – Calm Down

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 11:07 AM
posted by Jo

Calm Down - To calm down is to relax after being angry.

Examples:  I know you are angry, but I think you need to calm down before you speak to John about crashing the car.

I wish Mum would calm down, I was only 1 hour late coming home, it is not the worst thing that could happen.