Category Archives: Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verb of The Day – Keep up

Hi everyone, today’s phrasal verb is keep up. Basically, it means to remain at the same standard or position as someone or something else; to maintain a necessary pace or level.


  • You need to keep up with the metronome’s rhythm, otherwise it will sound awful.
  • The teacher told me to keep up the good work.





Phrasal Verb of The Day – Drop off

Drop off is a phrasal verb that has a lot of meanings. We’ll see two of those today.

1. If we want to say that we’ll be leaving someone in a specific place:

  • I’ll drop you off at the airport at 7:30 am. Is that OK for you?

2.  If we want to say something is diminishing:

  • Because the rains this year have been scarce, there’s been a great drop off of the water level in the river.

Hope it helps!

Phrasal Verb of The Day – Come across

My FCE4 course finally started.  We have classes again and new classmates, which for me, is exciting, considering the fact that only three of us made it through the last course. Anyway, let’s move on to the phrasal verbs. This is what happened yesterday.

One of the five FCE  papers consists on Use of English, in which you have four different types of tasks. Again, one of those tasks is called Open Cloze, which is about thinking of a single word to complete the missing gap in the text given. We have several of those type of exercises in the Student’s Book and yesterday  we had a text about the Post-it® notes. The two initial paragraphs went like this: “I had not realised quite how many inventions and discoveries had come about by chance until fairly recently when I was given a book on the subject. I came _______ some very interesting facts indeed. Did you know, for example, that Post-it notes, those small, yellow, sticky […]”. I have to admit the word across didn’t come to my mind (looks like I need to invest more time on phrasal verbs with come, he he he) , instead, I picked the word with. As you already know, it was wrong. The thing is that come across in this context means to find something by chance, to find it unexpectedly.


  • I came across with the solution to that math problem fooling around with some basic formulas.

Hope it helps!

It began long ago…


Yesterday I was watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  I have to admit that I expected at least additional scenes for the DVD version, but anyway, for what it matters, the movie is fantastic.

The thing is, I thought it would be a good idea to write down some words or expressions that I could pick up from the movie, in order to have a list for future reference or just to add up a bit of vocabulary.  The list is not extensive nor does contain very specific or hard words or phrasal verbs, but as I wrote before, it might help to build up your vocabulary. One last thing, the meanings of the words are those from the context of the film.

  • Stronghold:A place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack.
  • Line: It means ancestry, where you come from, your lineage.
  • Thrive: to prosper, to flourish.
  • Covet: To desire excessively to possess or have something (like Thorin’s grandfather, he coveted gold).
  • Plunder: Steal goods from someone. It also means booty.
  • Abduct: Take (someone) away illegally by force or deception; kidnap.
  • Decay: The state or process of rotting or decomposition (Do you remember when they entered the Trolls cave?).
  • Sap: The fluid that circulates inside the plants.
  • Chamomile: An aromatic European plant of the daisy family, with white and yellow daisylike flowers (Chamomile tea is what one of dwarfs offered Gandalf at Bilbo’s house).
  • Burglar:  A robber, thieve. (“If I say that he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is.” Don’t mess with Gandalf…)
  • Wipe out: To erase or destroy something (or someone) completely.
  • Draw near: To approach,  approximate.
  • Vanquish: To defeat completely.
  • Give up:  Taken someone as lost.
  • Take back: To recover. The dwarf were trying to recover Erebor form Smaug.

Phrasal Verb Of The Day – Break out

Hi everyone, today’s phrasal verb is break out. How do we use it?

Well, you can use it in cases when something happens suddenly or starts abruptly like a fire, a riot, etc. You can also use it for saying that something is ready for action or use.


  • A riot broke out in prison.
  • Break out the guns, we’re going for a hunt!
  • There’s been a fire break out in the city mall. Firefighters are already there.

Phrasal Verb of the Day – Set off

What do you think set off means? To turn off something? To end something? Well, what it really means is to leave. It’s usually used when you talk about traveling.

Here’s an example:

  • “We’d better set off early tomorrow. We have a long journey.”
  • “We’d better leave early tomorrow. We have a long journey.”

Another one:

  • “Richard will set off at nine o’clock. That means he will be here at 10.30″

Hope it helps!

Phrasal Verb of the Day – Give back

I will try to post a “Daily Phrasal Verb” kind of thing. Today’s give back.

Pretty obvious, isn’t it? It means to return something.


  • Why don’t you give back something to society? Do volunteer job at your local school!
  • You have to give back the CD you borrowed from her.

Phrasal Verbs with ‘Bring’


Bring up = Raise

  • Bringing up children is not an easy job. = Raising children is not an easy job.

Bring round = Make someone conscious (medical)

  • It took the doctors an hour to bring her round again. = It  took the doctors an hour to make her conscious again.

Bring about = Cause 

  • Most of the damage of the farm was brought about by the tornado. = Most of the damage of the farm was caused by the tornado.

Bring up = Mention

  • I hope he doesn’t bring up the embarrassing problem with the car again. = I hope he doesn’t mention the problem with the car again.

Bring in = Introduce

  • The council has brought in  a new system for parking spaces in the city. = The council has introduced a new system for parking spaces in the city.

Bring back = Remember

  • Visiting Italy again brought back lots of sad memories. = Visiting Italy again made me remember lots of sad memories.

Bring down = Reduce

  • The dealers have to bring down the price of their cars. They’re too expensive. = The dealers have to reduce down the price of their cars. They’re too expensive.
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