Friday, October 22, 2010

Pearson Brown English Lesson - Phrasal Verb "run" part 1

Let’s now have a look at the verb ‘to run’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common expressions:

to run across someone’ means to meet them by accident.

* I hadn’t seen Gloria for ages when I ran across her in the supermarket.
* I ran across an old friend in town today. I hadn’t seen him for ages.

to run around’ means to be very busy doing lots of things.

* I’m always running around trying to get everything done on time.
* I spent all morning running around trying to find the things you needed.

to run away’ means to leave, often secretly, because you’re unhappy.

* He was very unhappy in boarding school and ran away twice.
* She ran away from home at sixteen and went to live with a friend in London.

to run down’ means to move quickly to a place in a lower position.

* When I called her, she ran down so fast she nearly fell.
* When I heard the news I ran down the street to tell Lily who lives at the bottom.

to run down’ also means to deliberately reduce the size of something, for example stock.

* Stock is very expensive. We’re trying to run it down to a minimum.
* They are running the company down by not replacing people who leave.

to run someone down’ means to hit a person when driving your car.

* I was crossing the road when a car nearly ran me down.
* She’s in hospital after being run down by a car on Market Street.

to run into’ problems means to meet or encounter difficulties.

* We ran into huge financial difficulties when the construction went over budget.
* The company has run into difficulties since the introduction of the euro.

to run into’ something when you’re driving means to hit something.

* When I was parking, I ran into a post.
* I didn’t brake quickly enough and ran into the car in front.

to run off’ means to escape or leave a place quickly.

* The boys took some sweets from the shop and ran off laughing.
* She waved goodbye and ran off to play with her friends.

to run off with’ something is to steal it.

* They hit the man and ran off with his wallet and mobile phone.
* The financial manager ran off with half a million of the company’s money.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pearson Brown English Lesson - Phrasal Verb "put" part 3

Let’s finish with the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here is the final list of expressions:

to put money towards’ something means to use a sum of money to pay a part of the cost of something.

* When he died, he left me some money which I am going to put towards a house.
* I’m going to put my Christmas bonus towards my summer holiday.

to put up’ a building or structure means to erect.

* Where the old theatre used to be, they have put up a new apartment block.
* They’re putting up a new sports stadium just outside the town.

to put up’ something which is folded means to open it.

* She hit me with her umbrella as she was putting it up.
* It only took fifteen minutes to put up the tent.

to put up’ money means to provide money for a project.

* Without guarantees, the bank won’t put up any money for the project.
* The people in the city put up most of the money for the restoration of the theatre.

to put up’ a price means to increase it.

* We’re not making a profit. We need to put up our prices.
* Their prices are really high now because they have put them up by ten per cent.

to put someone up’ means to let them stay in your home for a short time.

* If you go to Australia, I’m sure some of the family will put you up during your stay.
* I can put you up for a few days while the painters finish your flat.

to put someone up to’ If you put someone up to something you encourage them to do something wrong or silly.

* I don’t think it was his idea. I think someone put him up to it.
* I wonder if John put him up to it. He wouldn’t have done it alone.

to put up with’ something means to tolerate it

* He’s impossible to work with. I don’t know how you put up with him.
* I really don’t like it but I know I’m going to have to put up with it.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pearson Brown English Lesson - Phrasal Verb "put" part 2

Let’s continue with more expressions with the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common ones:

to put on’ a piece of clothing means to place it over a part of the body to wear it.

* It’s cold in here. I’m going to put a sweater on.
* Before going out, he put his boots, coat and hat on.

to put on’ the light means to turn it on.

* It’s dark in here. Can you put the light on, please?
* I didn’t put the light on because I didn’t want to disturb you.

to put on’ weight means to gain a few kilos.

* I must go on a diet, I’ve put five kilos on since the holidays.
* He was looking a little fatter. I think he has put some weight on.

to put out’ a light means to turn it off.

* We don’t need the light now. Could you put it out?
* We put out the light and sat in the dark.

to put out’ something burning means to extinguish it.

* You can’t smoke in here. Please put that cigarette out.
* It took only a few minutes for the fire-fighters to put the fire out.

to put out’ somebody means to cause them extra trouble.

* Please don’t go to any trouble. I don’t want to put you out.
* I’d be happy to do it. You’re not putting me out at all.

to put over’ an idea or opinion means to express it.

* He expresses himself very well and puts his ideas over very clearly.
* I don’t think I put my point of view over very well.

to put someone through’ something means you make them do something unpleasant or to suffer it.

* I’m sorry, we have to do it. But believe me, I really don’t want to put you through it.
* We can’t put him through the ordeal of more surgery. He isn’t strong enough.

to put someone through’ on the phone means to connect the caller to another person.

* Please hold the line, I’m putting you through.
* Good morning. Could you put me through to Mr Davies, please?

to put something together’ means to assemble it.

* This modern flat pack furniture is very easy to put together.
* We’ve put together an excellent team to work on this project.


Chile miners are rescued!!

The whole world jubilated as the first miner trapped underground as deep as 700m below surfaced safely after 69 days.It is a miracle, that these 33 miners have survived for more than 2 months in a dark, hot and humid little space beneath the earth.Hoping for reunification with their loved one become the motivation behind each of them.

Latest news from BBC:The first 14 of 33 miners trapped underground for more than two months in northern Chile have been winched to the surface amid scenes of jubilation.

Well down,Chilean!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pearson Brown English Lesson - Phrasal Verb "put"

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Let’s continue with more expression with the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions:

to put forward’ an idea or opinion means to suggest something for discussion.

* A few suggestions have been put forward for consideration.
* Jan put forward a few ideas for raising money for the charity.

to put forward’ a person or a name means to suggest someone for a job or position.

* He put his name forward as a candidate for election.
* I’ve put Peter’s name forward for the post in accounts.

to put in’ means to install new equipment or a new system.

* We have put in a more powerful engine in the new version.
* We’ve just had a new bathroom put in.

to put in’ money means to invest.

* I’ve put a lot of money in this project. I hope to make a good profit.
* I’ve put all my money in government bonds.

to put in for’ means to request a transfer or to apply for a job.

* I hope I get the job in Toronto. I’ve put in for a transfer there.
* She’s put in for the job in the Export department but I don’t think she’s qualified for it.

to put into’ If you put time, money or energy into something, it means that you invest a lot in it.

* I’m not happy with the result even though I’ve put a lot of time into it.
* She put a lot of effort into getting it right.

to put off’ an event means to postpone it to a later time.

* Tomorrow will be too late. Don’t put it off.
* She’s put the wedding off until her father has recovered from his illness.

to put someone off’ means to stop them doing something by disturbing them.

* I wish he would let me work quietly. His talking puts me off my work.
* All the people watching put him off his game. He didn’t play very well at all.

to put someone off’ another person means to make them dislike someone.

* His arrogant attitude puts people off him very quickly.
* The stories I heard about him really put me off him.

to put off’ the light means to switch it off.

* I couldn’t sleep. I finally put the light off at two in the morning.
* Can you put the light off, please? It’ll be easier to see the screen.

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