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English for lunch - what you have missed

Our 'English for lunch' class had a very interesting topic this week and we tried to go through 25 most common phrasal verbs.



Nicky managed to discuss only 10 of them, but even if you have missed the class don't worry because you can find the list below.
Are you curious what we are going to talk about next week? Have a look at our teaser video!

1. Add up 

a- To be added together and equal the expected or correct total.
Example: “We added up the apples: there were 12”

b-To make sense: to seem to be logical or true.
Example: “Her story didn’t add up, I think she was lying, it didn’t make sense”

2. Blow up 

a- To fill (something) with air or gas
Example: “Please could you blow up those balloons?”

b- To explode or to cause (something, such as a bomb) to explode.
Example: “The building was blown up by a bomb”

c- To become very angry.
Example: “When I said I couldn’t go to her party, she blew up”


3. Bring up 

a- To take care of and teach (a child who is growing up).
Example: “Their grandparents brought them up because their parents were always travelling”

b- To mention (something) when talking: to start to talk about (something).
Example: “Don’t bring up the fight again, please!”


4. Call off 

a- To stop doing or planning to do (something) .
Example: “Maria called off the wedding, she decided she didn’t love him”

b- To cause or tell (a person or animal) to stop attacking, chasing, etc.
Example: “Call off your dog! He’s attacking my cat”

5. Carry on 

a- To continue to do what you have been doing
Example: “Sorry I interrupted, carry on talking!”

b- To behave or speak in an excited or foolish way.
Example: “The little boy was carrying on: shouting and kicking all day long”


6. Come across 

a- To seem to have a particular quality or character: to make a particular impression.
Example: “Julia came across as a bit bossy”

b- To be expressed to someone.
Example: “I tried to sound happy but it came across as over-excited”

c- To meet or find (something or someone) by chance.
Example: “Luis was leaving the fruit shop and he came across Tom, what a coincidence”


7. Come up with 

a– To get or think of (something that is needed or wanted).
Example: “We finally came up with a solution to the problem!”

8. Fall apart 

a- To break into parts in usually a sudden and unexpected way,
Example: “My cake fell apart when I tried to cut it”

b- To become unable to live in a normal way because you are experiencing a lot of confusion or emotional pain
Example: “After the divorce, she fell apart”


9. Get along 

a- To be or remain friendly
Example: “We’re not together anymore, but we get along great”

b- To make progress while doing something.
Example: “How are you getting along at playing the guitar?”

c- To leave a place
Example: “It was lovely to see you, but my friend has to get along, she has class”

d- To become old.
Example: “Her grandma is getting along; she’s almost 99”


10. Get away 

a- To go away from a place.
Example: “I cannot wait to get away from the city”

b- To avoid being caught: to escape
Example: “The thieves managed to get away in a stolen car”

c- To not be criticised or punished for (something).
Example: “Yvonne is always lying, I can’t understand how she gets away with it”


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