16 02 2011

I forgot to include the key to the text about the Heroes of the year, but it is better late than never, so there it goes!!!!

heroes of 2010 vocab key

Phrasal verbs ‘put’ part 4

6 11 2010

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.

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Earn, make or win money?

30 10 2010

Have you ever had troubles with these three verbs? In Spanish we only have one verb to express this idea, but in English there are three… so, how do you know which one you have to use? If you click on the next link and pay attention, you’ll never doubt again. Press the play button in the following page.

Phrasal verbs ‘put’ part 3

30 10 2010

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.


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Phrasal verbs ‘put’ part 2

23 10 2010

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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Phrasal verbs ‘put’ part 1

17 10 2010

We are going to look at the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions:

‘to put across’ means to explain or to express something.

* We have to put the message across a little bit more clearly.
* Not a very good presentation. He didn’t put his ideas across very well at all.

‘to put aside’ means to save money

* He’s got enough money. He has put some aside.
* I’ve put aside £100 a month for over a year.

‘to put at’ means to roughly calculate a cost or figure.

* The first estimate put the damage at about £10 000.
* I think he’s the same age as my father. I would put him at 50.

‘to put away’ means to replace something in the place it is normally kept.

* Can you put all your toys away please, darling?
* I’ve put the clean clothes away except your shirts. I don’t know where to put them.

‘to put back’ means to return something to its original place.

* I put the books back on the shelf after I had looked at them.
* When you have finished, can you put everything back, please?

‘to put back’ can also mean to change the time of an event until a later time.

* I can’t make it on Thursday. Can we put it back until Friday?
* My appointment has been put back until next month.

‘to put behind’ means to try to forget about something unpleasant.

* I’ve forgotten all about it. I’ve put it behind me.
* You have to put everything behind you and move on with your life.

‘to put down’ means to stop carrying or holding something.

* My bag was heavy so I put it down on the floor.
* Don’t put your cup down there. It will leave a mark on the table.

‘to put down’ can also mean to criticize someone or their ideas.

* He’s always criticizing, always putting people down.
* You never support me. You are always putting me down.

‘to put down’ the phone means to end a phone call.

* I was so angry, I just put the phone down on him.
* After I put the phone down, I remembered why I’d called you.

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