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This post looks at phrasal verbs that are used to talk about things we do we when travel. At the end is a self-test for you test your knowledge.

Check in

= to arrive at a hotel and get the key for your room

You can check in any time after 2pm.

Important: A ‘check-in’ desk is at the airport. It is where you go to ‘check in’ with the airline before going through passport control.

 

Check out

= to leave a hotel after returning your key and paying your bill

All guests must check out before 10 am.

 

Drop someone off

= to drive someone somewhere and leave them, usually if you are driving somewhere else.

Can you drop me off at the station on your way to work?

 

Get in

= arrive

What time does the train get in?

 

Get away

= to go somewhere for a holiday usually because you need a rest

When this project is over I want to get away for a few days.

 

 

Go back

= return to the place you were before

We go back tomorrow but I wish we could stay a few more days. I love it here!

 

Hurry up

= to start moving or become quicker

Hurry up! I don’t want to be late.

 

Look around

= to visit a place and look at things there

I can’t wait to look around the town. I hear there are lots of museums and art galleries here.

 

Look forward to

= to be excited about doing or seeing something or someone

I’m really looking forward to getting away next week. I haven’t had a holiday for five years!

 

Pick up

= collect

What time do you want me to pick you up from the airport?

 

Set off

= leave

We need to set off early because it’s the school holidays and the traffic on the motorway will be terrible.

 

Stop over

= to stop somewhere for some time whilst travelling somewhere else

We’re going to Australia next year and we’re stopping over in Singapore for a few days to visit my sister who lives there.

 

Take off

= when a plane leaves the ground

You must fasten your seat belt. The plane is going to take off soon.

= leave a place

Where’s Richard?     He took off. He had to leave early because of a doctor’s appointment.

Important:

Take-off is the noun.

Test yourself on travel phrasal verbs by filling in the missing words (answers are at the end)

Dear Jo,

Here we are in sunny Madrid. I am so glad we were able to 1._____ _____ for a few days. Work has been so busy. We had to 2. ______ _____ really early because we had an early morning flight. Luckily Kim 3._______ us_____ at five in the morning and 4._______ us ____ at the airport on her way to work. Sam has never flown before and he was a little bit nervous when the plane 5.______ ____. But he says he loves flying now! We arrived in Madrid at eight o’clock in the morning. We couldn’t 6._______ _____ to the hotel until two o’clock so we had to carry our bags. Anyway, the hotel is beautiful and I can’t wait to 7.______ ______ the city.

We’re leaving on Friday. We need to 8.______ ______ of the hotel by eleven am. We are going to 9._______ ______ in Paris for a few days to visit some old friends of Sam’s before flying home. Our plane 10._______ _____ to Gatwick airport on Sunday at eight o’clock in the evening. Anyway, I must go now. Sam is telling me to 11.______ _____. We are 12._______ _____ to the hotel for a nap before dinner.

Lots of love

Mary

Travel phrasal verbs quiz answers:

  1. Get away
  2. Set off
  3. Picked up
  4. Dropped off
  5. Took off
  6. Check in
  7. Look around
  8. Check out
  9. Stop over
  10. Gets in
  11. Hurry up
  12. Going back

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Business Phrasal Verbs: Learn English Vocabulary

Business Phrasal Verbs

This post looks at phrasal verbs, in particular, business phrasal verbs.  A phrasal verb is a phrase describing a usually single worded verb in more than one word.  They can be made using a verb and an adverb or a proposition, or both.

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Phrasal verbs are not usually used in formal, academic writing or business contracts. 

Business

Phrasal Verbs

Meaning

Sentence

Example

Branch out
 

Expand a business (often into a different area of trade/business)

 

 

Our range of sports equipment is selling well. We thought we might branch out into sportswear. 

 

 

Back up
 

Make a copy of files etc on a computer

 

 

Don’t forget to back everything up before you leave tonight.

 

 

Call back
 

Return a telephone call

 

I’m afraid she’s in a meeting.  Can I ask her to call you back?

 

 

Call off
 

Cancel or stop something from happening

 

 

We need to call off tomorrow’s trip to Head Office. The boss is ill.

 

 

Carry on
 

Continue

 

I don’t think we can carry on with our plans to buy the new factory.

 

 

Carry out
 

Do something (especially something you said you would do)

 

 

We can’t stop now.  We need to carry out the plans to build a new office. 

 

Come up with

 

 

 

Think of (usually an idea, plan or suggestion)

 

Can anyone come up with an idea for the Christmas party this year?

 

Deal with
 

Meet or talk to someone (usually as part of your job)

 

 

I had to deal with some very difficult clients today.  I’m exhausted.

 

 

Fill out/in
 

Complete a form

 

He needs to fill out an application form.

 

 

Hold on
 

Wait

 

Can you hold on, please, I need to get my diary.

 

 

Lay off
 

To make someone redundant

 

The company is losing money. I hope they don’t have to lay anybody off.

 

 

 

Note down
 

Make a note of something/write something down

 

 

I forgot to take a note of his name and address.

 

Run out of
 

To use/finish/sell all of something

 

 

We’ve run out of envelopes. Can you order some, please?

 

Set up
 

Formally establish a new company, business or system

 

 

He set up his own business five years ago. I think he is a website designer.

 

 

 

Set up (2)

 

 

Organise an event or activity that is going to happen

 

 

Can you set up a meeting with the directors for next Monday?

 

 

Take on

 

 

Employ

 

We have taken on six new members of staff in the last four months.

 

 

Take over

 

 

Take control of

 

Our company has been taken over by a big American corporation.

 

 

Take up

 

 

Occupy/fill time

 

I hope I haven’t taken up too much of your time!

 

 

Weigh up
 

Consider

 

Have you weighed up all the possibilities?

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