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Travel phrasal verbs Learn English

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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.


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


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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Adverbs of frequency Learn English Grammar

We use adverbs of frequency when we talk about how often we do something. We usually use it with the present and past simple tenses and the future tenses.

These are the most common adverbs.

Adverbs of frequency

always 100 % He always eats breakfast
usually 90 % I usually eat lunch in the office.




She often goes to bed late.


regularly 70% We regularly walk on the beach.


40-50%   I sometimes go to the library.



hardly ever


I seldom go to the theatre.

never 0% Vegetarians never eat meat.


The adverb usually goes after the subject at the beginning of the sentence. Here are some adverb of frequency examples.


I always clean my teeth in the morning and before going to bed at night.

We usually go to the cinema on Fridays but this week we’re going to a birthday party.

My neighbours frequently play music in the evenings. It drives me mad because it is so loud!

They occasionally like to try out a new restaurant.

We hardly ever go to the theatre because it is too expensive.


There are also other ways of saying how often we do something. These expressions usually go at the beginning or the end of the sentence.


Every now and then we take a trip to the beach with the kids so they can play on the beach.

Every so often my boss brings in cakes for everyone in the office.

We like to visit our friends in London every once in a while.


We can also use ‘every’ and a specific time period, for example,

Every morning

Every day

Every week

Every Sunday

Every month

Every Christmas

Every year

Every ten years


We have family round for lunch every Sunday.

The Olympics is held every four years.

Halley’s comet passes the Earth every 75 years. The last time was in 1986.

Another way of saying how often,

Once a week

Twice a day

Three times a year

Several times a month


You should brush your teeth twice a day.

The head of the company only visits our office four times a year.

They eat out in restaurants five times a week because they don’t like cooking.


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Giving Advice: Learn English Vocabulary

Giving Advice

This post looks at ways of offering someone advice.  We often use groups of words in conversation for example: ‘If I were you’ or ‘Have you tried..?’  This post looks at some of the most common expressions we use when giving someone advice.

Why don’t you look at the examples below and practice giving someone advice using the expressions below?  Ask yourself ‘What would you recommend?’


Beginners – Intermediate

  1. You could …….
  2. You should ……
  3. I think/I really think you must/should …
  4. You probably/definitely/really should …
  5. You could try (verb + ing)
  6. Have you tried (verb + ing)
  7. Why not ….?
  8. One thing you could/should/have to/must do is …
  9. My suggestion/advice is …
  10. Why don’t you …?
  11. It’s usually a good idea to ….
  12. The most important thing is to …..
  13. If I were/was you, I would ….
  14. You had better …

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