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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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Phrasal verbs with come Learn English

This post looks at phrasal verbs with come. Phrasal verbs can be confusing for many learners. They often have more than one meaning and several phrasal verbs can all have the same meaning. For example, ‘come round’ has several different meanings. One of the meanings is the same as ‘come to’. Study each example and see if you can make your own examples.

Phrasal verbs with COME


Come across 

 to find

I came across a beautiful painting in the art shop. It’s by a local artist. I’d never heard of her before.

One of the good things about Facebook is that you sometimes come across people that you knew years ago. That can also be one of the bad things about Facebook ….


Come across as something 

 to appear in a particular way

I don’t want to come across as rude but I think you could be nicer to people.

My boss always comes across as angry but he is a kitten underneath. He is the kindest person I know.


Come along

go with someone or arrive at a place

Are you coming along with us to Pete’s party on Saturday night?

I might come along a bit later. I am driving back from Scotland that day.


Come along can also be used to tell someone to be hurry up if you are going somewhere

Come along! We’ll miss the bus if we don’t hurry.


Come apart

To break into pieces.

This new toy is coming apart. Look, it’s really dangerous.

When he picked up the broken old radio, it came apart in his hands.


Come around to something

To change one’s mind.

My husband wants to get a cat. I wasn’t sure but I’m starting to come around to the idea of having a pet.


Come off

To become separated from something.

Oh no! The door handle came off in my hand. I can’t open the door.

The paint is starting to come off the wall. We will need to repaint in here.


Come out

Leave a place, go out to socialise or show yourself from a hiding place.

I hope the sun comes out tomorrow. I want to go to the beach. I’m so tired of these cloudy, rainy days!

Come out! I know your hiding. The games over.

Do you want to come out with us tomorrow night? We thought we might go to that new Italian restaurant in the high street.


Come round

  1. Visit someone at their home.

Would you like to come round for dinner next week?

  1. Become conscious.

He came round after an hour.

  1. To change one’s mind.

I’m coming round to the idea of having a pet.

  1. An event that happens at a particular time, regularly.

I can’t believe Christmas has come around so quickly. It feels like it was only yesterday.


Come to

To become conscious.

He fainted when he saw the blood. When he came to, he felt really embarrassed.


Come up with

To think of an idea or plan.

Who came up with that idea? It’s terrible!

Pete has come up with a brilliant idea for an app.

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phrasal verbs that use out

This post looks at some of the phrasal verbs that use out.


back out (of something) = to say you will do something then decide you will not do it:

“Our company was going to open a new factory in Leeds but they backed out at the last minute because the owner thought it would be too expensive.”

break out = escape:

“They broke out of prison last week and the police have been looking for them ever since.”

bring out = make more noticeable:

“That dress really brings out your green eyes.”

check out = leave a hotel after paying and returning your room key:

“We need to check out straight after breakfast or we will miss our train.”

check something out = investigate, visit or look at something:

‘Have you checked out that new Italian restaurant yet.  It’s great!”

cut out = eliminate:

“He’s cut out alcohol and he’s lost a lot of weight.”

find out = discover:

“Did you ever find out why your computer stopped working?”

eat out = eat in a restaurant:

“Do you fancy eating out tonight?”

hand out = distribute:

“The teacher handed out the homework to the class.”

fill out = complete a form:

“You need to fill out all the sections on this form.”

make out = see well:

“I can’t make out what is written on this paper.  Where are my reading glasses?”

pass out = faint:

“I feel terrible.  I think I’m going to pass out from the heat in here.”

put out = inconvenience someone:

“Thank you for offering to feed the cat while I’m on holiday. Are you sure I’m not putting you out?”

stand out = be easily noticeable:

“His singing stood out during the show.  He was easily the best singer there!”

take out = withdraw money:

“I need to take some cash out of the machine on my way to the restaurant.”

work out (1) = calculate:

“We’ve worked out how much everything will cost.”

work out (2) = resolve:

“Everything worked out in the end.”

work out (3) = understand:

“He couldn’t work out why I wanted to move to the countryside.  I told him that I didn’t really like the city.”

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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. 


Phrasal Verbs




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



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



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





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



Have you weighed up all the possibilities?

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Classroom and learning phrasal verbs

Classroom and learning phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs about the classroom and learning

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This post looks at phrasal verbs used to talk about activities in the classroom and learning.  classroom and learning phrasal verbsAt the end is a quiz activity to test your skills.




Phrasal verb

Classroom and Learning


Sentence example


Work out



To learn


Work out how to use the laptop


Cross out



To erase


Cross out your name


Hand in



To submit


Hand in your homework


Look up



To search


Look up that word in the dictionary


Turn down


To lower the volume


Turn down the video, please



Turn up


To raise the volume


Turn up the video, please


Set up



To arrange/organise/make

something ready to use



Set up the hall for assembly


Throw away




Throw away your rubbish


Put off




The homework will be put off until tomorrow


Make up




Make up a poem


Sign up




Sign up to this course


Use up


Use completely


Don’t use up all of the glue


Read over




Read over your homework


Find out




Find out how to use the calculator


Classroom and learning phrasal verbs activity:

 Fill in the sentences below with the correct phrasal verb from the table above


1) For her English homework, Mary had to _____ a story about life on Mars

2) John was asked to_____ the classroom for a meeting

3) Students should always _____their work to check for mistakes

4) My science teacher wants me to _____ why the sea is blue

5) _____ any mistakes

6) I need to _____ my geography homework

7) The teacher told me not to _____ all the glue

8) The teacher wanted to _____ the homework

9) We must _____ our rubbish at the end of class

10) I must _____ for my new course



Classroom and learning phrasal verbs: answers

1)  Make up

2) Set up

3) Read over

4) Find out

5) Cross out

6) Hand in

7) Use up

8) Put off

9) Throw away

10) Sign up

Phrasal verbs with take: learn English grammar and vocabulary

Phrasal verbs with take


This post looks at everyday expressions and phrasal verbs with take.  Phrasal verbs are a phrase of two or more words, usually a verb and a preposition or a verb, adverb and prepositions.  In English there are many phrasal verbs with take and they often have a more ‘formal’ equivalent. e.g.  take after somebody = to resemble



Take after somebody


 = To look like or behave like another member of the family

It seems like she takes after her father.  He used to be really good at chess too.


The twins also take after their mother. They both have the same dark brown hair and the same nose.


Take apart


= To separate something in to parts


When my daughter was young she used to take everything apart because she wanted to see how things worked.


Take care of something or something


= To be responsible for somebody or something


Would you mind also taking care of our cat while we’re on holiday as well as the hamster?


Take it out of somebody


= Make someone very tired


That run really took it out of me so I’m probably going to have a bath and relax for a bit.

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Advanced English Expressions with GET


Get is one of the most used verbs in the English language.  Therefore it is not surprise that there are many phrasal verbs and expressions containing it. This post is for upper-intermediate and advanced students and it looks at advanced English expressions with ‘get’.

Get hold/ahold of (idiom) = reach someone by telephone/message/text etc

‘I couldn’t get ahold of Tom so I couldn’t ask him to join us tonight.’


Get a feel for something = begin to understand how to do something or use something

‘When you learn to drive you have to get a feel for using the gears and pedals.  After a while, you do it all automatically.’

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Learn English Grammar: Phrasal verbs with ‘get’

Phrasal verbs with GET

 This post looks at some of the most common phrasal verbs with ‘get’.   A phrasal verb is a phrase that contains a verb + preposition or adverb or preposition and adverb.

Phrasal verbs are used a lot in English and therefore they can be very difficult for learners.  Many phrasal verbs usually have a formal equivalent, for example:

After the thief got off the bus he ran towards the town centre.

After the thief alighted from the bus he ran towards the town centre. (formal use)

Phrasal verbs are also difficult for learners because many have more than one meaning.

Finally, you can test yourself at the end of the article with the ‘phrasal verbs with get’ quick quiz.


Get across to make something understood

‘I have been trying to get across to our manager that many of the staff are very unhappy. He just doesn’t want to listen!’

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