Hang in There, Hagar!

Hägar Language School

When you’re in a difficult situation and you’re losing hope, a friend might say to you, “Hang in there – I’m sure it will get better soon.”

So, “hang in there” means “don’t give up when you’re in a difficult situation.”

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Phrasal what?

The term phrasal verb is commonly applied to two or three distinct but related constructions in English: a verb and a particle and/or a preposition co-occur forming a single semantic unit. This semantic unit cannot be understood based upon the meanings of the individual parts in isolation, but rather it must be taken as a whole. In other words, the meaning is non-compositional and thus unpredictable. Phrasal verbs that include a preposition are known as prepositional verbs and phrasal verbs that include a particle are also known as particle verbs. Additional alternative terms for phrasal verb are compound verb, verb-adverb combination, verb-particle construction, two-part word/verb, and three-part word/verb (depending on the number of particles), and multi-word verb.
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Apart from Verbs…

English phrasal verbs

fall apart [fɔl ə’pa:t]

If an organization, system or relationship falls apart, it no longer works effectively and eventually fails or ends completely.

– Their marriage began to fall apart.
– The conference was to have taken place yesterday, but it fell apart when one of the most important investors refused to participate.
– Their love began to fall apart.


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Being “tied up”

Confessions of the Linguistic Spy

to be tied up meaning Photo credit: irez.me

This week I learnt another useful phrase – it was in an email rather than in a conversation, but it doesn’t make it less authentic, I’m sure. I was going to arrange to speak to somebody on Skype to save us sending each other another half a dozen of emails. I mentioned I could call right not, but the reply was ‘I’m tied up at the moment, shall we Skype later today?’

The meaning is quite obvious, really, but I think it’s one of those ubiquitous (but handy!) phrasal verbs that can express so much in so few words!

Some more useful examples:

– Oh, is it eleven o’clock already? I got so tied up with sending out these invitations that I didn’t even notice (phrasemix.com).

– Sorry, I’m kind of tied up at the moment. Can I call you back? (phrasemix.com).

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10 Phrasal Verbs which Will Make Your English Sound More Natural

Teach Taught Taught

phrasal-verbs Using phrasal verbs can often make your English sound more natural. Today we’ll have a look at 10 phrasal verbs which should be part of your everyday language.

When learning a new phrasal verb, remember to also pay attention to its structure. That is, focus on whether the verb is used in a transitive or intransitive way, notice what comes after the preposition (for example, a person, an activity or a thing). Indeed the same phrasal verb can have more than one meaning and to a different meaning usually corresponds a different pattern . For instance, ‘to get back from somewhere’ means to return but ‘to get back to someone’ means to contact them usually by phone or email.

This is why below I added in brackets the pattern these 10 phrasal verbs follow when they have the meaning I want to present you with.

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8 must-know BE phrasal verbs II

Speak English Like A Native.

As promised, there is Part 2 of the 8 must-know phrasal verbs, so enjoy it and feel free to ask questions if you’re not sure about anything.

If you haven’t checked out Part 1 of the 8 must-know phrasal verbs, DO IT NOW!

2-I’m up…(up for/up to/up against)
I’m up for some ice cream!
I want some ice cream/I feel like having ice cream now
Can you guess what these mean then?
I’m up for Chinese food. OR are you up for a movie? OR are you up for a game of chess?

The meaning would be completely different though if I used this idiom…
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I can also say…
I’m up to the job
I am physically/mentally…

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