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Phrasal verbs 1

Phrasal verbs 1

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Phrasal verbs part 1

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  • We have to ABIDE BY what the court says.

    Accept or follow a decision or rule.

  • They had to ACCOUNT FOR all the money that had gone missing.

    To explain.

  • My partner's been away for a fortnight- I am ACHING FOR her.

    Want something or someone a lot.

  • The police were ACTING ON a tip from an informer and caught the gang red-handed.

    To take action because of something like information received.

  • The medicine only ACTS ON infected tissue.


  • They ACTED OUT the story on stage.

    Perform something with actions and gestures..

  • Their anger is ACTED OUT in their antisocial behaviour.

    Express an emotion in your behaviour.

  • My computer's ACTING UP; I think I might have a virus.

    Behave badly or strangely.

  • The police were ACTING UPON a tip-off.

    To take action because of something like information received.

  • The enzyme ACTS UPON certain proteins.


  • You have to ADD the VAT ON to the price they give.

    Include in a calculation.

  • We ADDED UP the bill to check it was correct.

    To make a mathematical total.

  • She explained why the work wasn't ready, but her story doesn't ADD UP.

    Be a satisfactory explanantion for something.

  • Trains delays are getting worse and with the high fares, it all ADDS UP TO misery for the commuters.

    Have a certain result.

  • The total costs ADD UP TO several million euros.

    Come to a certain amount or figure.

  • I feel terrible- that food didn't AGREE WITH my stomach.

    Affect- usually used in the negative to show that something has had a negative effect, especially is it makes you feel bad.

  • The magazine is AIMED AT teenagers.

    To target.

  • They're AIMING AT reducing costs by ten percent.

    Intend to achieve.

  • You should ALLOW FOR delays when planning a journey.

    Include something in a plan or calculation.

  • The rules don't ALLOW OF any exceptions.

    Make possible, permit.

  • He's been ANGLING FOR an invitation, but I don't want him to come.

    Try to get something indirectly, by hinting or suggesting.

  • Her mother was shocked when she started ANSWERING her BACK and refusing to help.

    To reply rudely to someone in authority.

  • The government should be made to ANSWER FOR their failure to sort out the problem.

    Be held responsible for a problem.

  • I can ANSWER FOR my partner because I know her position on this issue.

    Speak on behalf of someone or from knowing them.

  • The teacher tried to ARGUE the girl DOWN, but she couldn't.

    Beat someone in a debate, discussion or argument.

  • She ARGUED him DOWN ten percent.

    Persuade someone to drop the price of something they're selling.

  • They tried to ARGUE DOWN the proposal.

    Try to persuade people not to accept a proposition, motion, etc.

  • If we can't ARGUE our differences OUT, we'll have to take them to court.

    Argue about a problem to find a solution.

  • He ASKED ABOUT my father.

    Ask how someone is doing, especially professionally and in terms of health.

  • Jenny rang earlier and ASKED AFTER you, so I told her you were fine.

    Enquire about someone's health, how life is going.

  • I have no idea, but I'll ASK AROUND at work and see if anyone can help.

    Ask a number of people for information of help.

  • We ASKED them AROUND for dinner.

    Invite someone.

  • You're ASKING FOR trouble.

    To provoke a negative reaction.

  • I ASKED FOR the menu.

    Request to have or be given.

  • Jon's at the door.' 'ASK him IN.'

    To invite somebody into your house.

  • He wanted to ASK her OUT but was too shy.

    To invite someone for a date.

  • They have ASKED us OVER for drinks on Friday.


  • We ASKED John ROUND for diner.

    Invite someone.

  • They AUCTIONED OFF their property as they were heavily in debt.

    Sell something in an auction.