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Richard-Business Eng
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10 Commonly Used Phrasal Verbs

The following phrasal verbs (verb + preposition/adverb) are commonly used in Canada, the US and the UK:




Bear with
Meaning: Be patient
Example: Please BEAR WITH me a moment while I finish my work.


Belong to
Meaning: Be a member of a group
Example: He BELONGS TO a secret club.


Belong with
Meaning: Be in the correct or appropriate location with other similar items
Example: Does this disc BELONG WITH those on the shelf?


Bend over backwards
Meaning: Do a lot to try to help or please someone
Example: I BENT OVER BACKWARDS for them and they didn't even thank me.


Block off
Meaning: Obstruct access to an area or prevent people/vehicles from leaving an area
Example: The police BLOCKED OFF the road after the murder.


Blow up
Meaning: Explode
Example: The bomb BLEW UP without any warning.


Blow up
Meaning: Inflate
Example: The pressure was low, so I BLEW the tire/tyre UP.


Blow up
Meaning: Enlarge (e.g., photograph).
Example: BLOW UP that photo so we can see his face.


Blow up
Meaning: The beginning of a storm
Example: A storm BLEW UP while we were out walking.


Blow up
Meaning: Lose your temper, become angry
Example: They BLEW UP when they heard what I had done wrong.

Aug 6, 2016 1:03 PM
Comments · 14

Thank you so much Richard, for this discussion! I was really missing them and the truth is that I find phrasal verbs so difficult! 

This is the first time I have heard of "To bend over backwards" and I think I must include it to "my repertoire of useful English expressions"! So, let me give it a try with a sentence ...

I felt quite disappointed when after bending over backwards for my friend, she left me aside once she got what she needed.

August 6, 2016

Thanks for your comments:






August 8, 2016

(Tú) Entiendes perfectamente esta expresión  You can not always rely on Google translate but I must admit that I have used it more than once and it worked perfectly! 

Being able to bear with students is one of the qualities teachers should have and you definitely has it!

It is great having your entries back, again!!

August 6, 2016

@ Sudeep

Your thanks is much appreciated.

When an italki member, teacher or tutor provides helpful information (never "informations" (uncountable noun) they truly appreciate the thanks of at least a few good people who have read the information and found it helpful.

Your respectful, good manners make our efforts worthwhile.

August 6, 2016

Hello, Richard. I compared your two discussions about Phrasal Verbs and decided that for me  Verbs in this discussions are easier. Thank you for useful discussions. I must begin from here:)

August 11, 2016
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Richard-Business Eng
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