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Richard-Business Eng
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11 Commonly Used Phrasal Verbs

Boot up
Meaning: Start a computer
Example: He BOOTED UP the computer and started work.


Boss around
Meaning: Use excessive authority to control people
Example: He BOSSES everyone AROUND.


Bounce back
Meaning: Recover
Example: The economy is BOUNCING BACK from the recession.


Bounce off
Meaning: Test ideas
Example: They BOUNCED ideas OFF each other in a brainstorming session.


Box up
Meaning: Pack things in boxes to move them
Example: At the end of term, I BOXED my books UP and sent them home.


Branch out
Meaning: Move into a different area of business, etc.
Example: The supermarkets have BRANCHED OUT into banking.


Break down
Meaning: End negotiations unsuccessfully
Example: The talks between management and the unions BROKE DOWN acrimoniously.


Break down
Meaning: Start crying
Example: He BROKE DOWN in tears.


Break down
Meaning: Stop working
Example: My car's BROKEN DOWN, so I came by taxi.


Break down
Meaning: Remove a barrier or obstacle
Example: He had to BREAK DOWN their opposition to his ideas.


Break off
Meaning: End a relationship
Example: She BROKE OFF their engagement when she found out that he'd been unfaithful.

Aug 10, 2016 3:38 PM
Comments · 10


You wrote "Bossing my subordinate around is not in my blood. Am I correct?"
Your sentence is perfect and the use of the verb 'bossing around' is correct. 



Phrasal verbs can take three forms.

They can be:

- separable

- not separable/inseparable

- both separable and inseparable


Separable phrasal verbs may have other words inserted between the Verb and the Preposition, as in:

"Bossing my subordinate around".


Inspearable phrasal verbs cannot have other words placed between the Verb and the Preposition, as in:


Call on... Inseparable

1) Ask someone to do something
2) Visit someone


Check in, check into... Inseparable

1) Register at a hotel or travel counter


Check out... Inseparable

1) Leave a hotel

August 10, 2016

Hi Laura...

On your question of the use of 'branch out', your example is not a proper use of the phrasal verb.

One simple way of thinking of this verb is to imagine a tree that has many branches and as time goes by, the tree will begin to grow new branches. The new branches are part of the older tree, so it is something (a new branch) that is related to, connected to and part of the original thing.


In Canada (and any other countries), grocery stores (supermarkets) used to sell only meat, fish, bread, drinks, vegetables and fruit. But now they sell 'everything under the sun' :), including clothes, school and office supplies, flowers and plants, and even travel and vacation services.

So, the grocery stores have 'branched out' (included new things) and now sell different products than they used to sell.


If I could speak Spanish as well as you, I could branch out from teaching only English by adding Spanish to the languages that I teach.


Hope this helps...

August 10, 2016
Thank you Richard, for your answer and your clear explanation! :)
August 11, 2016


Your sentence "As a pyschologist it is important to branch out into therapy speech education." may be an very good example, especially if the psychologist is qualified to work in the field of speech therapy education.

The pyschologist may not be qualified in speech therapy, but he or she would still be providing a new service and thus would be "branching out" (offering a new service).


The term 'branching out' is usually used in a business sense, e.g., new products, new services, or new stores or offices.

August 10, 2016

Thank you very much @Rechard for looking into my sentence.I'm happy that I'm correct:)

Thank you for such a nice explanation about types of phrasal verb.I'll keep in mind that things while using in sentences.

Thank you once again for your response and useful information:)

August 10, 2016
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