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Richard-Business Eng
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Six Commonly Used Phrasal Verbs
The following phrasal verbs (verb + preposition/adverb) are commonly used in informal conversation, as well as in work and business in Canada, the US and the UK.


Bring about
Meaning: Make something happen
Example: The changes to the law were BROUGHT ABOUT by the government because so many people were ignoring the old one.

Bring around
Meaning: Persuade or convince someone
Example: It took me ages to BRING him AROUND to my point of view.

Bring back
Meaning: Cause someone to remember
Example: Visiting my old school BROUGHT BACK memories of when I was a pupil there.

Bring back
Meaning: Return
Example: He took the calculator home yesterday and hasn't BROUGHT it BACK yet.

Bring down
Meaning: Make a government fall
Example: The vote of no-confidence BROUGHT the government DOWN.

Bring down
Meaning: Make something cheaper
Example: The improvements in technology have BROUGHT the prices of computers DOWN considerably in recent months.
Sep 11, 2016 2:39 PM
Comments · 10

This brings me back to when I brought up phrasal verbs for the first time to a group of learners.

At first the topic really brought them down* but I brought them around to the idea that learning phrasal verbs can really bring about change in your English!

Thanks for bringing up** this important topic, Richard!

*Another meaning of bring down, =depress

**=Raise (an idea, topic)

September 13, 2016


"brought me back memories" does not work because the phrasal verb 'brought back' uses a direct object such as 'memories'.

The pronoun 'me', in this case, is an indirect object.

So, we can say "brought me back to a time when..." or "brought back memories (to my mind)", but not "brought me ack memories".

In your sentence it would be better to write/say:

"This morning the alarm click brought me back TO MY summer holidays when I used to get up later" or

"This morning the alarm click brought back memories of summer holidays when I used to get up later.

So sorry to learn that you must wake up/get up earlier now that school is back in session... :)

September 12, 2016

Hi Richard,

This morning the alarm click brought me back memories of summer holidays when I used to get up later.

Apart from memories, could we use another word? Ideas, thoughts...

Thank you!

September 12, 2016

Hi Laura

Yes, you used the phrasal verb 'bring (someone) around' properly.

We usually use this phrasal verb to show that we changed someone's way of thinking, thereby making them believe in your opinion.

Well done Laura...

September 11, 2016

It is interesting see how a preposition can modify the meaning of a particular verb! 

I am so stubborn at learning English that there is no way my sister can bring me around to study French! Would the use of Bring around be correct in that sentence?

Thank you Richard for this discussion. I was missing the Phrasal verbs section!

September 11, 2016
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Richard-Business Eng
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