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how to use prepositions with verbs? For example, what'se the difference between to clean and clean up? Or to eat and eat up? Or, again, to open and open up? Thank's in advance!!!
Jan 2, 2016 12:12 PM
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Clean up means to tidy or clean completely (I agree with Peachey). It could also imply that something was very dirty or messy before cleaning, whereas you could "clean" something even if it was not very dirty before. Eat up means to finish eating for example I am going to eat up the cake means I started eating the cake last week/yesterday and now I am going to finish it. Or a mother might tell her child to eat up their (i.e. finish) the food on their plate. Open up means opening up a box if it is difficult to open or intricate in some way ("open" does not imply any difficulty or special kind of opening), or a person can open up emotionally if they tell you about their feelings.
January 2, 2016
You're asking about phrasal verbs. To take the first example, "clean up" means a complete clean. There are a couple of other prepositions which can indicate a "completeness" of action, but this certainly isn't a rule you can follow every time. There aren't any perfect rules for all phrasal verbs. You just need to learn them.
January 2, 2016
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