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Phrasal verbs: PUT
In test, that you'll have to revise if you haven't done it yet, we started studying "PHRASAL VERBS": how they are built and work. In this lesson, et many others that will follow, we'll study the most usual phrasal verbs so that they might become familiar and if possible automatic to you.
Today, the lesson will deal with verb "To PUT", and the main particles which are associated to it:
Some particles modifying the meaning of To PUT.
To put across
To put aside
To put away
To put back
To put on
To put on (weight)
To put off
To put out
To put in perspective
Put up your hands!
To put up with
To put down
To put down a book
To put down an animal
= to put to sleep= to kill
To put someone through to someone else
Some double meanings:
- to put down (a book) (a phone)= stop looking at it
- to put down a dog= to put a dog to sleep= to have your dog put to death (to avoid further suffering)
- to put down someone= to humiliate
- to put up a statue= put up a picture
- to put someone up= to accommodate someone
- to put on
- to put on (weight)
Be careful! The Direct Object Complement of the phrasal verb may be a pronoun, or a noun, a nominal group. In these cases, the complement will be either placed between the verb and its particle OR after the phrasal verb. (if the complement is long). On the contrary, if the complement is a pronoun, it will have to be placed between the verb and its particle.
- Will you put down your phone before entering the place. = Will you put your phone down. = Please, I insist. Will you put it down?
A few expressions:
- to put through hell = to live a very difficult moment
- to put through the wringer = to be intolerable
- to put an end to = to finish
... and a proverb:
- You shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket = Don't invest all your ressources at the same place.
Well well! Now, you'll have to make choices... I give you THE FORCE!
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