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Today, we’ll take a look at more useful and interesting phrasal verbs.

Later on. I’ll share with you a short Point of View lesson, to help you with grammar and to review the vocabulary you’ll be learning.

Remember, a phrasal verb is just a verb and a particle. For example, “look out.” I recommend you to check out the previous episodes about phrasal verbs.

In these series of phrasal verbs, we see the most common phrasal verbs. Also, instead of learning all the different meanings of every phrasal verb, you just need to learn one or two of the most common meanings.

OK, let’s get started!

Put off

Ah, this is one of my favorite ones. Sometimes, I’m guilty of using it too much. It means to procrastinate.  In other words, it means to decide to do something not now, but in the future. For example:

I need to put off the meeting. I am not prepared.
They decided to put off the trip because it was raining.

I always put off things I don’t like doing.

Put up with

Sometimes, there are situations we don’t like, but we have to accept them, we have to put up with them. Or, we can say that we don’t want to tolerate a certain situation, we don’t want to put up with that situation. For example:

Yes, he’s sometimes rude, but you have to put up with him because he’s your boss.

I don’t have to put up with your bad behavior.

Put on / take off / try on

To put on something means to start wearing certain clothes. We put a jacket on; we put a skirt on, etc. Examples:

She put on trousers and a blouse. It was casual but cool.

At home, I don’t put on trousers. I prefer wearing skirts.

So, in the morning, we put on some clothes on, and now, we want to take a shower. What do we do? We take off our clothes. To take off is the opposite of “put on”. Let’s see more examples:

Hey, Jerry, I think you can take your jacket off.

In Japanese houses, you must take off your shoes before getting in.

OK, we just saw “put on” and “take off.” How about to “try on”? This phrasal verb simply means to put on clothes to see how they fit. For example:

I like to go shopping and try on clothes.

You should try on that dress. It’s your favorite color.

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