Look out! Hurry up! Phrasal verbs for giving instructions

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

by Liz Walter​

look outOne of the difficult things about phrasal verbs is knowing where to put the object. The great thing about the phrasal verbs in this post is that you don’t have to think about that because they are all used as simple, two-word phrases for giving instructions or orders. In other words, a single phrasal verb can make a whole sentence!

Several of these phrasal verbs are used for encouraging someone to improve their mood. If a person is very miserable, we could tell them to Cheer up!or if we think they are taking something too seriously or becoming too anxious, we could tell them to Lighten up! or Chill out!You might tell someone who is very angry or anxious to Calm down!, although this one can be dangerous because it often sounds like a criticism and is likely to have the opposite effect! David Cameron…

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