You won’t have been learning English for very long until you learn about some kinds of phrasal verbs. These are well known verbs with a preposition or an adverb, such as, “on”, “off”, “with”, “up”, “around”, “away” etc. Sometimes the meaning of these phrasal verbs is clear from the verb used, but often it isn’t.
I have been teaching and thinking recently of a few often-used phrasal verbs:
“Put on” and its opposite “take off”
“Put up” and its opposite “take down”
“Put on” is the most natural way to talk about dressing in the morning. Today I put on my boots, jeans, and a nice green hoodie. The antonym of put on is “take off”.
In Russia, a little before the New Year celebration people will put up a New Year’s tree. In a few weeks, after the celebration is over, they will take it down again. Of course, everyone in the UK will do the same, but usually they put up their Christmas trees at the beginning of December, and take them down in the first or second week of January.
What other phrasal verbs can you use to sound more natural? What do you associate them with?
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