On Tuesday, I went live on our Facebook page to share 25 Phrasal Verbs You Can Use At Work. I shared one phrasal for every letter of the alphabet (except for one letter. I didn’t seem to find any phrasal verbs beginning with the letter ‘x’!)
Watch the replay here!
These are the phrasal verbs shared:
1. abide by
2. back out
3. carry over
to continue past a certain point
The meeting carried over into the afternoon because there was so much to talk about.
4. decide on
Thomas spent a long time looking at apartments around the area, but eventually decided on one near his work.
5. embark on/upon
6. face up to
to accept an unpleasant truth
Many people find it hard to face up to the fact that they are getting old.
7. gear up
The shops are gearing up for the New Year sales.
8. harp on
I was late twice last week and my boss keeps harping on about it.
9. iron out
10. jazz up
The show was getting stale so they jazzed it up with some new scenes.
11. knuckle down
12. level with
(level with someone) to be honest with someone
I levelled with him about what happened that night.
13. make do with
There’s no coffee, so we’ll have to make do with tea.
14. narrow down
15. occur to
Didn’t it occur to you to help me when you saw how much trouble I was in?
16. pair up
17. quit on
to stop working, associating or being friends with someone, especially when they need support
They quit on me just when things got rough.
to stop working or functioning
My phone has quit on me–can I borrow yours?
18. ramble on
Quit rambling on–I’m tired of listening to you.
19. scale back
to make something smaller than originally planned
They had to scale back the project because of the costs.
20. trade off
to accept something you don’t really want to get something you do want
We had to trade off space for the location when buying the apartment.
21. usher in
22. venture forth
to leave somewhere safe or comfortable
If the storm has finished, we could venture forth.
23. weigh in on
to enter an argument or discussion to express a strongly felt idea
She weighed in on their immigration policies.
24. yield to
I tried hard to resist, but in the end I yielded to temptation and ate it all.
25. zero in on
After learning these phrasal verbs, try to apply them in your daily conversations or at work. Keep listening and reading in English to learn even more phrasal verbs!