English Phrasal Verbs

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Let's have a look at the verb 'to give' combined with particles. Here are some of the most common expressions:

'to give away' means to give something for free, for no payment.
  • In this issue of the magazine, they are giving away a free CD
  • I gave away all my old clothes that were too small for me.
'to give back' means to return something borrowed.
  • I still have your book at home. I must remember to give you it back.
  • Every time he borrows money from me, he never gives it back.

'to give in' means to stop making an effort.

  • You're doing really well. Don't give in now. Keep going.
  • He has refused again and again. He's not going to give in and change his mind.

'to give out' means to distribute.

  • As people arrive, can you give out these questionnaires for them to fill in.
  • He was giving out leaflets on the street.

'to give out' means to break down or stop working from tiredness or overuse

  • It was a very old machine. It's not surprising it has given out.
  • My car finally gave out last week. I will have to buy a new one.

'to give up' means to stop doing something permanently.

  • I haven't had a cigarette for over a month. I have given up smoking.
  • I have given up playing football. I'm too old for it.

'to give up' means to abandon or end, a search for example.

  • The key is nowhere to be found. We have given up looking for it.
  • I've given up waiting for him. He is not going to come so I'm going home.


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