English Phrasal Verbs

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Now we are going to look at the verb 'to put' combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions:

'to put across' means to explain or to express something.

  • We have to put the message across a little bit more clearly.
  • Not a very good presentation. He didn't put his ideas across very well at all.

'to put aside' means to save money

  • He's got enough money. He has put some aside.
  • I've put aside £100 a month for over a year.

'to put at' means to roughly calculate a cost or figure.

  • The first estimate put the damage at about £10 000.
  • I think he's the same age as my father. I would put him at 50.

'to put  away' means to replace something in the place it is normally kept.

  • Can you put all your toys away please, darling?
  • I've put the clean clothes away except your shirts. I don't know where to put them.

'to put back' means to return something to its original place.

  • I put the books back on the shelf after I had looked at them.
  • When you have finished, can you put everything back, please?

'to put back' can also mean to change the time of an event until a later time.

  • I can't make it on Thursday. Can we put it back until Friday?
  • My appointment has been put back until next month.

'to put behind' means to try to forget about something unpleasant.

  • I've forgotten all about it. I've put it behind me.
  • You have to put everything behind you and move on with your life.

'to put down' means to stop carrying or holding something.

  • My bag was heavy so I put it down on the floor.
  • Don't put your cup down there. It will leave a mark on the table.

'to put down' can also mean to criticize someone or their ideas.

  • He's always criticizing, always putting people down.
  • You never support me. You are always putting me down.

'to put down' the phone means to end a phone call.

  • I was so angry, I just put the phone down on him.
  • After I put the phone down, I remembered why I'd called you.


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