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English Phrasal Verbs

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Let's finish with the verb 'to put' combined with particles. Here is the final list of expressions:

'to put money towards' something means to use a sum of money to pay a part of the cost of something.

  • When he died, he left me some money which I am going to put towards a house.
  • I'm going to put my Christmas bonus towards my summer holiday.

'to put up' a building or structure means to erect.

  • Where the old theatre used to be, they have put up a new apartment block.
  • They're putting up a new sports stadium just outside the town.

'to put up' something which is folded means to open it.

  • She hit me with her umbrella as she was putting it up.
  • It only took fifteen minutes to put up the tent.

'to put up' money means to provide money for a project.

  • Without guarantees, the bank won't put up any money for the project.
  • The people in the city put up most of the money for the restoration of the theatre.

'to put up' a price means to increase it.

  • We're not making a profit. We need to put up our prices.
  • Their prices are really high now because they have put them up by ten per cent.

'to put someone up' means to let them stay in your home for a short time.

  • If you go to Australia, I'm sure some of the family will put you up during your stay.
  • I can put you up for a few days while the painters finish your flat.

'to put someone up to' If you put someone up to something you encourage them to do something wrong or silly.

  • I don't think it was his idea. I think someone put him up to it.
  • I wonder if John put him up to it. He wouldn't have done it alone.

'to put up with' something means to tolerate it

  • He's impossible to work with. I don't know how you put up with him.
  • I really don't like it but I know I'm going to have to put up with it.

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