English Phrasal Verbs

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

'to send away for' something means to write to an organization to have something delivered to you.

  • I couldn't find it in the local shops. I had to send away for it.
  • I don't know what they are like. I'm going to send away for some samples.

'to send back' means to return something because it is not right or damaged.

  • The food was cold when it was served so we sent it back.
  • When it arrived, I didn't like the colour so I sent it back.

'to send for' means to send a message asking someone to come to see you

  • The baby was very ill so she sent for the doctor.
  • I knew I was in trouble when the boss sent for me.

'to send in' means to send something to an organization.

  • Please send in the completed forms before January 31st.
  • The TV show is funny family videos that viewers send in.

'to send someone in' means to tell a person to enter a room or office.

  • I'd like to speak to James. Can you send him in, please?
  • I'm ready now. Can you send in the first patient?

'to send off' means to post a letter or parcel.

  • You should have got it by now. I sent it off two days ago.
  • I packed everything up and sent it off last week.

'to send on' means to forward a document or mail.

  • Here is my new address. Can you send my mail on to me?
  • My colleague is dealing with this. I'll send a copy of your email on so she can deal with it.

'to send out' means to send to a lot of people at the same time.

  • The wedding is in two months. We need to send out the invitations.
  • We sent out copies of the new brochure to all our existing clients.

'to send out' also means to emit a sound or light.

  • This tiny transmitter sends out a signal strong enough to be picked up a kilometre away.
  • The phone mast sends out radio waves that some people think are dangerous.

'to send out for' means to phone an order to a restaurant for food to be delivered

  • I don't want to cook. Let's send out for a pizza.
  • It's almost lunchtime. Shall we send out for some sandwiches or snack.


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