Commonly Used Phrasal Verbs in English [VIDEO]

Learn Commonly Used Phrasal Verbs in English with Videos.

Phrasal verbs are commonly used in English, so it’s important to learn them!

Commonly Used Phrasal Verbs with GET

Commonly Used Phrasal Verbs with GIVE

1. give away something or give something away

to give something to someone without asking for payment

  • gave away my old pans to a friend who’s just set up home. [often + to]
  • We’re giving away free shampoo samples as a promotion.

2. give somebody away

to do something by accident that lets someone know something about yourself that you were trying to keep secret

  • His voice seems quite calm but his trembling hands give him away.      
  • You give yourself away by trying too hard to seem cheerful. [often reflexive]

3. give away somebody or give somebody away

to formally bring a bride a woman who is getting married to her husband at the front of the church and give permission for her to marry

  • The bride’s father usually gives her away.

4. give away somebody or give somebody away (British & Australian)

to give a baby to someone else so that they can look after that child as their own until he or she is an adult

  • Her first child, born when she was 17, was given away at birth.

5. give in

to finally agree to what someone wants after a period when you refuse to agree

  • He nagged me so much to buy him a new bike that eventually I just gave in.
  • The government cannot be seen to give in to terrorists’ demands. [often + to]

6. give in

to accept that you have been defeated and agree to stop competing or fighting

  • She knew she’d lost the argument but she wouldn’t give in.
  • You’ll never guess the answer. Do you give in?

7. give in something or give something in

to give a piece of written work or a document to someone for them to read, judge, or deal with

  • Have you given in your essay yet?
  • We want to get 5000 signatures before we give the petition in.

8. give in to something

if you give in to an emotion or desire, you stop trying not to feel it and you allow your actions to be controlled by that emotion or desire

  • Certainly he felt the pull of self-pity, but he never once gave in to it.
  • I’ve been craving chocolate all morning but I refuse to give in  to it.

9. give out

if a supply of something gives out, it finishes and there is none left

  • The food supplies will give out by the end of the week.
  • Eventually my patience gave out and I shouted at her.

10. give out

if something gives out, it stops working because it is old, damaged, or has been used too much

  • It was on the twenty-first mile that my legs gave out.
  • I’ll stop speaking now because I think my voice is about to give out.
  • The car’s at the garage – the clutch has finally given out.

11. give out

if a road or path gives out, it ends at a particular place

  • The trail gave out half way around the lake.

12. give out something

( LITERARY) to make a sound

  • He gave out a low moan.
  • Suddenly she gave out a loud scream and clutched at me.

13. give out something

to produce light, heat, or a gas

  • Is that radiator giving out any heat?
  • Fluorescent lamps give out a brighter light for the same amount of electricity.

14. give out something or give something out

to give something to a large number of people

  • I’ve said I’ll give out leaflets for them in town.
  • One of the government’s proposals is to give out condoms in high schools.

15. give out something or give something out

to tell people information

  • The winners’ names were given out on the radio last night. [usually passive]

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