English Phrasal Verbs: Actions around the House

How many of these do you do around the house? ...


1. take out the trash

Remove trash from the house

I take out the trash daily.

2. throw (something) away

Put something into the trash can/ to discard

She always throws away waste in the trash can.

3. clean up/ tidy up

Remove the dirt, stains, and unwanted materials

We spent all Saturday morning cleaning up.

4. hang up your clothes

Put your clothes on a hanger to hang in closet

We hang our clothes up in the closet.

5. pick (something) up

Remove something from the floor to put into their proper place

Emily always picks the things up from the floor to put them back in their proper place.

6. stock up on (something)

Buy a lot of something to fill the refrigerator or pantry

I have to stock up on snacks for the party.

7. take down (a picture)

Remove (a picture or object) from the wall

She made us take down all the posters.

8. mop (something) up

Use a mop (towel or sponge) to remove liquid from the floor

Mop the sauce up with your bread.


9. sweep (something) up

Use a broom to remove small pieces of things/ dirt from the floor

Jan was sweeping up the bits of paper and broken glass.

10. turn on (the lamp/ TV/ ...)

Give (lamp/ TV/ ...) power to start

Do you want me to turn the lights on?

11. turn off (the lamp/ TV/ ...)

Cause the power of (lamp/ TV/ ...) to stop

Don't forget to turn off the oven.

12. put on the pot/ kettle/ coffee

Put (the pot/ kettle/ ...) on the stove

Shall I put the kettle on?

13. put on music

Turn on the radio or some music

She put on some music while they ate.

14. put out

Extinguish/ make a fire stop working

The rescue services are still trying to put out the fires.

15. build on

Construct an additional part of to the house, add more space/ room/ ...

We’re planning to build on a conservatory.

16. put on clothes

Get dressed

He took off his uniform and put on a sweater and trousers.

17. put away your clothes (things)

Put items into their proper place

He put his toys away every night.

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