English Language English Vocabulary: «Phrasal Verbs UP!»

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Learn some useful "UP" phrasal verbs

Do you find it easy to pick up (learn) new phrasal verbs?

Do you sometimes get confused and screw up (make a mistake) when you use them? Well, read this dialogue carefully.

It uses many phrasal verbs with "up". Try to guess their meaning and look them up (search) in the online dictionary (link below).

DIALOG[edit | edit source]

  • T: Hi, Barbara! How's it going?
  • B: Good, Tamara. What about you?
  • T: I'm fine, thanks.
  • B: Have you heard about Paul and Sandra?
  • T: No, I haven’t. What happened?
  • B: Not only did they split up, but Sandra has filed for divorce.
  • T: Shut up! I don't believe it, Barbara! They were always such a nice couple. They even grew up together!
  • B: Trust me, I'm not making it up. I was just visiting with Paula at her new flat and she owned up to everything. She was so broken up about it that she just couldn’t bottle up her feelings anymore.
  • T: But why is their marriage breaking up?
  • B: I'll tell you, but only if you swear not to tell anyone.
  • T: Of course not!
  • B: Apparently several problems cropped up after Paul received his call-up: he gave up his business, took up stamp collecting and started staying up late watching television. Since he stopped getting up until the afternoon, Sandra was forced to bring up their children alone, as well as to work hard to settle up their debts. Incidentally, since prices shot up, she had to work extra at the weekends.
  • T: So how did she react?
  • B: Basically, one day, she was so turned up by his reckless behaviour that she flared up: while Paul was out she cut up all his stamps . Then, after typing up a harsh farewell letter, she left for good.
  • T: And what did Paul do?
  • B: He was so furious that his friends had to tie him up! He was even thinking to hire a solicitor to draw up a claim against her for his damaged precious stamp collection, but he gave up.
  • T: Is he trying to make up with her now?
  • B: Yes, but every time Paul has phoned her, Sandra hangs up. When he pulls up outside her flat, she pretends she's not at home. To sum up, she doesn’t want to see him anymore.
  • T: This story is so sad.
  • B: Come on, cheer up! Let’s talk about something else.
  • T: Alright.
  • B: Are you going to Jack's party tonight?
  • T: Yes, I am. Mark is picking me up at 9 o'clock and I am really looking forward to going.
  • B: I heard that he has paid a band to liven up the party.
  • T: That will be marvelous!
  • B: Are you going too?
  • T: I have to train at the gym until 11 o'clock but I hope to catch up later on.
  • B: Are you still training for your next marathon?
  • T: Yes, I am. As a matter of fact, I heard that a lot of big athletes are going to show up. Okay, now I really gotta hurry up, otherwise I'll arrive late to class.
  • B: See you later!
  • T: Cheers.

Vocabulary[edit | edit source]

Look up the meaning of each UP phrasal verb here:


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