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    Lenka is offline Senior Member
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    How do you use the phrasal verb "to catch up with/on something"? When do you use it with the preposition "with" and "on"? What's the difference?

    Here's an example sentence I've just made up. Is it correct? Which preposition shall I use?

    I really must catch up on/with my German because I have enrolled in a course in German at the university!

    Could you correct my English, please?

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    Default Re: to catch up with/on

    We usually

    catch up with somebody
    catch up on something.

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    "to catch up with "has two meanings, one: to improve so much that you reach the same standard as other people in your class, group etc. Two:to come from behind and reach someone in front by going faster.
    "catch up on" means to do what you needs to be done because you have not been able to do it until now.
    therefore you sentence should be like this: I really must catch up with my German because I have enrolled in a course in German at the university!

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    Default Re: to catch up with/on

    brush up

    to practice and improve your skills or knowledge of something
    I took a class to brush up my German before the trip.
    brush up on: the opportunity to brush up on various techniques


    catch

    1. to go faster so that you reach the person or vehicle in front of you
    catch up with: We left first, but they caught up with us.

    2. to improve in order to reach the same standard or rate as someone or something
    Heís missed so much school that heís going to find it very hard to catch up.
    catch up with: Pressure grew for salaries to catch up with inflation.


    3. to do something that should have been done before
    The deadlineís tomorrow. How are we ever going to catch up in time?
    catch up on: I just want to go home and catch up on some sleep.
    catch up with: Employees are struggling to catch up with the backlog.


    4. to talk to someone you have not seen for some time and find out what they have been doing
    Come over tomorrow and we can catch up.
    catch up with: Iíll catch up with you another time, Kevin.
    Itíll give them a chance to talk and catch up with all their news.

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