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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

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    (1) I found these two examples on the Web by someone identified as a "TESOL Online Teacher":

    The teacher TOLD OFF the students for not paying attention in class.

    The boss is TELLING John OFF now as we speak.

    Question: Could we also say "The teacher TOLD the students OFF for being inattentive" and

    "The boss is TELLING OFF John at this moment."

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    So, can we construct like that?

    -Don't give up yourself.

    -Don't give up mine.

    Are they ok?
    Last edited by ridvann; 13-Jan-2012 at 15:00.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    So, can we construct like that?

    -Don't give up yourself.

    -Don't give up mine.

    Are they OK?
    What context are you using them in?

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    I would just like to know whether all the pronouns contain it or not.
    For example:

    -It is hard to pick up yourself after that.
    Last edited by ridvann; 13-Jan-2012 at 14:59.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    I would just like to know whether all the pronouns contain it or not.
    For example:

    -It is hard to pick up yourself after that.
    No, that one needs to be "It's hard to pick yourself up after that" to sound natural.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I found these two examples on the Web by someone identified as a "TESOL Online Teacher":

    The teacher TOLD OFF the students for not paying attention in class.

    The boss is TELLING John OFF now as we speak.

    Question: Could we also say "The teacher TOLD the students OFF for being inattentive" and

    "The boss is TELLING OFF John at this moment."

    Thank you.
    I say yes and yes.

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