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    when to use 'up'

    Hi!

    I have a doubt related to using the word "up" after a verb. I have heard people using it when they say "shinning up" for example... Is it a personal choice or there exists rules to use it?

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    Re: when to use 'up'

    That sounds like a literal meaning- the direction. It can often imply completeness- cut up is stronger than just cut. It is also quite often an empty preposition just tagged onto a verb. Try searching for 'up' here to see our list of verbs using it: http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/phrasal-verbs/

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