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    Default Shake Austin Up!

    In their TV ad, the Texas State Teacher's Association is urging voters to "Shake Austin Up" (Austin is TX state capitol) by voting for Carol Keeton Strayorn.

    Isn't that bad grammer? Shouldn't it be "Shake Up Austin"?

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    Default Re: Shake Austin Up!

    Both are ok

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    Default Re: Shake Austin Up!

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    For irrefutable confirmation, you can check the Cambridge Dictionary for shake up (click here).
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    You will find a mysterious code there: [M]
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    This indicates that 'shake up' is a phrasal verb with a movable object.
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    Default Re: Shake Austin Up!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Woods View Post
    In their TV ad, the Texas State Teacher's Association is urging voters to "Shake Austin Up" (Austin is TX state capitol) by voting for Carol Keeton Strayorn.

    Isn't that bad grammer? Shouldn't it be "Shake Up Austin"?
    In general, phrasal verbs made from [verb + preposition] are not separable (can't interpose a word between the parts); phrasal verbs made from [verb + adverb] are separable (movable object).

    Turn on the radio = turn the radio on
    Walk up the street [not =] walk the street up

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