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    Hi,

    the best way to learn phrasal verbs is to use them in a sentences, isn't it?

    I wrote some sentence with phrasal verbs and it would be nice if someone could check them:

    send off
    I am sure our secretary sent off the order last week.

    turn down
    If we do not sign the contract until next Monday the offer is going to be turned down.

    turn up
    We turned up at our accommodation at midnight.

    come across
    I came across a very interesting article about your company.

    take down
    One of your customer form Italy called in yesterday and I took down the most important point of our conversation.

    ask around
    I met a group of old school friendís in the city and asked them around.

    play up/break down
    I put the recorder on but I did not played up, after trying it three times it broke down.

    bring up
    Our English teacher is always bringing up boring topics.

    sort out
    I sorted out all possibilities and now I know what I am going to do on Monday morning.

    mess around
    Be careful with our new college he is always messing around!

    put off/call off
    The meeting is put off again. I give you the advice to call it off because the people are not interested in it.

    look down on
    Sandra is looking down on me because my family background is poor.

    do away with
    I used to play computer games but I did them away some month ago.

    come up with
    We nearly gave up to find a solution for our problem but than Julian came up with that brilliant idea.

    get away with
    I was not prepared for the English test and used a cheat sheet so I get away with good marks.

    put up with
    Our last holiday accommodation was not very nice but we put up with it for the
    week we stayed there.

    go against
    You canít go against your family.

    Thank you for your help - do you have other tips for an ELS Student how to learn phrasal verbs ???

    Bye
    Louvre

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    You have so many that i don't feel able to address them all.

    send off
    I am sure our secretary sent off the order last week.
    This would be better as "sent out."

    turn down
    If we do not sign the contract until next Monday the offer is going to be turned down.
    Better would be I believe they are going to turn down our offer. You can also turn down sheets.

    turn up
    We turned up at our accommodation at midnight. Okay

    come across
    I came across a very interesting article about your company. Okay

    take down
    One of your customers form Italy called in yesterday and I took down the most important point of our conversation.

    ask around
    I met a group of old school friend’s in the city and asked them around.
    No, this isn't right at all. Ask around means to try to find information. I don't know of a good mechanic, but I'll ask around.

    play up/break down
    I put the recorder on but I did not played up, after trying it three times it broke down.
    Broke down is okay, but not play up, which means to make the best of something. Her mascara really played up her pretty eyes.

    bring up
    Our English teacher is always bringing up boring topics. Okay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi,

    the best way to learn phrasal verbs is to use them in a sentences, isn't it?
    The best way to learn phrasal verbs is to use them in sentences, isn't it?
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post

    I wrote some sentence with phrasal verbs and it would be nice if someone could check them:
    I wrote some sentences with phrasal verbs in them and it would be nice if someone would check them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    send off

    I am sure our secretary sent off the order last week.
    OK.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    turn down

    If we do not sign the contract until next Monday the offer is going to be turned down.
    If we do not sign the contract by next Monday the offer is going to be turned down.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    turn up

    We turned up at our accommodation at midnight.
    No, that is not how turn up is used. We use it about other people but not ourselves. Example:
    Don't worry. I'm sure he'll turn up sooner or later.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    come across

    I came across a very interesting article about your company.
    OK.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    take down

    One of your customer form Italy called in yesterday and I took down the most important point of our conversation.
    OK.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    ask around

    I met a group of old school friendís in the city and asked them around.
    No. (Why in the world did you use an apostrophe in friends?) You ask somebody out; you don't ask them around.


    ask around

    I'm not familiar with that name, but I'll ask around and see if I can turn something up.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    play up/break down

    I put the recorder on but I did not played up, after trying it three times it broke down.
    No. to play something up is to attempt to make it look good to somebody. (You've got the right idea with break down.)
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    bring up

    Our English teacher is always bringing up boring topics.
    OK.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    sort out

    I sorted out all possibilities and now I know what I am going to do on Monday morning.
    OK.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    mess around

    Be careful with our new college he is always messing around!
    Try again.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    put off/call off

    The meeting is put off again. I give you the advice to call it off because the people are not interested in it.
    The meeting has been postponed again. I advise you to cancel it altogether because of lack of interest.


    put off
    She was put off by the way he talked to her.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    look down on

    Sandra is looking down on me because my family background is poor.
    Sandra looks down on me because of my family background.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    do away with

    I used to play computer games but I did them away some month ago.
    I used to play computer games, but I gave it up some months ago.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    come up with

    We nearly gave up to find a solution for our problem but than Julian came up with that brilliant idea.
    OK.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    get away with

    I was not prepared for the English test and used a cheat sheet so I get away with good marks.
    I cheated on my English test and I got away with it. (wasn't caught.)
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    put up with

    Our last holiday accommodation was not very nice but we put up with it for the week we stayed there.
    OK.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    go against

    You canít go against your family.
    OK.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Hello,

    thank you for all the useful information.

    I do not know why I make so stupid mistake but...

    Here are my corrections:

    play up
    The printerís playing up again.
    My backís been playing me up all day.

    send off
    He was sent off for arguing with the referee.
    I want to send this application off today.

    do away with
    I think we should do away with private education once and for all.

    mess around
    We spent the weekend messing around.
    I got extra homework from my English teacher for messing around in class.


    Are these sentences correct ??

    Thank you
    Blindi

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    They look fine.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs

    Here we go again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blindi View Post

    thank you for all the useful information.
    That's okay, but it would be better to say thank you for all the useful advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blindi View Post
    I do not know why I make so stupid mistake but...
    I do not know why I make so many stupid mistakes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blindi View Post
    play up
    Quote Originally Posted by Blindi View Post
    The printerís playing up again.


    My backís been playing me up all day.
    That might be BE, but I am not familiar with that usage in AE.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blindi View Post
    send off
    Quote Originally Posted by Blindi View Post
    He was sent off for arguing with the referee.
    I want to send this application off today.
    OK.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blindi View Post
    do away with
    Quote Originally Posted by Blindi View Post
    I think we should do away with private education once and for all.
    OK.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blindi View Post
    mess around
    Quote Originally Posted by Blindi View Post
    We spent the weekend messing around.
    I got extra homework from my English teacher for messing around in class.
    OK.
    Last edited by RonBee; 29-May-2007 at 00:21.

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