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    Hello friends
    I hope everyone is doing well.
    Let's start a thread about phrasel verbs. It's better to aks question and get answers or post exercises so we can learn from each other.
    Let's get started by this exercise:
    the phrasal verb equivalents for the following:
    'to make something appear less important'
    'to continue doing something'
    'to decide not to do something that was previously arranged'
    'to be like a member of the family in appearance or manner'
    'to not be able to make people forget a mistake you have made'

    Can anyone start answering please??
    Thanks in advance.
    sara

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    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hello friends
    I hope everyone is doing well.
    Let's start a thread about phrasal verbs. It's better to ask a question and get answers or post exercises so we can learn from each other.
    Let's get started by this exercise:
    the phrasal verb equivalents for the following:
    'to make something appear less important'
    'to continue doing something'
    'to decide not to do something that was previously arranged'
    'to be like a member of the family in appearance or manner'
    'to not be able to make people forget a mistake you have made'

    Can anyone start answering please??
    Thanks in advance.
    sara
    Good topic. It's probably best to ask for example sentences; definitions can seem very complex, and they sometimes - as in your last one, I think - allow you to confuse a negative sense ('not to be able') with a phrasal verb often used in a negative context: If I went to work in my pyjamas I could never live it down. (Or have I guessed wrong? If so, 'live down' is another one for you. .

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    Thanks for your reply Bobk but unfortunatly I didn't quite get what you mean.
    As for the phrasel verb you have given, I think it doesn't much the last definition of the exercise. It means:
    "to be unable to stop feeling embarrassed about something you have done:
    I wish I'd never opened my mouth in the meeting - I'm never going to live it down!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Thanks for your reply Bobk but unfortunatly I didn't quite get what you mean.
    As for the phrasal verb you have given, I think it doesn't much the last definition of the exercise. It means:
    "to be unable to stop feeling embarrassed about something you have done:
    I wish I'd never opened my mouth in the meeting - I'm never going to live it down!"
    - it doesn't match it, I agree. When native speakers see language students' sentences, they sometimes have to make guesses about what was meant. I guessed wrong.

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    Hello friends.
    Can anyone help me do the last exercise ??!
    Let's add this one:
    the phrasal verb equivalents for the following:
    'to become strict'
    'to refuse an offer or request'
    'to write and ask for something to be posted to you'
    'to have a good relationship with someone'
    'to postpone'


    I'll try to answer some and hope that you will correct me:
    'to have a good relationship with someone'== get along well.
    'to refuse an offer or request'== give up something.


    Thanks in advance.
    sara

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    to refuse an offer or request - how about turn down?

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    I think you are right Tdol. "turn down" seems to be the right one.

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    Another collection:


    the phrasal verb equivalents for the following:
    'to collect someone from somewhere'
    'not to include someone in an activity'
    'to feel something strongly all of a sudden'
    'to have a great deal of respect for someone older'
    'to leave the ground and rise into the air'

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    pick up
    leave out
    look up to
    take off

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    thank you Tdol for your help.

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