'Up to' has wide applications. As preposition, used as a function word to indicate a limit or boundary and as adjective to describe something/someone having the necessary strength or ability. In addition to these, it has several idiomatic uses which have depicted here nicely.Dear teachers,
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
The water in the pond was only up to John's knees.
Go up to the counter and ask for the goods.
up to = as far as or approaching a certain point Ok
He is not up to this job.
Do you feel up to making this trip?
I don't feel up to it.
You canít do this exercise. Youíre not up to it yet.
be up to = be able to do or deal with Ok
To live up to one's income.
He acted up to his promise.
up to = in keeping with; in conformity with
Up to what age did you live in the country?
up to = until what time
He is up to the ears in love.
up to oneís ears = deeply involved; also, oversupplied, surfeited
To praise somebody up to the skies.
praise someone to the skies = sing someoneís praises
He has learned to count up to a hundred.
I can take up to seven pupils.
You can make up to five copies.
up to = numerical limit
He came up to me and asked the time.
come up to = approach, come near
He went straight up to the entrance.
go up to = go near
They advanced up to the walls of the city.
When on earth will you get up to me?
get up to = come up with
We have to stand close up to one another.
stand close up to = be equal
It's up to us to give them all the help we can.
itís up to us = we must
It's up to you to decide.
Itís up to you whether to get the blue one or the red one.
itís up to you = you must= the option or decision lies with you
What are you up to now?
We knew those two were up to something.
I'm sure those kids are up to no good.
be up to = occupied with, engaged in (this usage can mean "devising" or "scheming,")= devising something harmful
She didn't feel up to par today so she stayed home.
up to par = satisfactory, up to a given standard
Melinda thought that the tomatoes were up to snuff for making sauce, but when she got them home there was dry rot on almost all of them.
up to stuff = appropriate; fitting; acceptable; acceptable for the occasion 2.
acceptable; suitable; passing
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