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    lock out / lock in phrasal verbs

    Hello again teachers,

    I'd like to know if the sentences are correct and if we use the phrasal verbs lock somebody in when we are inside and lock out if we are outside.

    1. It was happen yesterday that I was locked in inside our house. There was something wrong with our door lock. I had been picking it for three hours before I finally opened it.


    2. I was locked in and freezing for 3 hours the other day cos I forgot my key inside our house.

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: lock out / lock in phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Donno View Post
    Hello again teachers,

    I'd like to know if the sentences are correct and if we use the phrasal verbs lock somebody in when we are inside and lock out if we are outside.

    1. It was happened yesterday that I was locked in (or: inside) our house. There was something wrong with our door lock. I had been picking it for three hours before I finally opened it.
    ( I tried/was trying to pick it.. is more natural).

    2. I was locked in and freezing for 3 hours the other day cos I forgot had left my key inside our house.
    #1 is fine (after my corrections) if the speaker is inside the house and the keys are not..
    #2 is not. He could be locked in if he had left his keys outside, or locked out if he had left his keys inside. If both he and the keys were inside, then he could use the keys to unlock the door.

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    Smile Re: lock out / lock in phrasal verbs

    In number 2, I must have made a mistake I should've written

    I was locked out and freezing for 3 hours the other day cos...

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    Re: lock out / lock in phrasal verbs

    You are in the UK, but I will give your sentences a more casual, American flavor:

    1) I was locked inside our house yesterday. OR Yesterday, I was locked inside our house. There was something wrong with the lock. (You have already set up the story; "Our door lock" seems too precise unless you are a lawyer).

    2) I was locked out and freezing for 3 hours the other day cos I forgot my key inside our house.
    ^Personally, I think it's perfectly fine to say "forgot"

    Again, this is my casual/American opinion

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    Re: lock out / lock in phrasal verbs

    How about this sentence?

    I'll make sure that I take the key before I lock up the door so that I won't get locked out.

    Thank you

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    Re: lock out / lock in phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by before locking up the door.Donno View Post
    How about this sentence?

    I'll make sure that I take the key before I lock up the door so that I won't get locked out.

    Thank you
    It sound strange. Nobody would say that they had to make sure that they took the key before locking up, because you can't lock up if you haven't got the key.

    Incidentally, I'd say either before locking up or before locking the door, not before locking up the door.

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    Re: lock out / lock in phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It sound strange. Nobody would say that they had to make sure that they took the key before locking up, because you can't lock up if you haven't got the key.

    Incidentally, I'd say either before locking up or before locking the door, not before locking up the door.

    Okay, I've got it now but I notice here in the UK that you can't lock the door without a key and in other/our country we use different knobset (cylindrical knobset) and we lock it without a key by pushing a thing like button.

    Thank you

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