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    Question put on speed?

    Does the phrase" put on speed (of a car) " mean to increase speed? Why can't I find this meaning in the dictionary?
    And can I say "add to speed (of a car)"?

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    Re: put on speed?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Does the phrase" put on speed (of a car) " mean to increase speed? Why can't I find this meaning in the dictionary?
    And can I say "add to speed (of a car)"?
    Where did you see "put on speed", prompting you to ask this question?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: put on speed?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Where did you see "put on speed", prompting you to ask this question?
    I saw the phrase in a passage from an English exam paper. The context is that "I" saw a suspicious-looking car, and "I _____________ speed and went after it." The options for the blank include phrases like "put on", "added to" and "took up". The answer is "put on". So I wonder if "put on speed" means to increase speed. Could you help me? Thanks.

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    Re: put on speed?

    In future, roseriver, please give the context in post #1 instead of having to be asked for it.

    Yes, 'I put on speed' means 'I increased speed'.



    put on
    vb (tr)
    • to clothe oneself in
    • (usually passive) to adopt (an attitude or feeling) insincerely: his misery was just put on
    • to present or stage (a play, show, etc)
    • to increase or add: she put on weight, the batsman put on fifty runs before lunch
    • to cause (an electrical device) to function
    • (also preposition) to wager (money) on a horse race, game, etc
    • (also preposition) to impose as a burden or levy: to put a tax on cars
    • to cause (a bowler) to bowl

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    Re: put on speed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In future, roseriver, please give the context in post #1 instead of having to be asked for it.

    Yes, 'I put on speed' means 'I increased speed'.



    put on
    vb (tr)
    • to clothe oneself in
    • (usually passive) to adopt (an attitude or feeling) insincerely: his misery was just put on
    • to present or stage (a play, show, etc)
    • to increase or add: she put on weight, the batsman put on fifty runs before lunch
    • to cause (an electrical device) to function
    • (also preposition) to wager (money) on a horse race, game, etc
    • (also preposition) to impose as a burden or levy: to put a tax on cars
    • to cause (a bowler) to bowl

    (Collins)




    Can't I say "add to speed"?

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    Re: put on speed?

    No — that collocation is unnatural.

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    Re: put on speed?

    "Put on speed" is not natural to me. "I sped up" would be the natural way. Or "I increased my speed."

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    Re: put on speed?

    I, too, find "I put on speed" very unnatural. I might say "I put on a burst of speed" or something similar. Were "put on", "added to" and "took up" the only choices?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Although he may not be the man some
    Girls think of as handsome
    To my heart he carries the key
    Wont you tell him please to put on some speed
    Follow my lead, oh, how I need
    Someone to watch over me

    (Gershwin)

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    Re: put on speed?

    I actually have no problem with "put on some speed" in the same way that I think "put on a burst of speed" is OK. What I find unnatural is the simple "put on speed".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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