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    He warmed up the more he got into his speech.

    warm up: to (cause to) become more excited or interesting
    He warmed up the more he got into his speech.

    The above sentence is quoted from Longman Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Can any native speakers parse the sentence and explain its meaning?
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    Re: He warmed up the more he got into his speech.

    OK, somebody is giving a speech. At the beginning he is too tense. After a while he starts showing more enthusiasm. The speech becomes more spirited and interesting. Do you get the idea?

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    Re: He warmed up the more he got into his speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    OK, somebody is giving a speech. At the beginning he is too tense. After a while he starts showing more enthusiasm. The speech becomes more spirited and interesting. Do you get the idea?
    There are two clauses (he warmed up; he got into his speech) in the sentence. How should I parse the sentence? What is the conjunction?
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    Re: He warmed up the more he got into his speech.

    The phrase "the more he got into his speech" means in this case "the longer it lasted".

    (I will leave parsing to others.)

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    Re: He warmed up the more he got into his speech.

    warm up: to (cause to) become more excited or interesting

    Is there a typo in the explanation? Why not say exciting or interesting? Or excited or interested?
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    Re: He warmed up the more he got into his speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    warm up: to (cause to) become more excited or interesting

    Is there a typo in the explanation? Why not say exciting or interesting? Or excited or interested?
    I would say:

    to cause to become more excited or interested

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    Re: He warmed up the more he got into his speech.

    You can't cause somebody else to be more interesting. So yes, I guess that one is a typo of sorts.

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    Re: He warmed up the more he got into his speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    warm up: to (cause to) become more excited or interesting
    He warmed up the more he got into his speech.
    Can I paraphrase the quoted sentence as follows?
    The more he got into his speech, the more he became excited or interested.
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    Re: He warmed up the more he got into his speech.

    Well, the purpose of a speech is to stimulate the audience's interest. If the speaker gets excited, that helps.

    OK, what was the question?

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