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    #1

    put your hands up/put up your hands

    Hello, everyone

    I'm not sure why "put your hands up"(put up is not a phrasal verb here)

    But we can still say "put up your hands?"

    Thanks so much!

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    #2

    Re: put your hands up/put up your hands

    'Put up' is, or is not, a phrasal verb depending on which book you consult. What is important is not how we label these two words but how we can use them.

    We can say:

    Put your hands up.
    Put your hands up now.
    Put them up.
    Put them up now.
    Put up your hands.
    Put up your hands now.

    We cannot say:


    Put your hands now up.
    Put up now your hands.
    Put up them.

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    #3

    Re: put your hands up/put up your hands

    I wonder -- why do you say it's not a phrasal verb?

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    Re: put your hands up/put up your hands

    I didn't say it wasn't a phrasal verb.

    If you want to know my views on verbs used with prepositions/adverbs/particles, you'll find them here.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-Sep-2016 at 22:31.

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    Re: put your hands up/put up your hands

    Piscean -- I was asking MOYEEA LEE

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    I'm not sure why "put your hands up"(put up is not a phrasal verb here)

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    Re: put your hands up/put up your hands

    Thanks so much for your help!

    I have looked up many dictionaries, there is no explanation tells " put up" is a phrasal verb when it means putting something to a higher position.

    Besides, wikipedia says that phrasal verbs' meanings are normally different with the normal meanings.

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    Re: put your hands up/put up your hands

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post

    Besides, wikipedia says that phrasal verbs' meanings are normally different with the normal meanings.
    I hope it says '...different from the normal meanings'.

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    #8

    Re: put your hands up/put up your hands

    I say 'different from'. Others are happy with 'to' or 'than'.

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    Re: put your hands up/put up your hands

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    I have looked up many dictionaries, there is no explanation tells " put up" is a phrasal verb when it means putting something to a higher position.
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...ut-up?q=put+up
    Scroll down to 'put somethingup'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: put your hands up/put up your hands

    So many meanings to "put up", but I didn't find any listings supporting the idea that "put up your hands" means to raise them. I've always considered that phrase one of those grammatical cock ups you sometimes hear become common, but nevertheless incorrect.

    The list I found included:
    to-
    - erect, build
    - preserve, can
    - nominate
    - provide (funds) in advance
    - provide lodgings
    - startle (game animals) from cover
    - offer for sale
    - make a display
    - engage in

    I recall in Australia a vernacular usage meaning to put away.

    But I've never seen anything that shows "put up your hands" to be meaningful.

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