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    Phrasal verb "spruce up"

    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural.

    1. Gina would spruce up every Saturday evening before gong out
    2. The city is sprucing up for the prime minister's visit.
    3. Wembley Stadium is sprucing up for the FA Cup Final.

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    Re: Word "spruce up"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural.

    1. Gina would spruceup every Saturday evening before going out
    2. The city is sprucing up for the prime minister's visit.
    3. Wembley Stadium is sprucing up for the FA Cup Final.
    Those don't work for me. That phrasal verb needs an object.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/spruce

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    Re: Word "spruce up"

    Would my sentences be correct like this:
    1. Gina would spruce herself up every Saturday evening before going out.
    2. The city is sprucing itself up for the prime minister's visit.
    3.Wembley Stadium is sprucing itself up for the FA Cup Final.

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    Re: Word "spruce up"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Would my sentences be correct like this:
    1. Gina would spruce herself up every Saturday evening before going out.
    2. The city is sprucing itself up for the prime minister's visit.
    3.Wembley Stadium is sprucing itself up for the FA Cup Final.
    Spruce up is normally used for inanimate objects, not people, so number 1 doesn't work for me. 2 and 3 are okay.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Word "spruce up"

    GoesStation,

    Thank you for your advice, but these two examples are from the Oxford Dictionary:

    • ‘There is no dress code, but as always we spruce ourselves up for the occasion in our best suits.’
    • ‘I've had a haircut to spruce myself up before my sis shows up tomorrow.’

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    Re: Word "spruce up"

    They don't sound natural to my AmE ears.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Word "spruce up"

    They sound OK to this speaker of BrE.

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    Re: Word "spruce up"

    Please note that I have changed your original thread title.

    'Spruce up' is not a word.

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    #9

    Re: Phrasal verb "spruce up"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural.

    1. Gina would spruce up every Saturday evening before gong out
    2. The city is sprucing up for the prime minister's visit.
    3. Wembley Stadium is sprucing up for the FA Cup Final.
    People usually spruce up inanimate objects, not themselves, and cities and stadia are incapable of sprucing themselves up because they are incapable of action.

    Gina made herself look nice/tarted herself up (the latter is rather slangy) before going out on a Saturday evening.
    The city is being spruced up for the prime minister's visit.
    Wembley Stadium is being spruced up for the FA Cup final.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Phrasal verb "spruce up"

    Spruce up is often reflexive, a point that has yet to be noted here. We spruce ourselves up for a job interview, a date, or a dance etc. We can also spruce up our car, wardrobe or apartment, etc.

    But, students, note the difference in word order:

    I spruced myself up for the date.

    I spruced up my car for the car show.

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