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    Just a little while ago I read about the phrasal verbs:
    - Back out
    - Back off
    - Back up
    Just want to know what's their difference in usage. I learned that they have all the same meaning of driving a vehicle in reverse direction. How should I say if I want to say about a vehicle driving backwards. Are the three mentioned are applicable?


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    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    Just a little while ago I read about the phrasal verbs:
    - Back out
    - Back off
    - Back up
    Just want to know what's their difference in usage. I learned that they have all the same meaning of driving a vehicle in reverse direction. How should I say if I want to say about a vehicle driving backwards. Are the three mentioned are applicable?
    1. 'Back out' means reverse out of an area. For example, "I want you to back slowly out of the driveway/parking space."

    2. 'Back off' means reverse off a particular object. For example, "Back off that grass verge right now!"

    3. 'Back up' means reverse in a more general sense. For example, "I want you to back up until I give you the signal to stop."

    Note that all three of these verbs have other meanings than reversing:

    1. "I was forced to back out of (renege on) the agreement."

    2. "If you don't back off immediately (stop behaving aggressively), I'm going to hit you."

    3. "I expected you to back me up (support my position)."

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    Now I know how to use those words. Thanks.

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    Hello,

    One more question. Can I use only 'back' word without up, off, out words added. Are these necessary.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    Hello,

    One more question. Can I use only 'back' word without up, off, out words added. Are these necessary.

    Thanks.
    You could use the verb back on its own. It's main meaning is to support someone. If you check your dictionary you can see other phrasal verbs using back as well.

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    Re: Question

    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    Hello,

    One more question. Can I use only 'back' word without up, off, out words added. Are these necessary.

    Thanks.
    You could use the verb back on its own. Its main meaning is to support someone. If you check your dictionary you can see other phrasal verbs using back as well.

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    Thanks.

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