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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    [m]

    What does "[M]" mean?? I have read it in the Cambridge Dictionary....

    screw (sth) up (MISTAKE) phrasal verb [M] INFORMAL
    to make a mistake, or to spoil something:
    I reckon I screwed the chemistry exam up totally.

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    Re: [m]

    I'm not 100% sure, but I think it means that this phrasal verb can be separated (that is, the adverb can go either before or after the object)
    (Which can't happen in e.g. "look after")

    Some grammarians make that distinction by referring to phrasal verbs and prepositional verbs. I won't hold my breath until they all agree on a common #$#%$ terminology)

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    Re: [m]

    There's probably a section in that dictionary called 'How to use this dictionary' or 'Symbols/abbreviations used in this dictionary'. Try that. (I think Mariner is right though, both specifically and generally).

    b

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    Re: [m]

    I was trying to find some "key" of the symbols and abbreviations they use, but I can't find it.

    Maybe I am too stupid and inattentive... Everyone has sometimes problems to find sth. on the map, although he or she is "looking at it" all the time.

    Anyway, this is the site Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press - if you want, you can have look and tell me.

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    Re: [m]

    I am afraid that my paper Cambridge dictionaries are on another continent and I can't find anything on the site, but the symbol does appear to be used for separable verbs.

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    Re: [m]

    Thanks ;)

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    Re: [m]

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
    So much that either I'm a psychic or I had read the same definition at some point and it was imprinted on my memory. Wow...

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    Re: [m]

    Anyone got any clever ideas about why they use the letter 'M'?

    PS Well spotted, Mr M; I looked around for a while and couldn't find it.

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    #10

    Re: [m]

    I`ve looked in my dictionary and there is written that "screw up" is a familiar verb.

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