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    brush up

    Hello everyone
    Well, brush up:
    "brush up on sth phrasal verb
    to improve your knowledge of something already learned but partly forgotten:
    I thought I'd brush up on my French before going to Paris."(cambridge dictionary)
    Considering this difinition; I want to know if my examples are correct!:
    I'll help you brush up your English.
    You have to brush up your listening skills.
    It's well worth to think about brushing up your spoken Arabic.
    You have to brush up yourself in this field before looking for a job.

    Thanks alot in advance.

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    Re: brush up

    Hello Sara,

    Your first two examples are fine. Your third should be:

    3a. It's well worth thinking about brushing up your spoken Arabic.

    Your fourth would not be used; generally, when you say "brush up your X" or "brush up on X", X is a subject of some kind, rather than an animate object.

    Best wishes

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: brush up

    Thanks a lot MrPedantic for your correction.

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    Re: brush up

    You're welcome!

    (Just to clarify: my use of "subject" and "object" in my last answer may be confusing for some readers, in the context of grammar. By "subject", I meant "area of study"; by "animate object", I meant "living thing".)

    MrP

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    Re: brush up

    You have to brush up yourself in this field before looking for a job.

    "You'll have to brush up on how to write a CV before you start looking for a job."

    "I can help you with your English, but you'll have to brush up on maths yourself. I was never any good at that."

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    Re: brush up

    Thanks David.
    Do you mean that my sentence(the one you highlited in red) is wrong!!

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    Re: brush up

    If I interpret them correctly, Sara, the second and third sentences are indeed suggested improvements on the sentence in red.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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