Phrasal Verbs with 'Be'
Try to find or get
Example:The police ARE AFTER him because of the theft.
Example:The next bus should BE ALONG in the next quarter of an hour or so.
Be elsewhere; on holiday, etc.
Example:She's AWAY on business for three weeks.
Be suitable, have the necessary qualities
Example:She's not CUT OUT FOR this kind of work.
Example:She was very CUT UP about coming second as she thought she deserved to win.
Example:He's BEEN DOWN since his partner left him.
Be reduced or less
Example:The firm's profits ARE DOWN by ten percent this quarter.
Have negative feelings toward someone
Example:After the argument, James is DOWN ON his boss.
Example:Gul is DOWN WITH some bug and is off work today.
Be bored, upset or sick of something
Example:I AM FED UP of his complaints.
Be at home or at work
Example:They ARE never IN; I always get their answerphone.
Be submitted, arrive
Example:The application form must BE IN by 3pm on Friday.
Be involved in
Example:Susan was the only one who WASN'T IN ON the plan.
Example:I AM INTO classical music.
Example:The way he's behaving IS just NOT ON.
Be bad (of food)
Example:This yoghurt must BE OFF; it smells foul.
Example:I'm OFF home; it's five o'clock.
Be functioning (of machines)
Example:The computer IS ON.
Example:The show IS ON for the next three months.
Take medication or drugs, especially when they affect the person badly
Example:He IS ON anti-depressants and has become very difficult to please.
Be at the top of one’s game, performing very well
Example:He IS really ON right now- three goals in five minutes!
Mean, try to say
Example:I couldn't understand what he WAS ON ABOUT- it made no sense.
Pursue, be aware of someone's true nature
Example:He's being very careful because he thinks the police ARE ONTO him.
Be absent from a place
Example:She IS OUT on a visit for the day.
Have no more left
Example:We're OUT OF coffee so I'll have to go and get some.
Example:She IS OUT TO get him sacked because she hates him.
Have too much work
Example:We're completely SNOWED UNDER at work because it's the end of the tax year.
Be shocked or surprised
Example:I WAS TAKEN ABACK when I saw him because he's lost all his hair.
Example:I WAS very TAKEN WITH the performance- it was superb.
Be connected with
Example:He said the meeting IS TO DO WITH a complaint.
Be out of bed
Example:She's not UP yet.
Have increased or risen
Example:The company's profits ARE UP by fifteen percent.
When the time for something finishes or expires
Example:Time's UP, please finish your drinks and leave.
Be enthusiastic about an upcoming event
Example:ARE you UP FOR the climb of Mt. Blanc?
Be good enough
Example:He's not UP TO the job; get someone else.
Doing something naughty or wrong
Example:What are those kids UP TO?