Add up to – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

1. Add up to (something) is to become a particular amount or figure: when separate amounts add up to a total amount, they become that total. 

Examples of use:

a) My food shopping bill added up to £120 this week!

b) Your business expenses for 2010 add up to £14,528.

b)  Your purchases add up to $300, Madam.

c) The cost of travelling to work by train adds up to £105 per week.

d) Profits made by energy companies add up to billions.

2. To add up to (something) is to have a particular result or effect.

Examples of use:

a) Increases in the cost of rail travel add up to misery for commuters.

b) Low bank interest rates add up to bad news for savers.

c) Lots of rainy days in the school holidays adds up to bored children and stressed parents!

c) News headline: Will the latest credit problems add up to a global recession?

d) News headline: Serious safety violations add up to $60900 in fines for American company.

infinitive add up to
present simple add up to and adds up to
-ing form adding up to
past simple added up to
past participle added up to

Can you use this phrasal verb in a sentence?

How much do your travelling expenses add up to each week?

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