Essential Phrasal Verbs | Online English Lessons

To hand out something (or hand something out) is to give something to each person in a group of people. Give out is similar to hand out. Examples of use: 1. He handed the toys out to the children. 2. The teacher handed the homework sheets out to the students. 3. Emergency food parcels were handed out to the earthquake victims. 4. It’s my job to hand out the … [Read more…]

1. To run out of something is to use all of it so that there is nothing left. Examples of use: a) I’ve run out of bread. b) We can’t have coffee this morning because we’ve run out of milk. c) I ran out of petrol on my way to work this morning. d) News headline: Fresh water supplies are going to run out. e) Twitter update from Stephen Fry: Scenario. Soon … [Read more…]

To tell off somebody (or tell somebody off) is to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong. Informal English. tick off has a very similar meaning. Examples of use: 1. Mum will tell you off for beaking that window. 2. Our English teacher told us off for throwing paper aeroplanes in class. 3. He tells us off for the smallest things. 4. Twitter … [Read more…]

  1. To call off something (or call something off) is to cancel a planned event, or an event that has already started. Examples of use: a) They are calling the tennis match off because of the rain. b) They called off the wedding. c) Mike is ill so we will have to call the party off. d) News headline: Spain airport strike called off. e) The police … [Read more…]

  1. To set off is to start a journey. Examples of use: a) What time are we setting off? b) They set off for home. c) There are roadworks on the motorway so you’d better set off early. d) He set off from Paris last Sunday. e) We set off for London with only £20 in our pockets. f) I’m looking forward to setting off on my summer holiday. 2. … [Read more…]