Line up – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To line up people or things (or line people or things up) is to arrange them so that they from a row. A row is a straight line of people or things e.g. a row of chairs.

When people or things line up, they form a row.

People or things that form a row are lined up.

Examples of use:

1. Can you line the chairs up into three rows, please?

2. The children lined up all their teddy bears.

3. The cinema doesn’t open until 7pm but people are lining up outside already.

To line up something with something else is to align them: to put them in the correct position in relation to each other.

Example of use:

1. Line up the screw holes in the pieces of wood and screw them together with 20mm wood screws.

To line up something is to arrange events or activies for someone or something.

Someone or something you have arranged to be available at a future event or activity is lined up.

Examples of use:

1. They have a fantastic band lined up for the wedding reception.

2. I have a lot of meetings lined up next week.

3. We’re going to line up a singer for the Christmas party.

line-up (noun) – the people or things planned for an event are the line-up

line-up (noun) a line of people arranged for inspection (e.g. Army personnel) or as a way of identifying a suspect (a police line-up)

line up
present simple
line up and lines up
-ing form
lining up
past simple
lined up
past participle
lined up

Can you think of any ways to use the phrasal verb ‘line up‘ in a sentence?

What activies are you going to line up for your summer holidays?

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