Sort out – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To sort out something (or sort something out) is to organize or arrange things which are untidy.

Examples of use:

1. My bookcase is in a mess. I need to sort out my books.

2. Your room is very untidy. Sort out your clothes and put them in your cupboard, please.

To sort out something (or sort something out) is also to resolve a problem or misunderstanding.

Examples of use:

1. I had a problem with my car brakes but my brother sorted them out.

2. If my parents have any trouble with their computer their neighbour always sorts it out for them.

3. Will you two stop arguing and sort out your disagreements?!

To sort out something (or sort something out) is to discuss it with someone and make a decision about what to do.

1. We need to sort out the arrangements for our holiday.

2. Let’s sit down and sort out the guest list for the wedding.

infinitive sort out
present simple sort out and sorts out
-ing form sorting out
past simple sorted out
past participle sorted out

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

Is there anything you need to sort out?

Practise writing one or two sentences in your notebook, or add them as a comment on this blog post.

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