Welcome back to another ESL podcast, people! I had one of my ex students request a second blog/podcast for phrasal verbs, so here it is! Here’s round II of the madness! Again, thanks to all my supporters who continue supporting my podcast, viewing my blog and showering me with recommendations!
Hold on — To hold something tightly. This phrase can also be a way of asking someone to wait for a moment.
“Could you please hold on! I’m doing something!”
“Hold on the the rail while going down the stairs. Thank you.”
Log in (to) — Used with computers, this phrase means to sign into your account on a website or computer.
“Could you log in to the computer.” – Verb form
“What is your login?” – Noun form
Look up — To check the meaning of something. (Can be separated by the item being looked up).
“I look up to him.”
“Could you please look up something for me on the computer?”
Pay back — To give someone back money that you owe them. (Can be separated by the person getting paid back.) When it’s written as one word, “payback” means revenge.
“Hey! You haven’t paid me back yet!” – Past Tense
“Oh, it’s payback time!” – Revenge
Pay for — This phrase can either mean to give someone money for a particular purpose (like paying for a new car), or to suffer because of something you did.
“Could you pay for the meal?” – Pay the bill
“You’re going to pay for this!” – Revenge
Turn around — To move so that you’re facing the opposite direction.
“Turn around and put your hands behind your back.” – You’re in TROUBLE!
Turn up — When someone that was lost is found unexpectedly.
“Hey, my car turned up!” – Past Tense
Turn on/off — To switch a machine or light on or off.
“Could you please turn off the lights before leaving?”