What Is a Compound Adjective? Definition, List and Examples

Compound adjectives are adjectives that are made up of two or more words usually with hyphens (-) between them.

Compound adjectives can be formed as follows:

1. Adjective + Past participle

  • narrow-minded

I can’t stand narrow-minded people who are intolerant of new ideas.

  • high-spirited

The students gave a high-spirited musical performance.

  • old-fashioned

We had lunch in an old-fashioned restaurant.

  • short-haired

He was dancing with a short-haired woman.

  • absent-minded

His absent-minded comment hurt his sister’s feelings.

  • strong-willed

She’s a strong-willed woman who won’t stop until she gets what she wants.

  • quick-witted

The quick-witted detective solved the crime before anyone else had a clue.

  • kind-hearted

A kind-hearted stranger helped us find the train station.

2. Adverb + Past Participle

  • well-behaved

They have three well-behaved children.

  • well-educated

A lot of well-educated people are still having trouble finding jobs.

  • densely-populated

This densely-populated area has the highest crime rates in the country.

  • widely-recognized

She’s a widely-recognized expert in technology.

  • highly-respected

Our speaker tonight is a highly-respected scholar.

  • brightly-lit

We live on a brightly-lit street in the city center.

3. Noun + Past Participle

  • sun-baked

We strolled along the sun-baked streets of Naples.

  • child-wanted

I wanted to buy my daughter the most child-wanted toy.

  • middle-aged

A lot of middle-aged men are dissatisfied with their lives.

4. Noun + Present Participle

  • English-speaking

United Kingdom is an English-speaking country.

  • time-saving

These time-saving techniques will help you work more efficiently.

  • record-breaking

The athlete’s record-breaking performance won him the gold medal.

  • mouth-watering

There was a variety of mouth-watering desserts at the wedding reception.

  • thought-provoking

It was a thought-provoking novel.

5. Adjective + Present Participle

  • good-looking

Who’s that good-looking guy over there?

  • long-lasting

This long-lasting makeup will keep you looking lovely day and night.

  • slow-moving

I was stuck in slow-moving traffic for over an hour.

  • far-reaching

The new law will have far-reaching effects in the economy.

6. Adverb + Present Participle

  • never-ending

Learning a language seems to be a never-ending process.

  • forward-thinking

Some forward-thinking politicians are proposing reforms to the educational system.

7. Noun + Adjective

  • world-famous

We had dinner at a world-famous Italian restaurant.

  • ice-cold

There’s nothing better than drinking an ice-cold lemonade on a hot summer day.

  • smoke-free

This is a smoke-free restaurant.

8. Adjective + Noun

  • full-length

The director produced his first full-length movie in 1998.

  • last-minute

It was a last-minute decision.

9. Noun + Noun

  • part-time

We have 20 part-time members of staff .

10. Adjective + Adjective

  • fat-free

These fat-free cookies are delicious!

 What Is a Compound Adjective? Definition, List and Examples 1

A list of compound adjectives with their meanings:

  • Kind-hearted: kind; generous
  • Brightly-litfull of light
  • Old-fashionednot modern
  • Deeply-rooteddifficult to change
  • Good-lookingattractive
  • Labor-savingmaking work easier
  • Left-handeduses left hand for writing ≠ Right- handed
  • Short-sighted: unable to see far things ≠ Long-sighted
  • Well-knownfamous
  • Easy-goingeasy to accept things without worrying
  • Brand-newcompletely new
  • Part-time (job)carries fewer hours per week
  • Badly-writtenwritten in a bad or wrong way
  • Well-paidproviding or receiving good payment
  • Second-handnot new; used by someone before
  • Well-informedknows a lot
  • Open-mindedflexible
  • Red-handeddid a crime or something wrong
  • Tight-fistedmean; not generous with money
  • Well-earneddeserved
  • Self-reliantindependent
  • Self-centeredselfish
  • Ever-lastingeternal
  • Heart-brokendepressed
  • Narrow-mindedinflexible
  • Absent-mindedforgetful; likely to forget things
  • Middle-agedaround 40-50 years old
  • Quick-witted: intelligent, clever, fast at thinking and discovering things
  • Strong-willedstrong desires, stubborn, does not desist
  • High-spiritedwith a lot of energy

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How to Use Prepositions AT – IN – ON

IN, ON and AT are used as both time prepositions and place prepositions in English.

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Prepositions of Time


  • in the morning
  • in the afternoon
  • in the evening
  • in February
  • in March
  • in the summer
  • in the winter
  • in the autumn
  • in the spring
  • in 1999


  • on Monday
  • on Sunday
  • on April 1st
  • on the 11th
  • on the first day
  • on the last day
  • on my birthday
  • on Christmas day
  • on Easter day
  • on holiday
  • on my wedding day
  • on that day


  • at 9 o’clock
  • at midday
  • at noon
  • at dusk
  • at dawn
  • at night
  • at the weekend
  • at Christmas
  • at Easter
  • at the moment
  • at that time
  • at the beginning
  • at the end

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Prepositions of Place


  • at The Empire State Building
  • at the corner
  • at the bus stop
  • at the door
  • at the top of page
  • at the end of the road
  • at the entrance
  • at the crossroads
  • at the front desk
  • at a conference
  • at a party


  • In a box.
  • In a room.
  • In a country.
  • in a traffic jam
  • in Time Square
  • in a building
  • in a car
  • in a taxi
  • in a boat
  • in a helicopter
  • in a lift (elevator)
  • in the living – room
  • in the article
  • in England


  • on the table.
  • on the floor.
  • on the chair.
  • on a table
  • on a wall
  • on the floor
  • on the roof
  • on the menu
  • on the page
  • on the door
  • on the shelf

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Common Phrases and What You Can Use Instead

Learn Common English Phrases and What You Can Use Instead…

Ways to Say “Very Good”

1. You’re on the right track now!

2. That’s the best ever

3. You’ve got it made

4. You’ve just about mastered it

5. Super!

6. Perfect!

7. That’s right!

8. That’s better than ever

9. That’s good

10. Much better!

11. You’re really working hard today

12. Wonderful

13. You are very good at that

14. You must have been practicing

15. That’s coming along nicely

16. You did that very well

17. Good work!

18. Fine!

19. I’m happy to see you working like that

20. Nice going

21. That’s much, much better!

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Alternative Ways to Say GOODBYE

1. So long

2. See you later

3. Be seein’ you

4. Take it easy

5. Bye

6. Bye-bye

7. See you

8. Bye now

9. Be good

10. Catch you

11. See you again

12. See you around

13. See you soon

14. Take care

15. Bye for now

16. Be seeing you

17. I’ll be seeing you

18. Come whenever you can

19. I enjoyed seeing you again

20. Drop in again

21. God bless you

22. You take care

23. Have a good trip

24. Have a nice day

25. Have a safe trip

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Different Ways to Say “Calm Down”

Alternative ways to say “Calm Down”

1. I see that you are having a difficult time, let me help you.

2. Take a deep breath.

3. If you need to hit something, hit this pillow.

4. That can be so frustrating, let’s figure this out together.

5. I see that you are mad, how does that feel in your body?

6. Count to 10.

7. Want to squeeze my hand?

8. How about a big hug.

9. Let’s focus on fixing the problem together.

10. If you are feeling sad, you can tell me about it.

11. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do

Saying “Calm Down” to Your Anxious Teen

1. Tell me about it

2. I’m listening

3. That sounds tough

4. I totally get it.

5. Let’s breathe together.

6. 1 to 10 scale, how horrible is it?

7. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Different Ways to Say “NO”

1. No.

2. Nope.

3. No thanks, I won’t be able to make it.

4. Not this time.

5. No thanks, I have another commitment.

6. Unfortunately, it’s not a good time.

7. Sadly I have something else.

8. Unfortunately not.

9. I have something else.

10. Sorry.

11. Apologies, but I can’t make it.

12. Maybe another time.

13. Sounds great, but I can’t commit.

14. I’m booked into something else.

15. I’m not able to make that time.

16. Thanks, but no thanks.

17. I’m not able to make it this week/ month/ year.

18. I’ve got too much on my plate right now.

19. I’m not talking on anything else right now.

20. Bandwidth is low, so I won’t be able to make it work.

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Ways to Say GOOD JOB

1. You’re on the right track now!

2. You’ve got it made.


4. That’s right!

5. That’s good.

6. I’m very proud of you.

7. You’re really working hard today.

8. You are very good at that.

9. That’s coming along nicely.


11. I’m happy to see you working like that.

12. That’s much, much better!

13. Exactly right.

14. I’m proud of the way you worked today.

15. You’re doing that much better today.

16. You’ve just about got it.

17. That’s the best you’ve ever done.

18. You’re doing a good job.

19. THAT’S IT!

20. Now you’ve figured it out.

21. That’s quite an improvement.

22. GREAT!

23. I knew you could do it.

24. Congratulations!

25. Not bad.

26. Keep working on it.

27. You’re improving.

28. Now you have it!

29. You are learning fast.

30. Good for you!

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Different ways of saying “For Example”

1. Such as

2. For instance

3. Let’s say …

4. Examples include

5. One example is

6. Including

7. In a similar case

8. To illustrate

9. By way of illustration

10. If you look at …

11. This includes

12. As an example

13. As a case in point

14. Especially

15. An example being …

16. Namely, …

17. In addition to

18. This can be seen when…

19. … is one example of …

20. …as illustrated by…

21. …as seen in …

22. …which is made apparent when…

23. These include…

24. Particularly…

25. This is illustrated…

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Creative Ways to Say “YES”

1. Yep

2. No problem!

3. Yeah

4. Sure

5. Definitely

6. Naturally

7. You bet!

8. Of course

9. OK

10. Okie dokie

11. Affirmative

12. Aye aye

13. Roger

14. Uh-huh

15. Very well

16. Yup

17. Yuppers

18. Right on

19. Ja

20. Surely

21. Totally

22. Yessir

23. Indubitably

24. Yay

25. And how!

26. K

27. Alright

28. Alrighty

29. Sounds good

30. For sure

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Other Ways To Say Common Things in English

Common words in English and learn what you can use instead.

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Words to Use Instead of “AFRAID”

1. Tense

E.g. She sounded tense and angry.

2. Panicky

E.g. He was feeling panicky.

3. Terrified

E.g. She was terrified at the thought of being alone.

4. Frightened

E.g. I’m too frightened to ask him now.

5. Fearful

E.g. Parents are ever fearful for their children.

6. Scared

E.g. People are scared to use the buses late at night.

7. Petrified

E.g. I’m petrified of snakes.

8. Timid

E.g. They’ve been rather timid in the changes they’ve made.

9. Chicken out

E.g. You’re not going to chicken out, are you?

10. Nervy

E.g. You seem quite nervy this morning.

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Different Ways to Say BEAUTIFUL

1. adorable

2. alluring

3. attractive

4. august

5. becoming

6. beguiling

7. blooming

8. blue-ribbon

9. bonny


11. charming

12. cute

13. dazzling

14. delicate

15. delightful

16. elegant

17. exquisite

18. grand

19. handsome

20. lovely

21. magnificent

22. marvelous

23. pleasing

24. pretty

25. splendid

26. debonair

27. delectable

28. discerning

29. divine

30. chesterfieldian

31. elysian

32. enticing

33. enchanting

34. entrancing

35. empyrean

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Other ways to say “Intelligent”

1. Wise
E.g. I’m older and wiser after ten years in the business.

2. Astute

E.g. It was an astute move to sell the shares then

3. Knowledgeable

E.g. She is very knowledgeable about plants.

4. Brilliant

E.g. What a brilliant idea!

5. Brainy

E.g. He’s a brainy kid.

6. Smart

E.g. I have to be smart for work.

7. Clever

E.g. How clever of you to work it out!

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How to Talk About the Weather in English

Learn How to Talk About the Weather in English.

Cold Weather

1. It’s freezing outside!

2. It’s a bit chilly. Wrap up warm.

3. It’s cold.

4. It’s Arctic out there.

5. It’s quite fresh – take a jumper.

6. You can see your breath in the air.

7. It’s below zero.

8. It must be minus five or more.

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Hot Weather

1. It’s nice and warm today.

2. It’s pretty hot, isn’t it?

3. We’re having a heatwave!

4. It’s so hot! It must be over 80.

5. It’s nice in the sun.

6. The weather’s lovely.

7. It’s a lovely day.

8. It’s absolutely boiling!

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Rainy Weather

1. Is that rain?

2. It’s only a shower.

3. It’s pouring.

4. It’s bucketing down.

5. We’d better run for it.

6. It’s been raining all day.

7. I’m soaked to the skin.

8. I’m drenched.

9. Looks like rain.

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Learn Useful Expressions in English | Other Ways to Say …

Learn useful expressions and how to say common phrases in many different ways in English.

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Cool Ways to Say “I Miss You”

1. I can’t stop thinking about you.

2. I can’t wait to see you again.

3. When will I see you again?

4. I hope I see you again soon.

5. I feel sad without you.

6. All I do is think of you.

7. I wish you were here.

8. I’m counting down the days.

9. I’m counting the days until I see you again.

10. I look forward to seeing you again.

11. I would like to be with you again.

12. The world is not the same when you are away.

13. You’ve been on my mind.

14. You occupy my thoughts.

15. I yearn for you.

16. I long for you.

17. You crossed my mind.

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Different Ways to Say “NICE TO MEET YOU”

1. Pleased to meet you.

2. It was lovely meeting you.

3. Glad to meet you.

4. I’ve enjoyed meeting you.

5. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

6. It’s very nice to meet you .

7. How do you do?

8. Lovely to meet you.

9. How wonderful to meet you!

10. It was nice meeting you.

11. It was nice to have met you.

12. It’s been a pleasure meeting you.

13. Nice meeting you.

14. It was nice talking to you.

15. It is fun talking to you.

16. It is fun chatting with you.

17. Happy to meet you.

18. Good to meet you.

19. Pleased to make your acquaintance.

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Beautifully Romantic Ways To Say I LOVE YOU

1. I adore you

2. I’m affectionate for you

3. I’m attached to you

4. I’m enchanted by you

5. You’re my enchantment

6. I burn for you

7. You fill my heart

8. I’m fond of you

9. You’re my missing piece

10. You’re the only one for me

11. I’m totally devoted to you

12. I’m infatuated with you

13. I’m mad about you

14. You’re all I see

15. I’m passionate about you

16. I’m enraptured with you

17. I relish you

18. You’re the light of my life

19. You’re my soft spot

20. You’re my everything

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Different Ways to Say “I Like It”

1. It’s to my thinking.

2. It sounds great.

3. I’m really into it.

4. It appeals to me.

5. It sounds good.

6. I’m very interesting in it.

7. I’m fond of it.

8. It looks good.

9. I’m very interested in doing and learning about it.

10. It’s to my liking.

11. I adore it.

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Other Ways to Say “I Don’t Like It”

1. That’s not for me.

2. I’m not into it.

3. I dislike it.

4. I’m disinterested in that.

5. I’ll pass.

6. I’m not fond of it.

7. I’m not crazy about it.

8. I don’t appreciate that.

9. I’ve had enough of it.

10. I’m impartial about that.

11. It doesn’t tickle my fancy.

12. I’m not a big fan of it.

13. I’m not keen of it.

14. It’s not my cup of tea.

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Creative Ways to Say “Happy Birthday”

1. Many happy returns of the day!

2. Have a good one!

3. Have a great birthday!

4. All the best!

5. Many more happy returns!

6. I wish you a wonderful birthday!

7. May your birthday be filled with laughter!

8. I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

9. I wish you all the best on your special day.

10. I hope you have a fantastic day and a fantastic year to come.

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Different Ways to Say and Response to “How are you?”

Different ways to ask How someone is:

1. How are you doing?

2. How are things?

3. What’s up

4. How’s it going?

5. What’s happening?

6. What’s new?

7. All right?

Different ways to response to “How are you?”:

1. I’m fine, thanks. How about you?

2. Pretty good.

3. Not bad

4. Things are good.

5. Okay.

6. I’m alright

7. Great!

8. Fantastic!

9. I’m OK.

10. Couldn’t be better!

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Different Ways to Say “I’m Going to Sleep”

1. Hit the hay sack

2. Hit the shucks

3. It’s bedtime

4. Rip and tear

5. Rack down

6. Shut-eye

7. Stretch out

8. Take a snooze

9. I Think i’ll turn in

10. Turning in

11. About to retire

12. Bag down

13. Bag the z’s

14. Beat

15. Bed

16. Bedtime

17. Black out

18. Blow some z’s

19. Bunk for the night

20. Call it quits

21. Cash in

22. Cash in my chips

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100+ of the Most Useful Phrasal Verbs in English (With Meaning & Examples)

Phrasal verbs are an important part of learning the English language. Use this list when you don’t understand what the phrasal verbs means.

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Useful English Phrasal Verbs with “BE”

1. Be afterTry to find or get

E.g. The police are after him because of the theft.

2. Be alongArrive

E.g. The next bus should be along in the next quarter of an hour or so.

3. Be awayBe elsewhere; on holiday,…

E.g. She‘s away on business for three weeks.

4. Be down onHave negative feelings toward someone

E.g. After the argument, James is down on his boss.

5. Be down withBe ill

E.g. I didn’t go to work because I was down with the flu.

6. Be fed upBe bored, upset or sick of something

E.g. I am fed up of his complaints.

7. Be inBe at home or at work

E.g. They are never in; I always get their answerphone.

8. Be inBe submitted, arrive

E.g. The application form must be in by 3pm on Friday.

9. Be in onBe involved in

E.g. Susan was the only one who wasn’t in on the plan.

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Phrasal Verbs with “UP”

1. Blow upExplode

E.g. The car blew up after it crashed into the wall.

2. Build upIncrease in amount, size or intensity

E.g. We have built up the business over the years and it now employs over 20 people.

3. Burn upHave a high temperature

E.g. You’re burning up—have you seen a doctor?

4. Call upTelephone

E.g. I’m going to call up and cancel my subscription.

5. Check upTo make sure that somebody is doing what they should be doing

E.g. My mother is always checking up on me.

6. Come upHappen unexpectedly

E.g. I’m afraid I can’t make the meeting tomorrow. Something has come up.

7. Divide upDistribute

E.g. We can divide up the commission among the sales staff.

8. Drive upForce up the prices or costs

E.g. The uncertainty in the markets is driving up labour costs.

9. Do upFasten up

E.g. Do you know how to do up your seat belt?

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Phrasal Verbs with BREAK

1. Break offTo stop (temporarily)

E.g. He broke off in the middle of a sentence.

2. Break offTo become separate

E.g. The back section of the train had broken off.

3. Break outTo begin suddenly (of war, fire, conflict, etc.)

E.g. They’re worried that war will break out.

4. Break throughTo successfully deal with smt that is stopping you making progress

E.g. She attempts to break through prejudice in the workplace.

5. Break upBreak into many pieces

E.g. The cup broke up when he dropped it on the floor.

6. Break out in“Sweat heavily, develop skin sores or irritation”

E.g. The measles caused me to break out in a rash.

7. Break out ofEscape

E.g. Two dangerous prisoners broke out of Dark Prison last night.

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English Phrasal Verbs with “OUT”

1. Act outPerform something with actions and gestures

E.g. They acted out the story on stage.

2. Act outExpress an emotion in your behaviour

E.g. Their anger is acted out in their antisocial behaviour.

3. Back out ofNot keep an agreement / arrangement

E.g. We’re hoping that no one will back out of the deal.

4. Check outLeave a hotel

E.g. Joan had already checked out of the hotel.

5. Cut outRemove completely

E.g. He’s cut out all the fat from his diet and he’s a lot slimmer.

6. Draw outTo persuade someone to express their thoughts

E.g. Can you draw out the plans?

7. Find outDiscover some information

E.g. Did she find out about the party?

8. Hand outDistribute, to give, pass out

E.g. The teacher handed out the English books to the students.

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Phrasal Verbs with “OVER”

1. Carry overTo transport over by carrying

E.g. We carried this house model over the bridge.

2. Carry overTo transfer (something) to a later point in time

E.g. The rent was carried over to December.

3. Change overTo make a transition from one system to another

E.g. The farm has changed over to organic methods.

4. Fall overTo stop working suddenly

E.g. My computer keeps falling over.

5. Hand overGive something to somebody with your hands

E.g. The captured thief was ordered to hand over his gun.

6. Make overTo convert to a different use

E.g. We’re going to make over the garage into a guest suite.

7. Pass overTo by pass or skip (something)

E.g. They chose to pass over her rude remarks.

8. Pull overDrive to the side of the road and stop your car

E.g. When she noticed the police car behind her, she pulled over.

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Phrasal Verbs with ‘FALL’ in English

1. Fall aboutLaugh so much that one’s entire body moves somewhat uncontrollably

E.g. Every time he performed the trick people would fall about laughing.

2. Fall apartDisintegrate

E.g. My old briefcase is falling apart. I’ll have to buy a new one.

3. Fall awayCease to support a person or cause

E.g. After the divorce, all his friends fell away one by one.

4. Fall back onUse something for support in a difficult situation

E.g. I have $10000 in my savings to fall back on.

5. Fall behindBe late (for a regular event)

E.g. You’re falling behind with the rent.

6. Fall downFall to the ground, to collapse

E.g. The beams supporting the roof had rotted, causing the entire house to fall down.

7. Fall forFall in love with someone

E.g. He really fell for the attractive waitress at his favorite restaurant.

8. Fall inCollapse inwards

E.g. The heavy rain caused the roof to fall in.

9. Fall intoBe classified as; to fall under

E.g. That falls into three categories.

10. Fall offBecome detached or to drop from

E.g. A button fell off my coat.

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Phrasal Verbs with PUT

1. Put acrossExplain or state something clearly and understandably

E.g. All good communicators try to use popular, well-understood examples to put across complex ideas

2. Put asideSave (money)

E.g. I try to put a few dollars aside each week, just in case I need money in an emergency

3. Put awayTake a large lead in a game, especially enough to guarantee victory

E.g. They put the game away by scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter

4. Put backReturn something to its original place

E.g. He carefully put the vase back on the shelf

5. Put byPreserve food by canning, freezing, drying, …

E.g. Our family has been putting food by for generations

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Phrasal Verbs with BRING

1. Bring aboutMake something happen

E.g. Social changes that have been brought about by new technology.

2. Bring alongBring someone or something to certain place

E.g. You can bring your friends along if you like.

3. Bring aroundBring something with you when you visit

E.g. He brought some books around when he came last night.

4. Bring downMake something cheaper/ to reduce

E.g. The improvements in technology have brought the prices of computers down considerably.

5. Bring forthRemove something from where it is kept or hidden

E.g. She brought forth the diary and showed it to us.

6. Bring forwardMake something happen earlier than originally planned

E.g. The meeting has been brought foward to this Friday instead of next week.

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Phrasal Verbs with the Word LOOK

1. Look afterWatch or protect; to keep safe

E.g. He asked me to look after his daughter while he was away

2. Look toSeek inspiration or advice or reward from someone

E.g. Whenever I’m upset, I look to Mary to cheer me up.

3. Look forSearch for; to seek

E.g. He spent his life looking for the truth

4. Look intoInvestigate, explore, or consider

E.g. If you are buying a new car, you might want to look into getting a hybrid or other high-efficiency vehicle

5. Look outLook from within to the outside

E.g. Look out, and you will see the rain has stopped.


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Phrasal Verbs with PULL

1. Pull AwayGain in distance

E.g. She pulled away just as he was about to kiss her.

2. Pull Downdemolish

E.g. They pulled down the old sports stadium to build a new one.

3. Pull Forsupport; especially teams

E.g. Who are you pulling for in the cup finals?

4. Pull Intrain or bus arrival at a station

E.g. The train pulled in right on time.

5. Pull Offmanage to do

E.g. The Yankees pulled off a great upset in the finals.

6. Pull Overstop a vehicle by the side of the road

E.g. We pulled over to check our tires as something was making a funny sound on the car.

7. Pull Throughrecover from and illness

E.g. We didn’t know if he was going to pull through but in the end he did.

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Commonly Used Preposition Collocations in English

Learn common Preposition Collocations in English.

1.”Verb + Preposition” Combinations

1.1. Verb + TO

  • Listen to

Example: Little girls like to listen to lullabies at bed time.

  • Speak to

Example: You should speak to the boys about their behaviors

  • Apologize to

Example: Go and apologize your sister for what you said!

  • Belong to

Example: This book belongs to me.

  • Happen to

Example: What happen to you at the party?

  • Turn to

Example: A student who needs money turns to his parents.

  • Talk to

Example: Are you talking to me?

  • Used to

Example: She used to be lonely until she found Mr.Right.

1.2. Verb + FOR

  • Wait for

Example: hey, slow down & wait for her!

  • Look for

Example: Are you looking for this book?

  • Ask for

Example: If you don’t ask for it, you won’t get it.

  • Apply for

Example: I am going to apply for a new job today.

  • Blame for

Example: Why do you always blame me for everything?

  • Care for

Example: the mother is caring for her sick child.

  • Long for

Example: He longs for the days when he used to have a job.

  • Head for

Example: When shopping, he heads straight for the beer shelf.

1.3. Verb + AT

  • Smile at

Example: When she smiles at me, I become dizzy.

  • Stare at

Example:  Don’t stare at me like that!

  • Aim at

Example: Aim at the target if you want to hit it.

  • Look at

Example: Look at me! I’m talking to you!

  • Point at

It is rude to point at people

  • Laugh at

Why do you laugh at me?

1.4. Verb + FROM

  • Recover from

He luckily recovers from a terrible accidence.

  • Borrow from

If you want to run your own business, you could borrow money from the bank.

  • Escape from

Luckily, I escape from a thief.

  • Graduate from

I’ve just graduated from university this year.

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2. “Adjective + Preposition” Combinations

  • Accused of  

He’s been accused of robbery/murder.

  • Accustomed to

It’ll take time for me to accustom myself to the changes.

  • Addicted to

A lot of people nowadays have become addicted to the internet.

  • Afraid of

Are you afraid of the dark?

  • Allergic to

My dad’s allergic to pop music.

  • Amazed at/by

She was amazed at how calm she felt after the accident.

  • Angry about

I’m really angry about our losses on the stock market!

  • Angry with someone for something

I’m really angry with John for his total lack of responsibility.

  • Annoyed about/with/at 

He’s annoyed with Tim because he told his secret.

  • Anxious about/to

The drought has made farmers anxious about the harvest..

  • Appreciated for

We appreciate the need for immediate action.

  • Ashamed of  

I’m not ashamed of what I did.

  • Associated with/at/by

I don’t want my children associating with drug addicts and alcoholics.

  • Attached to

I don’t attach any importance/significance to these rumors.

  • Aware of

Were you aware of the risks at the time?

  • Awful at

I’m awful at names.

  • Bad at/for

Jack is really bad at keeping his promises.

  • Based on

The film is based on a short story by Thomas Mann.

  • Beneficial to

A stay in the country will be beneficial to his health.

  • Blessed with

You are blessed with many talents.

  • Bored with

You get bored / fed up with doing the same thing every day.

  • Brilliant at

He’s brilliant at football.

  • Busy with

The kids are busy with their homework.

  • Capable of         

You are capable of better work than this.

  • Careful with/to/about/of

Be careful with the glasses.

Be careful to look both ways when you cross the road.

He’s in a really foul temper so be careful (about/of) what you say to him.

  • Careless with

Don’t be careless with your ATM card.

  • Certain about/of

He was quite certain about/of his attacker’s identity.

  • Clever at/about/of/for/with

Fiona is very clever at physics.

My mother is very clever with her hands.

How clever of you to buy chocolate chip cookies – they’re my favorites.

  • Cluttered with

The floor was cluttered with my situation

  • Comfortable with/in

I’m not comfortable with the idea of leaving her on her own.

I don’t feel comfortable in high heels.

Her job is something concerned with computers.

  • Connected with/to

He was connected in some way with that fraud scandal a couple of years back.

First connect the printer to the computer.

  • Conscious of

She’s very conscious of the problems involved.

  • Content with

Not content with stealing my boyfriend, she has turned all my friends against me.

  • Coordinated with

Our program is coordinated with yours

  • Concerned about/for/with/to

I’m a bit concerned about/for your health.

He was concerned to hear that two of his trusted workers were leaving…

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Prepositions after certain words

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Most Useful Phrasal Verbs in English

Phrasal verb is the name given to an English verb which is composed of two or three words.

Phrasal verbs: Environment

1. wipe outdestroy something completely

Whole villages were wiped out by the floods.

2. break downdecompose, when something slowly reduces to its smallest parts

Plastics do not break down quickly. It takes hundreds of year for a plastic bottle to decompose.

3. scale backreduce the amount or size of something

The country has scaled back its use of fossil fuels and has started investing in renewable energy.

4. use upfinish a supply of something

I worry that we will use up the world’s non-renewable resources.

5. freeze overbecome frozen

The lake has frozen over.

6. chop downmake a tree fall down by cutting it with a sharp tool

Large areas of rainforest are being chopped down every day.


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Phrasal Verbs: Health

1. break outstart suddenly

I’ve broken out in a rash.

2. fight offfree yourself from an illness

Elaine’s fighting off a cold.

3. come tobecome conscious

Has he come to yet?

4. get overrecover from something

It’s taken me ages to get over the flu.

5. come down withbecome sick

I think I’m coming down with a cold.

6. throw upbe sick, vomit

Georgia was bent over the basin, throwing up.


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Phrasal Verbs for Business

1. Branch outExpand or extend one’s interests

The supermarkets have branched out into banking.

2. Break intoEnter (with effort or force)

It’s always been his ambition to break into broadcasting.

3. Carry onContinue

He moved to New York to carry on his work

4. Back upMake a copy of information

It’s a good idea to back up your files onto a memory stick.

5. Carry outDo and complete a task

The building work was carried out by a local contractor.

6. Find outDiscover a fact or piece of information

Can you find out what our customers think of their local bus service?

7. Call offCancel something

With the weather worsening, they have called off their field trip.

8. Drop inMake a short visit somewhere

I will drop in tomorrow morning.

9. Fill outComplete (a form)

It took me several hours to fill out the application form.

10. Bail outTo rescue somebody from a difficult situation, especially financial problems

Some local businesses have offered to bail out the museum.

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Phrasal Verbs about Food and Cooking

1. Bake offFinish baking partly baked food

She baked off the cakes in the oven.

2. Boil awayCause liquid to evaporate completely by boiling

The soup’s almost boiled away.

3. Boil overCause liquid to rise and flow over the side of the container

The milk was boiling over on the stove behind her.

4. Bolt downEat a large amount of food very quickly

She bolted down her lunch and rushed back to work.

5. Cut upCut something into small pieces

He cut the pie up into little pieces.

6. Eat outEat in a restaurant instead of at home

Do you feel like eating out tonight?

7. Slice offCut something from a larger piece

She sliced off a piece of sausage.

8. Whip upQuickly make a meal or something to eat

She whipped up a delicious lunch for us in 15 minutes.

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Travel Phrasal Verbs

1. Check outLeave the hotel after paying

We checked out at noon.

2. Set offStart a journey

We set off for Paris just after ten.

3. Get inArrive (train, plane)

The train got in late.

4. Take offWhen a plane departs or leaves the ground

The plane took off an hour late.

5. Check inArrive and register at a hotel or airport

Please check in at least an hour before departure.

6. Get offLeave a bus, train, plane

We get off at the next station.


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Common Verb Collocations in English

In the English language, collocation refers to a natural combination of words that are closely affiliated with each other. Some examples are “pay attention” ,”fast food”, “make an effort”, and “powerful engine”.

1.Collocations with GO

  • Go abroad

E.g. I think we should go abroad on holiday this year.

  • Go astray

E.g. John will go astray if he becomes friends with Bad Jack.

  • Go bad

E.g. The milk will go bad if it is not kept in the fridge.

  • Go bald

E.g. Many men go bald at an early age.

  • Go bankrupt

E.g. The company is about to go bankrupt.

  • Go blind

E.g. The old cat is starting to go blind.

  • Go crazy

E.g. The old man is going to go crazy.

  • Go deaf

E.g. Many old people go deaf.

  • Go fishing

E.g. I would like to go fishing this weekend.

  • Go insane (idiom)

E.g. If you don’t stop making that noise, I’m going to go (completely) insane!…

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2. Collocations with HAVE

  • A baby (To give birth to a baby)

My grandmother had all her babies at home.

  • A backache

My father has a backache so he couldn’t sleep well.

  • A bath

I can’t remember the last time I had a bath

  • A bite

Can I have a bite of your hot dog?

  • A break

Let’s have a break when you finish this exercise

  • A business trip

My dad has a business trip so we could not visit our grandmother together

  • A busy day

I have a busy day.

  • A conversation/chat

Can we have a conversation before we make any decision?

  • A cup of tea/ coffee

Would you like to have a cup of tea/coffee

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3. Collocations with MAKE

  • Make a mess

Eg: If rich kids make a mess, their servants tidy things up again.

  • Make a mistake

Eg: Whenever we make mistakes, our teacher corrects them for us.

  • Make a note (of)

Eg: I’d better make a note of that, or I might forget.

  • Make a reservation

Eg: Shall I make a reservation for 8 o’clock at that Japanese restaurant?

  • Make a takeover bid

Eg: The company made a takeover bid for one of its rivals.

  • Make an appearance

Eg: We waited forthirty minutes for the professor to make an appearance,then we went home.

  • Make an effort

Eg: You can’t learn a language without making an effort…

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4. Collocations with GIVE

  • A call (a ring, a buzz)

E.g. Give me a call when you get back from your trip.

  • A chance

E.g. He gave me a chance and I took it gladly.

  • A choice

E.g. I was given no choice; I had to go to the boring lecture.

  • A damn

E.g. She doesn’t give a damn about her job.

  • A hand

E.g. Can I give you a hand with those bags?

  • A headache

E.g. That loud music is giving me a headache.

  • A hug or kiss

E.g. Come here and give me a kiss!

  • A lecture or speech or performance

E.g. The president will give a long speech…

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5. Collocations with DO

  • A course

E.g. We’re doing a course at the local university.

  • A deal

E.g. Have you done any deals with distributors in Asia yet?

  • A favour

E.g. Can you do me a favour?

  • A good/great/terrible job

E.g. You’ve done a good job cleaning the house!

  • A report

E.g. I’m doing a report on the history of American foreign policy.

  • Badly

E.g. Everyone did badly on the test – the highest grade was 68…

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