Phrasal Verbs – Planning and Organizing

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Hi, everyone!

Here is another post about phrasal verbs.

Phrasal verbs are idiomatic phrases consisting of a verb and another element, typically an adverb or a preposition, or a combination of both. They are widely used by native speakers of English so it’s a good idea to try to learn some of them.

We’ll see some of the basic phrasal verbs to describe communication in this post. I’m sure you’ve already heard some or maybe all of them and will be able to understand the meaning by the context, so here we go!


AIM AT – to hope to achieve something. (ter como objetivo)

He aims at being famous one day.

COUNT ON – to expect something to happen. (contar com)

I count on you to help me on this project.

END UP – to arrive somewhere even though you did not originally intend to be. (acabar acontecendo)

He ended up being hired by the company after the interview.

FIT IN – to manage to find a time for a person or a task. (encaixar)

The doctor told me he will try to fit me in his schedule for tomorrow.

FOLLOW UP – to try to find out more about something. (acompanhar)

Please click on our website to follow up the news about this event.

GO ABOUT – to start to deal with a task or a problem. (enfrentar, comporta-se diante de uma situação)

You should always go about your business in a professional manner.

LINE UP – to arrange an event or activity to be ready. (alinhar, colocar na fila)

I had plenty of questions lined up for him.

PLAN FOR – to make plans or arrangements. (planejar algo para)

He always planned everything for this special moment.

PULL OFF – to succeed in doing something difficult. (ter êxito)

The spy was able to pull off his mission without being discovered.

RULE OUT – to consider something impossible or unsuitable. (descartar)

The possibility of suicide was ruled out based on the evidences collected at the crime scene.

RUN INTO – to experience some situation, problem or difficulties. (passar por)

He has been running into some financial difficulties since he lost his job.

SET OUT – to intend and begin to do something. (começar, partir para)

He set out his journey around the world last summer.

START ON – to begin doing something. (começar)

You clean the kitchen while I start on the washroom.

TURN OUT – to happen in a particular way. (virar, acabar sendo)

The party turned out to be a huge event.

WIND UP – when an activity or event ends. (encerrar, acabar)

Time to wind up this meeting and go for lunch!


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