Phrasal Verbs – Discussions

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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!


AGREE WITH – to approve something. (concordar com algo)

I don‘t agree with his opinion.

BACK DOWN – to accept someone’s opinion even though you don’t want. (ceder)

If you explain your reasons, he will eventually back down.

BACK UP – to give evidence to prove that something is true or reasonable. (provar através de evidências)

You need some statistics to back you up.

BRING INTO – to ask someone to be part of a group or event or to bring a subject into discussion. (chamar alguém para a conversa ou sugerir um assunto para a discussão)

They brought the problem into the meeting.

COME DOWN TO – to be the most important part of a particular thing. (resumir-se a)

It all comes down to what kind of education you received.

GIVE IN – to accept or agree with something, even though you do not want. (ceder, abrir mão de algo)

He can say whatever he wants, I won’t give in.

GO BACK ON – if you do not go back on a promise or agreement, you do not do what you promised or agreed earlier. (quebrar com a palavra)

It wouldn’t be fair to go back on all those promises.

GO BACK TO – to start talking about something again. (voltar a)

Going back to what you said earlier, we simply don’t have enough budget for this.

GO INTO – to describe something in detail. (descrever detalhadamente)

We went into the matter with some detail.

INSIST ON – to ask someone to firmly to do something. (insistir em)

He insisted on paying for the meal.

LISTEN TO – to give attention to what someone says. (ouvir)

He never listens to his mother.

POINT OUT – to use your hand to show something or someone. (apontar para)

He pointed at the woman at the party.

STAND BY – to continue believing something is true. (continuar acreditando)

I said I couldn’t stand by that.

TALK INTO – to persuade someone to do something. (fazer a cabeça de alguém, convencer)

She talked me into buying this house.

TALK OUT OF – to persuade someone not to do something. (convencer alguém a não fazer algo)

I tried to talk him out of buying that expensive car.

WIN OVER – to persuade someone to support or agree with you. (convencer alguém)

She does everything to win people over.



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