Phrasal Verbs – Advice or Warnings

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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!


COME ON – when you want to encourage sb or to make sb move quickly (vamos!)

Come on, you’ll be fine, don’t worry! / Come on, we’re going to be late!

GIVE UP – to stop doing something you used to (desistir, parar de fazer algo)

She gave up smoking some years ago.

KEEP FROM – to stop something from happening (evitar fazer algo)

My dad kept me from going to the concert.

KEEP OUT – to stop sb from entering a place (manter fora)

Security guards always keep intruders out of the parties.

LOOK DOWN – to lower your eyes to see what is below (olhar para baixo)

He looked down the cliff and changed his mind about jumping from it.

LOOK OUT – to warn someone about any danger (olha!)

Look out! The road has a big hole!

MESS UP – to spoil something or do badly (estragar tudo)

The rain messed up with our weekend plans.

PULL OVER – to move a vehicle to the side of the road (encostar o carro)

The police officer asked him to pull over.

RUN TO – to have recourse to (correr para alguém)

He always runs to his parents when people make fun of him.

SETTLE DOWN – to calm down, get quiet and calm (acalmar-se)

They finally settled down after years of fighting.

STEP UP – to increase, present yourself, volunteer (aumentar, intensificar, apresentar-se, voluntariar-se)

He stepped up as a volunteer.

STICK TO – to remain loyal to (permanecer fiel a, acatar)

I think you should stick to his recommendations if you want to get a promotion.

STICK WITH – to remain loyal to, continue (continuar, manter, insistir)

If I stick with this diet, I will fit in my favorite clothes.

TRY FOR – to attempt to attain (tentar algo)

He wanted to try for a Bachelor’s degree.

TURN TO – to seek help from sb (recorrer a, apelar para)

Don’t turn to him for help, he can’t be trusted.

WATCH OUT – to be vigilant or careful (ter cuidado, prestar atenção)

When you drive in winter you have to watch out for the icy roads.



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