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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 attitudes 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!


BELIEVE IN – when you are sure something really exists / to support / to have confidence in something or someone (acreditar em)

Do you believe in ghosts? / I won’t give up on you because I believe in you.

GO FOR – to try to achieve something (tentar conseguir)

Go for it! I know you can do it!

LIVE UP TO – to be as good as (estar à altura de)

The film didn’t live up to my expectations.

LOOK AT – to watch / to direct attention to (olhar para, observar)

I tend to look at things differently from my parents.

LOOK UP TO – to respect or admire (respeitar, admirar)

She looks up to her sister.

OBJECT TO / OPPOSE TO – to disagree with / to oppose (discordar-se, opor-se, ser contra)

Local residents have objected to the plan. / We are opposed to plans to build more houses here.

PICK ON – to harass / to bully (implicar com, atazanar)

Maria complained that her teacher was picking on her.

PUT DOWN – to criticize / to make someone feel stupid / to speak ill of (falar mal de alguém, criticar, depreciar, denegrir)

I hate the way he puts down people in meetings.

PUT OFF – to discourage / to delay until later (desencorajar, desanimar, desmotivar)

The country’s high prices have put off many tourists.

PUT UP WITH – to tolerate (tolerar, aguentar)

I can’t put up with his behaviour.

SEE AS – to envisage / to imagine (imaginar, considerar)

He saw her as the perfect woman.

SETTLE FOR – to be content with (contentar-se com)

Don’t settle for this if it doesn’t make you happy.

SHOW OFF – to display proudly / to draw attention to (mostrar-se, ostentar-se, exibir-se)

He’s always showing off in his brand new car.

STAND FOR – to support / to represent (significar, representar, defender)

Our organization has always stood for individual liberty.

WALK OUT – to exit on foot / to leave / to abandon (sair, ir embora, abandonar)

Most of the audience walked out in the middle of the show.



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