The first part in a series of videos on how to use “get”. This small but very important verb is used in so many different ways that it can be confusing for learners of English. However, to speak fluently you must be able to use “get”. It doesn’t sound natural if you only use Latinate words like “obtain”, “purchase” “receive” or “arrive”. Native speakers substitute “get” for all of these words as you will discover in these videos.
to look forward : to anticipate something with pleasure.
to get along with (or to get on with): to have a good relationship with somebody
to put up with: to tolerate something unpleasant
to give something up: to stop doing something, to abandon something (because it was too difficult)
to put off: to push back in time/postpone
English vocabulary is a mixture of simple verb-preposition phrases and more intellectual Latin words. French speakers can easily recognise Latin words, and use them in their conversations. But the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ way of saying things is more difficult. Remember that generally, short word combinations are more informal and friendly, and that if you use only words of latin origin, you may give the impression of being a little ‘pompous’ or ‘pretentious’!
Try to find the Latin word that has a similar meaning to each of the phrasal verbs given.
set up conduct/perform
carry out reverse
get better improve/ameliorate
back up establish
drop in (on) visit
get it decelerate
slow down abandon
give up comprehend
carry on exclude
carry out continue
make fun of ridicule/mock
leave out perform/conduct
look up calculate
turn down interrupt
work out refuse
butt in consult
speed up penetrate
break into tolerate
put up with accelerate
throw up vomit
Some phrasal verbs have many meanings. ‘To make up’ can be:
1. to invent or story, or say something that is not true.
2. to put on makeup (maquiller)
3. to reconcile – become friends again after an argument
Watch the video for the pronunciation, then choose what the correct meaning of ‘make up’ is in the following sentences:
Paul gives some examples of inseparable verb phrases. If it’s inseparable, that means that it is not possible to divide the verb and the preposition and put the subject in the middle.
In the video, we have an example:
the teacher went over the assignment (le prof a traité / a vu le devoir)
It is not possible to say *the teacher went
the assignment over”