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Phrasal verbs (Germanic) and intellectual words (French – Latin)

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.
1
set up              conduct/perform
carry out       reverse
get better      improve/ameliorate
back up          establish
2
drop in (on)     visit
get it                   decelerate
slow down        abandon
give up              comprehend
3
carry on          exclude
carry out        continue
make fun of    ridicule/mock
leave out        perform/conduct
4
look up            calculate
turn down      interrupt
work out         refuse
butt in             consult
5
speed up         penetrate
break into      tolerate
put up with    accelerate
throw up         vomit

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