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English Phrasal Verbs with Multiple Meanings

Download the text (PDF) Phrasal verbs in English can be confusing because not only are they very similar to each other (take off, take out, take away, take over, etc.) but also each phrasal verb can have two, three, four, or more definitions. Look at the example of take off: In today’s class, you’ll learn [...]

10 English Phrasal Verbs with TURN

Change direction and go/look the other way: (while driving) "We're going the wrong way. We need to turn around." Can also describe when a failing company/project/process starts to become successful: "The new director was able to turn the school around - it went from being the worst school in the area to one of the [...]

10 English Phrases for Good and Bad Luck

Say these when you want to wish/desire someone good luck, good results; you hope they will succeed. "I'm taking my driving test tomorrow." "Good luck!" "I'm starting my own company." "Wow! Best of luck with that!" Note: You can also use "Good luck" in a sarcastic way to mean that something is difficult or almost impossible: "I'm [...]

14 English Words with 4 Forms

Many English words have multiple forms - a noun form, verb form, adjective form, and adverb form. Not all words have ALL the forms, but here are 14 words that do. Make sure to read the example sentences below the table, because there are some slight differences in meaning! NOUN VERB ADJECTIVE ADVERB beauty beautify [...]

10 Confusing English Words with OVER

Take over or Overtake? Take over is a phrasal verb and it is used when one company/country takes control of another. The noun form is takeover. During World War II, Hitler's army took over many territories in Europe. Overtake is a verb that means to catch up and get ahead. For example, if you and [...]