Welcome English Learners. It’s week three of our phrasal verb lessons. Just like in the first two lessons we will learn three more phrasal verbs. I will give you definitions and example sentences, and you will practice these phrasal verbs every day this week.
Ways to Use Your New Phrasal Verbs
Here are some ways that you can and should practice these phrasal verbs
- Use them in a conversation. This could be in class, or on the street, (if you live in an English speaking country).
- Try them out on a friend who is also learning English
- Write them in a sentence. You can post your sentence here in the comment section and I’ll correct what I can.
- Google the phrase to see how other people use it.
Just use the phrases every day, in whatever way you can.
This week’s phrasal verbs are sweep along/swept along/swept up, pull ahead, bring up
sweep along/swept along/swept up means that someone is being caught up in something, or moved by something. This can happen emotionally, or physically. When someone is swept away emotionally, it means that someone is greatly affected emotionally by something. For example if someone is at a wedding, and someone gives a moving toast, a person may become so swept up that they cry.
- I didn’t realize how swept up I was by the bride’s father’s toast about how he felt like he was gaining the son that he never had, until I realized I was crying.
That emotion could include anger, sadness, joy, or inspiration.
- Once again, being swept up in anger he lashed out and said things he didn’t mean.
Swept along or swept up, can also refer to something being physically moved. Usually when this happens something is being moved in water. For example a boat can be swept along by a strong current.
- The little girl watched with tears in her eyes as her doll was swept up and carries out to the ocean.
This phrasal verb can also refer to someone getting caught up or very involved in a story or situation. This story may or may not be a lie or a trick. For example, someone may get over involved in a friend’s problem. In this case someone would be emotionally involved in their friend’s situation. This would usually lead to strong emotional feelings. The emotional situation can be something positive or negative.
As earlier stated someone may get swept along by a lie or trick. For example a con artist may tell a very compelling sob story about needing help. A person may get so swept up in the story that isn’t true that it causes them to do something for the con artist, or give something to the con artists, that they wouldn’t usually do or give.
- I can’t believe I got so swept along by that liars story.
Pull ahead means to take the lead. For example, let’s say two teams are playing a football match and the score is tied at 1. If one team scores a goal, then that team has pulled ahead. They have taken the lead in the game.
- It was so exciting to watch our team be able to pull ahead at the end of the game.
Pull ahead can also mean to get in front of someone or something. This is often used when talking about cars.
- Why don’t you pull ahead of me, and I’ll follow you.
Bring up means to mention or say something. This is usually something that someone had planned to say. It could be something positive or negative.
- I don’t want to upset you, but I feel like I have to bring up what happened last week.
It can also refer to reminding someone of something. The memory can be positive or negative.
- Seeing my old elementary school brought up feelings of playing with my friends on the playground.
Bring up can also mean to take care of or to raise a child.
- He was brought up by his grandmother.
It can also refer to how or where someone was raised.
- I was brought up in the suburbs.
- They were brought up on junk food.
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