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
- Break down
- Call back
- Been around
Break down~ can mean to examine the different parts of something.
- This is a complex math problem, but let’s break it down into small parts that we can easily solve.
It can also refer to communication between two people or groups stopping.
- The negotiations may be over, there has been a break down in communication between the two companies.
This phrase can also mean that a machine has stopped working.
- The copier is constantly breaking down.
It can also mean to lose control of one’s emotions. This usually happens after a very difficult event and when someone is in a state of distress.
- She was crying hysterically, everyone was worried that she was having a break down.
Break down also refers to chemical components disintegrating or breaking apart.
- When you add heat to the solution, you can see the chemicals break down.
Call back ~ means to call someone again or in the case of an interview or audition, it is the request to see someone for a second time. This phrase is most often used by saying, “I’ll call you back”. This refers to calling someone again on the phone or other device that allows people to talk to each other.
In the case of auditions a call back list is a list of people that the director or producer wants to see again. Call backs are the actual second audition.
You can also ask a person to come back to you.
- I called John back to the office.
This sentence just means you asked John to come back to the office.
Been around ~ means that someone or a group of people have experience in something.
- He’s been around, so I feel comfortable with him running the group.
In this instance the person in the sentence has experience about something. It can also be used to refer to location.
- I’ve been around here before.
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