12 Phrasal Verbs with ‘Off’

In this article your will learn the meaning of twelve phrasal verbs with ‘off’ that are commonly used in English.

1. Call off (something)
Meaning: postpone or cancel something
Example sentence: We had to call off the meeting with the new client.

2. Go off (something)
Meaning: explode or fire
Example sentence: The gun went off at the beginning of the race.

3. Lay off
Meaning: to stop doing something, give up, fired (someone) from work
Example sentence: My sister was laid off from her job.

4. Live off
Meaning: depend on something or something as a source of income or support
Example sentence: My little brother lives off my parents.

5. Make off
Meaning: leave quickly
Example sentence: The bank robbers made off with two million dollars.

6. Pay off (something)
Meaning: yield good results, succeed
Example sentence: My hard work has really paid off. I just graduated with honors and got offered a job.

7. Pull off (something)
Meaning: manage to make something happen
Example sentence: I can’t believe they were able to pull off such a big party in spite of the rain.

8. Put off (something)
Meaning: avoid, delay, postpone
Example sentence: We put off the picnic until tomorrow because it was raining.

9. Set off someone
Meaning: Make someone very mad or angry
Example sentence: Talking about politics always set my uncle off. He thinks the government wastes too much money.

10. Show off
Meaning: deliberate show or brag about one’s abilities or accomplishments
Example sentence: My friend likes to show off how much he knows about music.

11. Take off
Meaning: airplane becomes airborne OR someone quickly leaving
Example sentence: The police officer took off after the speeding car.

12. Write off (something)
Meaning: cancellation of a bad debt or asset
Example sentence: The bank wrote off three hundred delinquent accounts.

Mend, Repair or Fix? Confusing Words in English

Mend, Repair or Fix?

Mend: repair something that is broke or damaged, a repair in a material (usually used when talking about clothing or relationships)

Repair: to fix something that is damaged, renew, renovate or restore

Fix: mend, repair, improve or adapt something

Fix is the most common of the three words. When in doubt use the word ‘fix’.
Mend is rarely used in the United States. It is more commonly used in Great Britain.

Sentences with Mend:
1. My mom is going to mend my shirt.
2. Erica and Andrew are trying to mend their relationship.
3. Evelyn is mending her broken heart.

Sentences with Repair:
1. Ellen got her computer repaired. The screen was broken.
2. I am taking my car in for repairs. It doesn’t seem to be working right.
3. We need to repair the leaking pipe in the basement.

Sentences with Fix:
1. He is trying to fix the broken lamp.
2. Grandpa fixed the broken window last night.
3. My mom fixed the hole in my sock.

Fun or Funny: Confusing Words in English

Do you get the words fun and funny confused? Many people that are learning English use the words ‘fun’ and ‘funny’ incorrectly because they don’t understand the difference. Once you understand the difference you should be able to use them correctly. Below you will find the definitions of both words and example sentences.

Fun
Definition: Something or someone that is enjoyable or entertaining

Funny
Definition: Something or someone that makes you laugh or is humorous

Example Sentences

Fun:
1. I had a lot of fun at David’s birthday party.
2. Maria said she has fun when she visited her aunt.
3. The Peterson’s are such fun people.
4. The meeting at work was informative and fun.
5. The boy had fun playing the games he got for his birthday.
6. This is fun!

Funny:
1. The new Jim Carey movie is really funny.
2. The clown at the circus was funny. He knew lots of tricks.
3. My brother is a funny guy. He always makes me laugh.
4. James told me a funny joke.
5. Marisa told me a funny story about what happened to her at work.
6. That was so funny!

Negative Example Sentences with Fun and Funny

Fun:
1. I didn’t have fun at school today.
2. Kelsey never seems to have fun.
3. The party was so boring. No one had any fun.
4. It’s not fun to be sick.

Funny:
1. My professor thinks he is funny but he’s not.
2. The movie wasn’t funny though it was supposed to be a comedy.
3. That’s not funny! Stop it.
4. It wasn’t funny when I tripped and feel at work. I really hurt myself.

Can I use both words in the same sentence? Yes… but it is not very common.

Examples:
1. We had a lot of fun watching the funny movie.
2. Peter’s funny comedy routine ensured that everyone had a fun time at the comedy club.

You should now be able to tell the difference between the words fun and funny in the English language.

Talk vs. Speak: Commonly Confused Words in English

 

English language learners often confuse talk and speak. Below you will find common expressions with each verb; talk and speak and example sentences of each expression.  

 

Speak: (a little more formal)

1. speak to someone

Emily spoke to her boss about the upcoming presentation.

2. speak with someone

I have to speak with Mr. Adams about his delinquent account.

3. speak a language

I speak English and I am also learning to speak Spanish.

4. speak for someone

I would happy to speak for you in court next week.

5. speak up

Can you speak up? I can’t hear you. 

6. speak your mind

I need to speak my mind about what happened in the meeting yesterday.

7. speak out about something

Michelle speaks out about everything at work. She really hates change.

8. speak up for someone

If anyone says something bad about me at the meeting, I hope you speak up for me.

9. speak volumes

Her messy house and unkempt children speak volumes about what type of mother she is.

10. this speaks for itself

The facts speak for themselves. Jonathan is guilty of stealing the million dollars from his grandma.

 

 

Talk:

1. talk back

My sister is always talking back to my mom. She is typical teenager.

2. talk down to someone

The manager of the restaurant is always talking down to the kitchen staff.

3. talk the talk

Elizabeth just graduated from with her MBA last year. She has been really successful. She can sure talk the talk.

4. talk things over

I need to talk things over with my husband. I am not sure what his schedule looks like for next week.

5. talk tough

My teacher is always talking tough but she is not as tough as she seems.

6. talk away

We talked away the long car ride to visit my cousin in Ohio.

7. talk nonsense

My little brother is always talking nonsense. He wants everyone to pay attention to him all the time.  

8. talk big

Adam always talked big. He said he was going to be rich and famous but he never amounted to anything. 

You should now have a better understand of when to use ‘talk’ and ‘speak’ in English. Thank you for reading this post on English Tonight. Have you subscribed to our newsletter? You will get helpful updates and information about what’s going on with English Tonight 2-3 per month. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Phrasal Verb ‘Get Out’ in English

The Phrasal Verb ‘Get Out’ has many meanings in English. Usually phrasal verbs have one or two different meanings but ‘get out’ has many meanings.

Below you will find a list of different ways that you can use the phrasal verb ‘get out’ in English. There are also example sentences to help you further understand how to use this phrasal verb.

Phrasal Verb: ‘Get out’

1. Leave your house and socialize, hangout or spend free time with other people
• Mary never gets out. She is always taking care of her kids.
• I would love to get out and try the new restaurant downtown.
• I haven’t got out in a long time.

2. Leave a vehicle, like a car
• I got out at the end of the driveway.
• We got out near downtown and walked to dance club.
• Please stop the taxi! I need to get out right here.

3. Remove or take out an object from where it is
• She got out her suitcase in preparation for her trip to India.
• I got out the boxes of old clothes that were in the basement.
• My father got out the lawnmower and put gas in it.

4. Remove dirt or something unwanted (like a stain)
• I have to get out this spaghetti stain before it sets.
• Mary can’t get the stain out of her new shirt.
• I have the get out the dirt from my pants before it leaves a mark.

5. Leave or escape a place
• They got out before the fire destroyed their home.
• She got out from the car unharmed by the horrible accident.
• The dog got out from his kennel while I was at work.

6. When a secret or information comes out when people want to keep it information
• Somehow the secret about his affair got out.
• The information got out about what happened in the secret meeting.

7. Make available to the public or publish
• I have to get this project out before I leave today.
• The marketing department has to get out six advertising campaigns for the new clients.
• I have to get out the new volunteer calendar this week.

8. Say something when it is difficult
• Mary was so exhausted that she couldn’t even get out her words.
• The little girl was crying so hard that she could barely get out her words.

You should now have a better understanding of how the phrasal verb ‘get out’ can be used in English.

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