Phrasal Verb: Show

Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over phrasal verbs with show. First, go over the following expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Show up to attend something or arrive somewhere
Very few showed up to the meeting.
I feel restless when I have to wait too long for my friend to show up.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Show around to take someone to a place to show them certain parts
The estate agent showed us around the house but we didn’t like it much.
Since you’re new here, I’ll get someone to show you around.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Show in to take someone into an office or other room
The secretary showed me in to speak to the manager.
When visitors come, I 
show them into the waiting lounge.
Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Show out to take someone to out of a room or building
Her secretary showed me out after the interview.
Ask someone in the office to show you out. 

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Show off to display ostentatiously
The executive constantly showed off his latest expensive purchases.
The parade was designed to show off all the latest weapons of war. 

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Make a show of to be ostentatious about; to give the impression of doing something
Whenever there are visitors, the bosses make a show of being nice to their employees.
He made a show of consulting a small notebook, even though he already knew it didn’t have the answer.
Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Run the show to control a business, situation, etc.; be in charge
My father runs the show in our house.
This business is such a mess! Who’s running this show anyway?

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Steal the show to usurp the credit or get the applause for something; to outshine others in a group
The lead actress does a fine job, but the child is the real show-stealer
All the singers were good, but 16-year-old Karine stole the show.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Stop the show to win such enthusiastic applause that a theatrical performance is temporarily interrupted.
Diane stopped the show with her rendition of ‘You Made Me Love You’.
Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Show of hands an indication of approval, disapproval, volunteering, etc., on the part of a group of persons, usually made by each assenting person raising his or her hand.
By a show of hands, how many of you would prefer to have the test on Friday?
Parliamentary leaders agreed to take all such decisions by a show of hands.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. When do you usually show up for events?
  2. Do you like showing people around your city?
  3. Who normally shows people in at your office?
  4. Does the same person show people out?
  5. What do you like to show off about yourself?
  6. Tell me a story of someone making a show of something.
  7. Who runs the show at your office?
  8. Have you ever stolen someone else’s show?
  9. Have you ever stopped a show with your performance? Do you know anyone who did?
  10. Do you ever vote with a show of hands? Where?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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