Phrasal Verb: Grow

Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over phrasal verbs with grow. 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

grow apart /
grow away from
to stop having close relationship
The couple were very close at first, but eventually they grew apart.
We expect our children to grow away from us.  

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
grow back to grow again
When you go bald, your hair will never grow back again.
The leaves will grow back in a month or so.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
grow into something to grow to fit large clothes
Joe will grow into his clothes when he gets older.
Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
grow into [for a child] to develop into a particular type of person
Joe will grow into his clothes when he gets older.
The child grew into a tall, powerful athlete.  

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
grow on somebody to like something that you didn’t like before
Abdul never liked pizza, but now it’s starting to grow on him.
Kenneth sort of grows on you after a while.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
grow out of something to become too big for your old clothes;  to stop a habit because they are older or wiser
Jim is growing fast. He will soon grow out of his clothes.
They thought I would grow out of my fear of spiders.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
grow up to gradually become an adult
Did you grow up in a large family?
All the children have grown up and the parents are left with a lot of debts.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
grow up on something to do or have something as a child
Jake grew up on cartoons and popcorn.
Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
grow old to age
I want to grow old together with you.
Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
growing pains the problems or difficulties of a new organization or activity
Even highly successful businesses will have experienced growing pains in the early days. 
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. Is there anyone who you were close with that you grew apart from?
  2. List things that can grow back (and things that do not grow back)
  3. Did your parents get you bigger clothes than what fit you?
  4. What do you want your kid to grow into?
  5. What did you not like as a kid that grew on you later?
  6. What did you grow out of as an adult?
  7. Explain how growing up feels like.
  8. What did you grow up on?
  9. Who do you want to grow old with?
  10. Explain growing pains you went through as a teenager.

Wrap-up

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

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