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.
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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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Phrasal Verb: Ask

Warm-up

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

ask after someone to ask for information about how they are and what they are doing
Sue was asking after you. I told her you were fine.
He asked after my mother. He wanted to know how she was doing.
 

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask around to ask several people for help or information
I asked around to see if anyone knew someone who could rent me a room.
When I needed to buy a new car, I asked around and someone offered me this one.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask for to say that you want something
I asked for the chicken but you have brought me the beef.
I must remember to ask for a receipt so that I can get reimbursed.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask for someone to ask to speak to them.
He asked for Carol but there is no one working here called Carol.
If you need anything, ask for Henry. He’ll be able to help you.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask someone in to invite them into the room or your home.
If someone comes to the door, don’t ask them in.
Sometimes when I’m out in the garden, the neighbors ask me in for a drink.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask someone out to invite them to go somewhere with you.
He asked me out so I expected him to pay for dinner.
We often ask our friends out for a drink in the pub.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask someone over to invite them to come visit you in your home
I’ve asked Diane from across the road over for a cup of coffee later.
He asked me over to see what they had done in the garden.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
couldn’t ask for more Everything is fine, and there is no more that I could want.
Bill: Are you happy? Sue: I couldn’t ask for more.
Waiter: Is everything alright? Bill: Oh, yes, indeed. Couldn’t ask for more.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
doesn’t hurt to ask / never hurts to ask/ no harm in asking a phrase said when one asks a question, even when the answer is likely to be no
John: Can I take some of these papers home with me?
Jane: No, you can’t. You know that.
John: Well, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
ask for it /
ask for trouble
to risk or invite trouble, danger, punishment, etc., by persisting in some action or manner
He was asking for it with those abusive remarks he shared.
Walking around the streets alone at night was asking for trouble.

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. Ask after your tutor.
  2. When you travel, do you often ask around to plan your itinerary?
  3. If a genie could grant you a wish, what would you ask for?
  4. When you call home, who do you normally ask for?
  5. Have you ever visited someone who didn’t ask you in?
  6. Who was the last person you asked out? (or who asked you out?)
  7. If you could ask anyone over for a cup of tea, who would you invite?
  8. Are you happy studying English on Cambly? Are you comfortable?
  9. “It never hurts to ask.” Do you agree?
  10. Do you know anyone who is always asking for trouble?

Wrap-up

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

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Phrasal Verb: Break

Warm-up

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

Break away To become separate; to escape; to run away
I tried to break away from him, but he was holding me too tight.
He found it hard to break away from his mother.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break down To fail to work or prove to be useless; to become weak through overwork; to be overcome by emotions
My ancient car broke down on my way to work.
She broke down during the speech about the boy’s death.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break something down To break something down is to use force to get it down
They used an ax to break the door down.
They had to break down many social prejudices to manage to succeed.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break into To begin suddenly to do something; to interrupt or divide something
The fans broke into cheers as their team scored the winning shot.
Fanny’s low voice broke into Nancy’s pleasant thoughts.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break in To make something tame or comfortable by using it; to enter illegally
I just got these new shoes, but it will take time to break them in.
The protections on the building keep thieves from breaking in.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break something off  To separate, end, or stop suddenly
He broke a branch off the tree.
Alice has broken off her engagement to Peter.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break out Begin suddenly
Cholera has broken out in the city.
Wars can break out anytime.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break up  To fall apart or break to pieces; to end a romantic relationship
Please break up the crackers into smaller pieces if you want to feed the ducks.
We 
broke up in March, after a terrible  argument.
Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break someone’s heart To cause someone great disappointment or sorrow (to disappoint in love)
It breaks my heart to hear you are leaving me.
If the verdict is guilty, it will break her mother’s heart.

Now try to make a sentence using the expression.
Break bread To eat a meal, especially in companionable association with others.
There were several chances for politicians and celebrities to meet and break bread with each other.
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. Was it difficult when you broke away from your parents and became independent?
  2. Have you ever broken down in front of a lot of people?
  3. In your opinion, what complicated ideas need to be broken down?
  4. Have you ever broken into a building?
  5. Does your company have a system to break in new employees?
  6. What have you recently broken off?
  7. List a few things that can ‘break out’.
  8. When was the first time you broke up with your significant other?
  9. Has anyone broken your heart?
  10. Do you think it’s okay for politicians to break bread with businessmen frequently?

Wrap-up

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

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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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