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Phrasal Verbs a-Z

Phrasal Verbs a-Z

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Grammar notes: phrasal verbs a-b
account forsomethingto explainto give an explanation for somethingWell, how do youaccount forthe fact that there's £20,000 missing? There'sa lot of moneynotaccounted for. addsomethingon(to) to include in a calculation or on a listIt'll cost more once you'veaddedthe VATon. Buying a house is very expensive after you'veadded onthe solicitor's costs. OK, so we need a printer, a scanner and a webcam. What about speakers?Addthemon tothe list as well. addsomethingupto total by addingadd upto be satisfactory when you think about itI'veaddedall my expensesupand you owe me £250. They say the company is very successful and there aren't any problems with staff, suppliers or customers. Butthey're selling it at a very low price. It just doesn'tadd up.back downto abandon your position in an argumentThe argument lasted for hours because neither of them wouldback down.Hebacked downwhen it became clear that nobody else supported him.back out(of something) to break an agreementto not do what you said you wouldThe two companies were going to merge, but one of thembacked outat the last minute.One companybacked out of the dealbecause of rumours about the other company's finances. backsomeone /somethingup to supportEveryonebackedhimupwhen he complained about the conditions at work. I'll listen to your complaints about the conditions at work when you have some evidence tobackthemup. Whenever you write a new report, remember tobackitupon CD.
 
back-up(noun)If you have problems with the new system, just phone our office and our staff will give you all theback-upyou need.You must have aback-upcopy in case anything goes wrong with the computer.be downto have decreasedto not be working (computers/phones)Salesare downby nearly 30%, so we'll have to start thinking about reducing the number of staff.The computersare downagain, so we can't get the plane tickets over the internet.The phoneswere downfor three days after the floods.be in onsomethingto know something that isn't common knowledgeto be involved in somethingThe takeover was a complete surprise to me.Wereyouin onit? Iwasn't in onthe planat the beginning, but then someone asked me to join. be off to not be at workShe's not here. She's off today. I think she's got a hospital appointment.That's the fourth time she'sbeen off this month.be out of somethingto not have any moreThe printer's out of inkagain. Have you got another cartridge? The machine's out of coffee. You'll have to have tea or chocolate. be upto have increasedProfitsare up60% this year, so we'll be able to pay a dividend.Saleswere upso much we had to employ extra staff.bosssomeonearoundto tell people what to do (often and needlessly)You'd think he owned the company the way hebosseseveryonearound. Stopbossingmearound! I've been working here longer than you have.
 
branch out(intosomething) to expand into new areasIf you want the company to grow, the business will have tobranch out intonew areas. We're involved in all areas of the hotel business now, but we started with a restaurant and thenbranched out.break downto stop workingbreaksomethingdown(by) to analyseto show separatelyWe must get a new photocopier. This one's alwaysbreaking down.I don't want a total figure. I wanteverythingbroken downby departments so I can see who's spending what. When youbreakthe figuresdownby category, you can see that most of our spending is on R&D. breakdown(noun)There was abreakdownon the tube this morning, so everyone got to work late.I want a completebreakdownof all those figures.bringsomethingforwardto arrange to have or do earlierNext week's meetinghas beenbrought forwardfrom Tuesday to Monday. We've decided tobringthe launch dateforwardto take advantage of the pre-Christmas increase in trading. bringsomethingoutto launch a productThey'rebringing outa new line of summer clothingnext month. That's not a new computer program,. Theybroughtthatoutyears ago. bringsomethingupto mentionWhobrought upthe question of wage risesin the meeting? Well, I was waiting for the manager tobringitup, but he didn't. So I had to. brushsomethingupto renew your knowledge of somethingEither the existing staff will have to go to evening classes tobrush uptheir Spanish, or we'll have to employ new staff who actually know the language.If youbrushyour languagesup, then that will help you get a better job.

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