Verbs Phrasal verbs with "give"

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give away something or give something away to give something to someone without asking for payment

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I gave away my old pans to a friend who's just set up home. [often + to] We're giving away free shampoo samples as a promotion.

give somebody away to do something by accident that lets someone know something about yourself that you were trying to keep secret

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His voice seems quite calm but his trembling hands give him away. You give yourself away by trying too hard to seem cheerful. [often reflexive]

give away somebody or give somebody away to formally bring a bride a woman who is getting married to her husband at the front of the church and give permission for her to marry

The bride's father usually gives her away.

give away somebody or give somebody away (British & Australian)
to give a baby to someone else so that they can look after that child as their own until he or she is an adult

Her first child, born when she was 17, was given away at birth.

give in to finally agree to what someone wants after a period when you refuse to agree

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He nagged me so much to buy him a new bike that eventually I just gave in. The government cannot be seen to give in to terrorists' demands. [often + to]

to accept that you have been defeated and agree to stop competing or fighting

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She knew she'd lost the argument but she wouldn't give in. You'll never guess the answer. Do you give in?

give in something or give something in to give a piece of written work or a document to someone for them to read, judge, or deal with

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Have you given in your essay yet? We want to get 5000 signatures before we give the petition in.

give in to something if you give in to an emotion or desire, you stop trying not to feel it and you allow your actions to be controlled by that emotion or desire

Certainly he felt the pull of self-pity, but he never once gave in to it.


I've been craving chocolate all morning but I refuse to give in to it.

give out if a supply of something gives out, it finishes and there is none left

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The food supplies will give out by the end of the week. Eventually my patience gave out and I shouted at her.

give out
if something gives out, it stops working because it is old, damaged, or has been used too much

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It was on the twenty-first mile that my legs gave out. I'll stop speaking now because I think my voice is about to give out. The car's at the garage - the clutch has finally given out.

give out
if a road or path gives out, it ends at a particular place

The trail gave out half way around the lake.

give out something ( LITERARY) to make a sound

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He gave out a low moan. Suddenly she gave out a loud scream and clutched at me.

give out something
to produce light, heat, or a gas

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Is that radiator giving out any heat? Fluorescent lamps give out a brighter light for the same amount of electricity.

give out something or give something out to give something to a large number of people

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I've said I'll give out leaflets for them in town. One of the government's proposals is to give out condoms in high schools.

give out something or give something out
to tell people information

The winners' names were given out on the radio last night. [usually passive]


Phrasal Verbs with GET
Below we have a list of Phrasal verbs that begin with GET and then an explanation of each one with some examples • Get across • Get along • Get on with • Get around • Get at • Get away • Get down • Get down to • Get over This is not a complete list. We will add more Phrasal Verbs with GET when we can. Get across = to communicate. = to make someone understand something. (Especially if the details are too difficult to understand or if the person being explained to understands poorly). • Although I couldn't speak the language, I managed to get my meaning across when necessary. • Your meaning didn't really get across. • He's not very good at getting his idea across. Get along - Get on with = to have a good / friendly relationship with someone. (get on is used more in Britain) • Even though there are six of them sharing the house, they all get on well with each other. • He doesn't get along well with his mother-in-law. • Our new boss is very easy to get on with. Get around 1. = to become known. To spread or to circulate. If news or information gets around, people tell other people, so that soon many people know about it. • It's a small place, so news and gossip get around pretty quickly. • The news of his arrest got around quickly. • News soon got around that Matthew was back in town. 2. = to find a way of avoiding a difficult or unpleasant situation, so that you don't have to deal with it. • There is no way of getting around it - you are going to have to tell her the truth. • Isn't there any way of getting around the regulations? Get at 1. = to reach, to access to something. 3

The cupboard is too high for me to get at. The report is locked in the cabinet and I can't get at them. 2. = to suggest something indirectly, to imply. (used only in the continuous tense) • What exactly are you getting at? (=trying to say, suggest)
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Get away 1. = to go away from someone or something • Get away from me! • Get away from that cake! • It was so busy that Francisca couldn't get away from the phone all day. 2. = to escape from someone who is chasing you. • They tried to get away from the police but they weren't quick enough. 3. = to have a holiday. • We hope to get away for a couple of weeks around Christmas. Get down 1. = to cause someone to be depressed. • This weather is getting me down • Don't let these problems get you down too much. Get down to 1. = to reach the point of dealing with something. 2. = to begin to work on something seriously. To give serious attention to something. 3. = to finally start doing something, after you have been avoiding it or after something has prevented you from doing it. • Now, let's get down to business • It's time I got down to some serious work. • Once it is Summer, we will get down to painting the house. Get over 1. = to recover from something or return to your usual state of health or happiness. • I thought he would never get over her illness. • It took her a long time to get over their separation. • He never got over the shock of losing his wife. 2. = to overcome or deal with or gain control of something. • She can't get over her shyness. Can't get over 1. = to be amazed or surprised by something. • I can't get over how much your kids have grown. The following grammar notes show the difference uses (and word order) of Very, Too and Enough. VERY and TOO + adjective 1. The exam is very difficult, but Jim can complete it. 2. The exam is too difficult. Jim can't complete it. 4

Very difficult = it is difficult but possible for Jim to complete the exam. Too difficult = It is impossible for Jim to complete the exam. Remember that Too implies a negative result. TOO + adjective + infinitive Alex couldn't play basketball because he was too short. Alex was too short to play basketball. We are too tired to go to the gym. Mary was too ill to finish her food. TOO + adjective + for (someone) + infinitive I can't walk to Valparaiso because it is too far. Valparaiso is too far for me to walk. It is too late for me to go out. The soup is too cold for Tim to eat. The price of the ticket is too expensive for Mike to fly to Europe. ENOUGH + noun Enough (pronounced "enuf") There was sufficient food for everybody at the party. There was enough food for everybody at the party. I had enough money to pay for dinner with my girlfriend. Is there enough time to finish the test? Adjective + ENOUGH Everybody notices her because she is very pretty. She is pretty enough for everybody to notice her. My friend lives close enough to my house to walk. Last summer it was hot enough to go swimming every day. ENOUGH + infinitive When she lost her dog, it was enough to make her cry. He was sick enough to stay home from work today. I arrived at the airport early enough to make my flight to New York.

Too vs. Enough
Question: Pedro, can you put this piano in your pocket, please? Answer: No, I can’t. Question: Why not? Answer: Because it’s too big for my pocket. Question: Pedro, can you put this piano in your pocket, please? Answer: No, I can’t. Question: Why not? Answer: Because my pocket is too small for the piano. Question: Pedro, can you put this piano in your pocket, please? Answer: No, I can’t. Question: Why not? Answer:Because my pocket isn’t big enough to accommodate the piano. Question: Pedro, can you put this piano in your pocket, please? Answer: No, I can’t.


Question: Why not? Answer: Because the piano isn’t small enough to fit in my pocket. Too = demasiado (precede adjetivos o adverbios) Si se trata de sustantivos: too much + singular or too many + plural. ------------------------------(I have too much flour) (I have too many flowers) Enough = bastante, lo suficiente, lo suficientemente “Enough” va delante de los sustantivos y después de los adjetivos o adverbios. I don’t have enough money. -----------------------(noun) I’m not rich enough. ------------(adjective) I don’t have enough money to buy a Rolls Royce. I’m not rich enough. A Rolls Royce is simply too expensive for my budget. It costs too much and if I bought it, I would have too many financial problems. TML


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