Phrasal verbs with " A "

Abide by: Accept or follow a decision or rule.

Example: We have to ABIDE BY what the court says.



Account for: To explain.

Example: They had to ACCOUNT FOR all the money that had gone missing.


Ache for: Want something or someone a lot.

Example: My partner's been away for a fortnight- I am ACHING FOR her.


Act on: To take action because of something like information received.

Example: The police were ACTING ON a tip from an informer and caught the gang redhanded.


Act on: Affect.

Example:The medicine only ACTS ON infected tissue.


Act out: Perform something with actions and gestures.

Example: They ACTED OUT the story on stage.


Act out: Express an emotion in your behaviour.

Example: Their anger is ACTED OUT in their antisocial behaviour.


Act up: Behave badly or strangely.

Example: My computer's ACTING UP; I think I might have a virus.


Act upon: To take action because of something like information received.

Example: The police were ACTING UPON a tipoff.


Act upon: Affect.

Example: The enzyme ACTS UPON certain proteins.


Add on: Include in a calculation.

Example: You have to ADD the VAT ON to the price they give.


Add up: To make a mathematical total.

Example: We ADDED UP the bill to check it was correct.


Add up: Be a satisfactory explanantion for something.    

Example: She explained why the work wasn't ready, but her story doesn't ADD UP.


Add up: to Have a certain result.     

Example: Trains delays are getting worse and with the high fares, it all ADDS UP TO misery for the commuters.


Add up: to Come to a certain amount or figure.

Example: The total costs ADD UP TO several million euros.


Agree with: Affect- usually used in the negative to show that something has had a negative effect, especially is it makes you feel bad.

Example: I feel terrible- that food didn't AGREE WITH my stomach.


Aim at: To target. The magazine is AIMED AT teenagers. Aim at Intend to achieve.

Example: They're AIMING AT reducing costs by ten percent.


Allow for: Include something in a plan or calculation.

Example: You should ALLOW FOR delays when planning a journey.


Allow of: Make possible, permit.

Example: The rules don't ALLOW OF any exceptions.


Angle for: Try to get something indirectly, by hinting or suggesting.

Example: He's been ANGLING FOR an invitation,but I don't want him to come.


Answer back: To reply rudely to someone in authority.

Example: Her mother was shocked when she started back ANSWERING her BACK and refusing to help.


Answer for: Be held responsible for a problem.

Example: The government should be made to ANSWER FOR their failure to sort out the problem.


Answer for: Speak on behalf of someone or from knowing them.

Example: I can ANSWER FOR my partner because I know her position on this issue.


Argue down: Beat someone in a debate, discussion or argument.

Example: The teacher tried to ARGUE the girl DOWN, but she couldn't.


Argue down: Persuade someone to drop the price of something they're selling.

Example: She ARGUED him DOWN ten percent.


Argue down: Try to persuade people not to accept a proposition, motion, etc.
Example: They tried to ARGUE DOWN the proposal.


Argue out:  Argue about a problem to find a solution.

Example: If we can't ARGUE our differences OUT, we'll have to take them to court.


Ask about: Ask how someone is doing, especially professionally and in terms of health.

Example: He ASKED ABOUT my father.


Ask after: Enquire about someone's health, how life is going.
Example: Jenny rang earlier and ASKED AFTER you, so I told her you were fine.


Ask around: Ask a number of people for information of help.
Example: I have no idea, but I'll ASK AROUND at work and see if anyone can help.


Ask around:  Invite someone.

Example: We ASKED them AROUND for dinner.


Ask for: To provoke a negative reaction.

Example: You're ASKING FOR trouble.


Ask for: Request to have or be given.

Example: I ASKED FOR the menu.


Ask in: To invite somebody into your house.

Example: 'Jon's at the door.' 'ASK him IN.'


Ask out: To invite someone for a date.

Example: He wanted to ASK her OUT but was too shy.


Ask over: Invite.

Example: They have ASKED us OVER for drinks on Friday.


Ask round: Invite someone.

Example: We ASKED John ROUND for diner.


Auction off: Sell something in an auction.

Example: They AUCTIONED OFF their property as they were heavily in debt.


Last modified on Суббота, 19 Октябрь 2013 10:45

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