Episode 30 – Phrasal Verb Turn Up


The phrasal verb turn up has a few different meanings and uses. Let’s learn this useful English vocabulary in today’s lesson.

Here are the example sentences

We use turn up to mean increase the volume or level. The opposite of turn up is turn down. Anything that has an up/down adjustment can be turned up or turned down.

  • Turn up the radio. I love this song.
  • Can you turn up the heat? It’s a little cold in here
  • If you turn up the gas on the stove, the water will boil faster.
  • I asked him twice to turn down the air conditioner, but it’s still cold in this room.

Turn up is also used to mean to arrive.

  • Brad turned up late for work and the boss was really angry.
  • I hope Jenny will come to the party. Everyone will be happy if she turns up.
  • I waited for Jack for over an hour, but he never turned up. I wonder what happened.

Lastly, turn upcan be used to mean “discover” or “result in” or “is found”

  • The police investigation turned up new clues about the murder.
  • I hope my lost wallet turns up at the reception desk.
  • Don’t worry about your cat. I am sure she will turn up soon.
Here are the answers to yesterday’s listening challenge questions
  • At a bar, Jack likes to talk to women.
  • When Jenny said, “got any plans for Friday?” she implied that she’d like Michael to be her new boyfriend!
Here is today’s listening challenge question
  • Why do people turn up the volume of their Mp3 players?

Please feel free to write your answers in the comment box below.

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Let It Go, Let Me Go, Let Him Go – English Phrasal Verb Lesson

Let It Go, Let Me Go, Let Him Go - English Phrasal Verb Lesson

There is a song from a very popular animation film with the title, “Let It Go.” To let something or someone go is a phrasal verb in English with a couple of different meanings and uses. For today’s free English lesson, let’s have a look at this now very popular phrasal verb!

In the film, the lead character has some magical abilities which she has had to suppress for a long time. At one point however, she finds herself far away from her kingdom, in a place that she can finally not worry about using her power. So, in this scene in the film, she realizes that she can let it go.

Let it go means to allow something/someone to be free or go free or escape.

  • The queen finally didn’t need to hide her power, so she let it go.
  • The millionaire was kidnapped, but they let him go after a few hours.
  • Johnny caught a frog in his back yard, but his mother told him to let it go.

Let it go also means to not react to a situation or something that was said:

  • The boss changed the vacation policy several times, and the employees complained each time. However, the last change was not so bad, so the employees let it go.
  • Your ex-girlfriend told you that you are cheap? Just let it go. Forget about her!
  • She said she hates my new haircut, but I let it go.

Let something go means to stop holding something

  • When the balloon is full of helium, tie a knot and let it go.
  • Hold this end of the rope and don’t let it go until I say “now!”
  • I held on to the dog when the guests came into the house and then let her go. She greeted everyone!

Let someone go means to dismiss an employee

  • Jack was let go when the company found out he was working part time for their competitor.
  • Because of a drop in sales, the company let ten people go.
  • Even though many tech firms are letting employees go, ABC company just hired twenty people.

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5 Phrasal Verbs Using Move – English Vocabulary Lesson

5 Phrasal Verbs Using Move - English Vocabulary Lesson

She’s moving out this weekend!

Move in means to start living in a new home or, in the case of a business, a new office:

  • Happy English moved in to this space three years ago.
  • Jack found a new apartment. He’s going to move in on May 1st.
  • You can move in once you pay the first month’s rent.

In a similar way, we use move in with to show that someone began sharing a home with another person:

  • Lori moved in with her boyfriend last summer.
  • Her parents didn’t agree with her moving in with him because they are not married.
  • Danny moved in with his brother when he left his wife.

The opposite of move in is move out, meaning to stop living or running a business in a place:

  • Serena said she wants to move out from her parent’s house after college.
  • If you don’t like your roommate that much, you should move out.
  • Jim’s company finally moved out of that old office building.

Move on means to progress from one situation to another.

  • After ten years in ABC Bank, Bob moved on to become the CEO of XYZ Bank.
  • I’ve stayed in this company for a long time without a promotion. I think its time to move on.
  • Joe acted in some musicals in New York before moving on to doing movies in Hollywood.

Move over means to change your position in order to provide space for another person. As well, move over can also be used for things:

  • Can you move over? I would like to sit on that bench too.
  • Why are you sitting on that side of the sofa? Move over next to me!
  • The flowers on the table are pretty, but can you please move them over? I can’t see everyone!

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