Let’s have a look at the verb ‘to give’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common expressions:
‘to give away’ means to give something for free, for no payment.
* In this issue of the magazine, they are giving away a free CD
* I gave away all my old clothes that were too small for me.
‘to give back’ means to return something borrowed.
* I still have your book at home. I must remember to give you it back.
* Every time he borrows money from me, he never gives it back.
‘to give in’ means to stop making an effort.
* You’re doing really well. Don’t give in now. Keep going.
* He has refused again and again. He’s not going to give in and change his mind.
‘to give out’ means to distribute.
* As people arrive, can you give out these questionnaires for them to fill in.
* He was giving out leaflets on the street.
‘to give out’ means to break down or stop working from tiredness or overuse
* It was a very old machine. It’s not surprising it has given out.
* My car finally gave out last week. I will have to buy a new one.
‘to give up’ means to stop doing something permanently.
* I haven’t had a cigarette for over a month. I have given up smoking.
* I have given up playing football. I’m too old for it.
‘to give up’ means to abandon or end, a search for example.
* The key is nowhere to be found. We have given up looking for it.
* I’ve given up waiting for him. He is not going to come so I’m going home.