Monday, April 25, 2011

Pearson Brown English Lesson - Phrasal Verb "give"

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.


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