Why Add "UP" to Verbs?
In this episode, we’ll be talking about some patterns you can remember when adding UP to verbs.
Here are some examples: cloud up, clear up, finish up, drink up, break up
One of the Level Up Members recently asked about the difficult part of phrasal verbs where we add ‘up’ to a verb and why we do this. I decided to make an entire episode about it because it’s not an easy thing to get your head around. Part 1 was Episode 224.
I decided to stop the episode halfway because 1 hour of listing phrasal verbs might be a tad boring. So let’s finish up the patterns in today’s episode.
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5 Grammar Patterns for 'Up'
To see the first 4 patterns, look for part 1 here: 4 Grammar Patterns for UP Part 1
Use 5: To Create Something
- Set up – to create something for a specific purpose
- Dream up – to creatively think of an idea or solution
- Draw up – to create a drawing
- Cook up – to create a meal
- Write up – to write something yourself (with creativity)
Use 6: To Divide into Pieces
- Cut up – to cut into pieces
- Break up. Split up – to end a relationship and the couple is divided
- Rip up – to break paper or fabric into pieces
- Chew up – to break something into pieces with teeth
Use 7: To Block Something
- To plug up – to block something (with a plug)
- To clog up – to get blocked (often for toilets)
- To block up – to block something (eg. a sink)
Use 8: To Join Together
- Join up – to join into a group
- Team up – to join as a team (eg. in sports)
- Partner up – to join with another person in a two-person group
Use 9: To Stop
- Give up – to stop trying
- Play up – to stop working (eg. technology)
- Hold up – to stop (eg. moving)
Can you think of any more examples for these 5 uses?
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