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FREE Phrasal Verb Podcast Lessons 16 20

Lesson 16: Slip Up

Alternative: to make a mistake

Example 1:

  • Stay calm so you don’t slip up in the interview.
  • Stay calm so you don’t make a mistake in the interview.

Example 2:

  • I really slipped up with the way I asked for her phone number.
  • I really made a mistake with the way I asked for her phone number.

 

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Lesson 17: Back Down

Alternative: to leave a disagreement

Example 1:

  • He backed down from the disagreement because his wife was getting really upset.
  • He left the disagreement because his wife was getting really upset.

Example 2:

  • John doesn’t know when to back down, so he ends up in a lot of fistfights.
  • John doesn’t know when to leave a disagreement, so he ends up in a lot of fistfights.

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Lesson 18: Pan Out

Alternative: to have a good result

Example 1:

  • I studied all week I hope the test will pan out.
  • I studied all week, I hope I will have a good result on the test.

Example 2:

  • It seems like everything always pans out for Betty.
  • It seems like everything always has a good result for Betty.

 

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Lesson 19: Pass Out

Alternative: to be consciousness or fall asleep

Example 1:

  • Bob drank too much alcohol at the party and was passed out before 11.
  • Bob drank too much alcohol at the party and was unconscious before 11.

Example 2:

  • I was so tired after my long day at work that I passed out when I got home.
  • I was so tired after my long day at work that I fell asleep when I got home.

 

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Lesson 20: Hand Out (Separable)

Alternative: to distribute

Example 1:

  • Hand out all of the cookies until they are gone.
  • Hand all the cookies out until they are gone.
  • Distribute all of the cookies until they are gone.

Example 2:

  • The teacher handed out the tests to the students at the beginning of class.
  • The teacher handed the tests out to the students at the beginning of class.
  • The teacher distributed the tests to the students at the beginning of class.

 

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