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Dennis Oliver's Phrasal Verbs: T
take after (inseparable): resemble; favor (in appearance).
Note: used for people.
"Both my sister and I take after our father."
take / bring back (separable): return.
"This book is due tomorrow. I guess I should
take it back to the library."
"Yes, you can borrow my pen, but don't forget to bring it
back to me when you're finished."
take care of (1. inseparable): provide care for; watch
"Lois has been taking care of her father since
he returned home from the hospital."
"You've been working too hard lately. You'd better take care
take care of (2. ineparable): make arrangements (for
something to happen); take responsibility for.
"Will you take care of making reservations for
our flight to Boston?"
take off (1. separable): remove (something you're wearing).
"Please take your hat off when you go
inside a building."
take off (2. no object): leave; depart (often suddenly or
"Was something wrong with Jill? She took off
without saying goodbye."
"When does your plane take off?"
take off (3. separable): make arrangements to be absent
"Susan isn't here today. She's taking today and
take up (separable): begin (a hobby or leisure-time
A: "Do you like to ski?"
B: "I've never been skiing, but I think I'd like to take it
tell (someone) off (separable): speak to someone
bluntly and negatively, saying exactly what she/he did wrong.
"Julie was really angry at Bob; she told him
off in front of all of us."
tick off (1. separable): irritate someone; make someone
upset or angry.
"It really ticks her off when someone is
late for an appointment."
tick off (2. separable): show that something has been
completed by putting a tick (check) beside it.
"Here are the things you need to do. Tick each
one off when you finish it."
throw away (separable): discard; put in the garbage.
"You shouldn't throw those newspapers
away; they're recyclable."
throw out (1. separable): discard; put in the garbage.
"This food smells bad. You'd better throw it
throw out (2. separable): forcibly make someone leave
(usually because of bad behavior).
"Those people are drunk and making everyone
uncomfortable. The manager should throw them out."
throw up (usually no object; with an object, separable):
"Paul was so nervous about his job interview that he
threw up just before he left for it."
try on (separable): wear something briefly to check its
fit, how it looks, etc.
"I'm not sure that jacket is large enough. May I
try it on?"
try out (separable): use a machine briefly to determine how
well it works.
"I really like the way this car looks. May I
try it out?"
try out (for) (inseparable): try to win a place on a team
or other organization.
"I know you want to be on the football team. Are you
going to try out?"
"If you like to sing, you should try out for the choir.
turn around (1. usually no object): move so that you are
facing the opposite direction.
"Everyone turned around and stared when I
entered the meeting late."
turn around (2. separable): move so that someone /
something is facing the opposite direction.
"I don't want this chair facing the window. Will you
help me turn it around?"
turn around (3. separable): make changes so that something
that was unprofitable is profitable.
"The company was doing poorly until it hired a new
president. He turned it around in about six months and
now it's doing quite well."
turn down (1. separable): decrease the volume.
"Your music is giving me a headache! Please
turn it down or use your headphones!"
turn down (2. separable): refuse.
"I thought I could borrow some money from Joe, but
when I asked, he turned me down."
turn in (1. separable): give / deliver / submit to someone.
"I've written my report, but I haven't turned
turn in (2. no object): go to bed.
"I'm pretty tired. I guess I'll turn in."
turn in (3. separable): report or deliver wrongdoers to the
"Two days after the robbery, the thieves turned
turn off (1. separable): stop by turning a handle or
"I'm cold. Do you mind if I turn the air
turn off (2. separable): bore; repel (very informal).
"That music turns me off. Please play
turn on (1. separable): start by turning a handle or
"It's cold in here. I'm going to turn the
turn on (2. separable): interest very much; excite (very
"What kind of music turns you on?"
turn up (1. separable): increase the volume.
"I can barely hear the TV. Can you turn it
up a little?"
turn up (2. no object): appear unexpectedly.
"We were all surprised when Pam turned up at
the party. We didn't even know she was in town."