Day 2 – Real Life English Boost – E-mail Series

Today we are going to look at 5 common phrasal verbs we use when we talk about daily routine.

but first..


What is a Phrasal verb?

A phrasal verb is an idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element, typically either an adverb, as in break down, or a preposition, for example see to, or a combination of both, such as look down on.

We use phrasal verbs all the time in our daily life. You may even be using them without realizing it.

The BEST way to learn phrasal verbs is THROUGH CONTEXT and of course with a lot of practice.


Let’s look at these phrasal verbs:

wake up, get out of bed, dress up, freshen up, put on

 

1. Wake up:

Definition: To stop sleeping and become conscious or alert.

Example sentences:

– I usually wake up at 7 a.m. on weekdays.

– The loud noise outside woke me up in the middle of the night.

– She set multiple alarms to ensure she wakes up on time for the early meeting.

 

2. Get out of bed:

Definition: To physically leave the bed and start the day.

Example sentences:

– It’s always difficult for me to get out of bed on cold winter mornings.

– He got out of bed feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

– She reluctantly got out of bed when her alarm went off.

 

3. Dress up:

Definition: To wear formal or special clothes for a particular occasion.

Example sentences:

– They dressed up in their finest attire for the wedding ceremony.

– She likes to dress up and wear elegant dresses to social events.

– He decided to dress up as a superhero for the costume party.

 

4. Freshen up:

Definition: To make oneself clean, neat, or presentable, often by washing or grooming.

Example sentences:

– After a long flight, she freshened up by taking a shower at the hotel.

– He freshened up his appearance by combing his hair and applying cologne.

– Before the important meeting, she went to the restroom to freshen up her makeup.

 

5. Put on:

Definition: To dress oneself by wearing clothes or accessories.

Example sentences:

– She put on her favorite dress for the party.

– He put on a warm jacket before heading out into the cold weather.

– They put on their sneakers and went for a run in the park.

 


Comprehension Quiz

Now we’re going to test your comprehension skills. Go back to the text if you forgot.

For best results WRITE your answers down on a piece of paper.

 

  1. What did Jax do on Saturday?

__________________________________________________

 

  1. What did Jax do on Sunday?

__________________________________________________

 

  1. How does Jax describe his weekend routine?

__________________________________________________

 

  1. Why does Jax stick to a schedule?

__________________________________________________

 

  1. How does Alison respond to Jax’s productivity?

__________________________________________________

 

  1. What is Alison’s approach to routines?

__________________________________________________

 

  1. What does Jax suggest to Alison about routines?

__________________________________________________


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