Phrasal verbs used in American English idioms are fascinating to our students at PC TECH.  Here are some examples, with more to follow in the near future:

“I want to ask her out, but I am too shy.”  [To ask someone to go on a date, such as dinner or a movie]

“If you need to borrow a pencil, just ask around.”  [Ask several people]

“Please back your car up so I can open the door.”  [Put the car in reverse]

“Make sure you back up your computer files often.”  [Save copies of your files]

“I will back you up when you ask the boss for a raise.”  [I will support you]

“Don’t back down when the boss refuses.”  [Don’t take “No” for an answer]

“When I asked again for a raise, the boss blew up.”  [Got very angry]

“We have to blow up a lot of balloons for the children.”  [Fill the balloons with air or helium gas]Balloons

“If you don’t have your car serviced regularly, it may break down on the road at the worst time.”  [It may stop working]

“The suspect broke down when the police presented him with the evidence.”  [Became very upset]

“To solve that math problem, you will have to break it down into smaller parts.”  [Divide it into small sections]

PC TECH: English Language School in New York City

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