Common Phrasal Verbs “to bring up something”

To Bring something up

See also: to mention, to discuss, to vomit

This verb follows the structure: to bring up + object. It is usual for this phrasal verb to be split by its object.

Example: I had hoped that he wouldn’t bring up the argument that we had last week.


Example 1
She brought up the subject of getting married even though she knew it would anger him.

This sentence explains that she decided to mention the subject of marriage despite the fact that she knew it would make him angry.

Example 2
He brought his breakfast up this morning thanks to all the beer he had drunk the night before.

This sentence means that because of all the beer he had drunk the previous night, he vomited after eating his breakfast.

To Bring your children up

See also: to raise

This phrasal verb consists of: Bring up + person or Bring + person + up. It is usual for the phrasal verb to be split by the person.

Example: I plan to bring my kids up really well.

Example 1
Those kids must have been brought up badly. Look at the way they are behaving.

This sentence means that the children must be behaving badly due to the fact that they have not been raised very well.

Common collocations

If you look at the examples above, you will notice that when we are talking about bringing up children, we are likely to use the following structure:

To bring up + someone + well/ badly

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2 Responses to “Common Phrasal Verbs “to bring up something””

  1. Peter BreakeyMarch 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    my last message did not get through, so briefly because of lack of time – example one – very stilted. Surely bring up the argument is much more common…

    Its three lines above example one – there should not be an apostrophe!

    best wishes

    • SteveMarch 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

      Thanks Peter. I have made the changes you recommended. I appreciate your telling us.

      It’s worth pointing out to our readers that verbs such as “bring up” always split with their object when that object is a pronoun. Whilst “bring up the argument” is more usual than “bring the argument up”, “bring it up” is the only way to use a pronoun to replace “the argument”.

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