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Up – Phrasal verbs and prepositions

Up - The preposition

In this post, Steve examines the word “up” and look at how native speakers perceive the word both in isolation or as a particle in a phrasal verb. Up – Its real meaning In this blog, I will demonstrate that the meaning of up is literally a direction (i.e. the opposite of down). Additionally, after […]

Common Phrasal Verbs: To Take Up

Take Up Golf

To take up something (usually a hobby, sport or activity) see also: to start doing… This phrasal verb is usually separated by its object only when the object is a pronoun – not a noun. Both parts of the verb remain together. This phrasal verb follows the structure : to take up + object. Definition […]

Up – Phrasal verbs and prepositions

Up - The preposition

In the second in our series of posts about the true meaning of prepositions in English, we examine the word up and look at how native speakers perceive the word both in isolation or as a particle in a phrasal verb. Up – It’s real meaning In this blog, I will demonstrate that the meaning […]

Affect or Effect?

The difference between these two words, though quite simple, is something that often confuses even native speakers. One cause of such confusion is that, in spoken English, there is no distinction in the way the words are pronounced [əˈfɛkt] since the word stress is on the second syllable. The basic fact is that “affect”, in […]

Vocabulary: “white elephant”

A “white elephant” is an idiom for a valuable but demanding possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of maintenance) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. The term derives from the story that the kings of Siam (now Thailand) used to give one of these animals as […]