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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 […]

Learning English with Spaced Repetition Programs

Learning English requires organisation. Successfully acquiring new words, phrases, or even grammatical structures can be a long process. Traditionally, I have always advised my students to keep a vocabulary book, writing down new words and phrases as they come across them. The act of recording words and phrases helps greatly in memorising them. However, the […]

Using the Gerund (-ing) in English?

Knowing when to use gerunds in English can be difficult. In this blog, we will explore the occasions when it is necessary to use the gerund form. When a verb ends in “-ing”, it may be a gerund or a present participle. It is important to understand that they are not the same. When we […]

A Portmanteau – Bollywood

The name Bollywood is a portmanteau that comes from Bombay (the former name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, the centre of the American film industry. Unlike Hollywood, Bollywood does not exist as a physical place. Many people within Hindi Cinema dislike the name. They feel that the name Bollywood makes the industry look like a poor […]

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 […]