It was a bit chilly this morning when I took happy for a walk. I had to put on a jacket. I had to put off her walk yesterday because of heavy rain. So, she was very excited today. She’s a great dog, but I have to put up with her strange personality sometimes. For example, Happy goes bonkers for chicken. I’m sure she could put away a whole chicken if I let her!
Today, let’s have a look at some phrasal verbs using put. Do you know them? I used a few of them in the paragraph above.
Put away means eat:
- Happy could put away a whole chicken if I let her.
- How many slices of pizza can you put away?
Put down means to say bad or insulting things to someone:
- Jack always puts down his wife in front of others. He’s not nice.
- I can’t put her down. She’s perfect in my eyes
Put off means postpone, or do at a later time:
- The picnic was put off for a week due to rain.
- I have to put off the meeting until Joe gets back from his business trip.
Put on can mean start an appliance or perform a show:
- Please don’t put on the air conditioner. We are trying to save power.
- When I put on the hair drier, the lights dimmed.
- They are putting on Chicago at the local dinner theater.
- Bon Jovi always puts on a good show.
Put out can mean extinguish (a fire) or publish:
- Please put out your cigarette before getting in the car.
- The firemen put out the fire in the barn.
- I’ll be putting out an English textbook someday.
- Do you think they will put out any more Harry Potter books?
Put up means build, and put up with means tolerate:
- That new office building was put up in less than 6 months.
- They will put up a statue of Washington in the park next year.
- It is hard to put up with Happy’s strange personality
- Jack quit his job because he couldn’t put up with the new boss.
Well, thanks for putting up with another English lesson! See you next time.