Let’s spend some more time today building up vocabulary. Back & Bring are used in a variety of useful phrasal verb. See how many you can think of, then check today’s lesson:
Phrasal Verbs with Back
When you back away from something, you reverse the direction you were moving in:
- When you park the car, back away from the wall just a little more.
- Tom was ready to have an argument with his boss, but he backed away.
When you back down, you change reverse your decision to do something. We usually use this idiom when we talk about contracts:
- The negotiations were going smoothly until the buyer backed down and left the meeting.
- The union backed down from their demands and accepted the new contract from the company.
When you back someone up, you support them emotionally or financially:
- If you talk to the boss about these problems, I will back you up and go with you .
- When Brad bought his house his parents backed him up with a large amount of money.
When you back something up, you move it in reverse:
- I have to back up the car to get into that parking space.
- If you back up the sofa a little, the table will fit nicely in front of it.
Phrasal Verbs with Bring
Bring someone down means to make them feel blue or depressed:
- Rainy days always bring me down
- Debbie brought everyone down at the party when she insulted the host.
To bring someone up means to raise them. We usually use this when we talk about parents and children:
- Jenny was brought up in a small town in New Jersey.
- Ed and Gloria brought up three children during the 1940’s.
When you bring something up, you mention it:
- I have two topics I want to bring up during the staff meeting today.
- Jane always brings up the story of her father’s immigration at family parties.
Well…I don’t think I can bring up any more phrasal verbs today. Thanks for studying today and feel free to bring up a topic for a one-point lesson here!