8 Different Ways To Use UP – Free English Vocabulary Lesson

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The preposition up in English normally shows us a direction, like up the mountain or up in the sky. There are some other, maybe unusual uses of the word up. Today, I am going to show you eight of these. Take a look at the lesson below, and see how many of these ways to use up you know!

We use up to mean awake or out of bed:

  • Are you still up?  (Are you still awake?)
  • I’ve been up since 6:00am. I’m tired.

We use up to mean the volume is raised:

  • Jim: Is the TV up? I can’t really hear it.
  • Jenny: It’s up, but I think there is something wrong with the speakers.

We use up to mean cheerful or in a good mood:

  • Wow! The boss is really up today.
  • I’m not really feeling up today.

We use up to indicate a person’s turn to do something:

  • I just finished my presentation. Now, you’re up.
  • I’m up in ten minutes. I’m so nervous!

We use up to mean going from one end of an area to another end of an area (or street):

  • I’m going up to Bob’s house after dinner.
  • Let’s go up to Central Park today.

We use up to mean finished or the end of something:

  • Time’s up. Put your pencils down and close the test booklet.
  • The contract for my cell phone is up in January. I’m going to upgrade my phone then.

We use the phrase “Are you up for ~ to mean “Would you like to ~ ” when we invite someone:

  • Are you up for having coffee after class?
  • Jack! Are you up for a drink after work?

We use “What are you up to?” to mean “What are you doing?” “What are you up to?” to is used to ask about the immediate present, the recent present (when you haven’t seen someone for a while) and the future:

  • Hey Jack! What are you up to? What are you doing now?
  • Hi Jenny. Long time no see! What are you up to? What have you been doing recently?
  • What are you up to tomorrow night? What are your plans for tomorrow night

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