UNIT 138. Phrasal Verbs 5 on/off(2)

Canada-110 grammar
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Verb + on = continue doing something
drive on / walk on / play on = continue walking/driving/playing, etc.
– Should we stop at this gas station or should we drive on the the next one?

go on = continue
– The party went on until 4 o’clock in the morning.

go on doing something = continue doing something
– We can’t go on spending money like this. We’ll have nothing left soon.

Also go on with something
– Don’t let me disturb you. Please go on with what you were doing.

keep on doing something = do it continuously or repeatedly
– He keeps on criticizing me. I’m really tired of it!

drag on = continue for too long
– Let’s make a decision now. I don’t want this problem to drag on.



Other verbs + on
hold on / hang on = wait
– (on the phone) Hold on a minute. I’ll see if Max is home.

move on = start a new activity, start talking about a new topic.
– (in a lecture) That’s enough about the political situation. Let’s move on to the economy.

take on a job / extra work / a responsibility = accept it and do what is necessary
– When Sally was sick, a friend took on her work at the office.



Verb = off
doze off / drop off / nod off = fall asleep
– The lecture wasn’t very interesting. In fact, I dozed off in the middle of it.

drop somebody/something off = take to a place by car and leave there
– Sue drops her children off at school before she goes to work every morning.

go off = explode
– A bomb went off in a hotel downtown, but fortunately nobody wa hurt.

Also an alarm can go off (= ring)
– Did you hear the alarm go off?

let someone off = stop employing someone because there isn’t enough work
– My brother was laid off two months ago and still hasn’t found another job.

rip somebody off = cheat somebody (informal)
– Did you really pay $2,000 for that painting? I think you were repped off.
(= you paid too much)

show off = try to impress people with your ability, your knowledge, etc.
– Look at that boy on the bike riding with no hands. He’s just showing off.

tell somebody off = speak angrily to somebody because they did something wring.
– Clare’s mother told her off for wearing dirty shoes in the house.


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