Please find below more Verbal Idioms to enrich your vocabularies:
- FIND OUT: discover — Erin just found out that her ancestors had come from Scotland, not Ireland.
- GET BY: manage to survive — Despite the high cost of living, we will get by on my salary.
- GET THROUGH: (a) finish — Jerry called for an earlier appointment because he got through with his project sooner than he had expected. (b) manage to communicate. — It is difficult to get through to someone who doesn’t understand your language.
- GET UP: arise. — Pete usually gets up early in the morning, but this morning he overslept. (b) organize. — Paul is trying to get up a group of square dancers to go to Switzerland.
- GIVE UP: stop, cease — Helen gave up working for the company because she felt that the employees were not treated fairly.
- GO ALONG WITH: agree. — Mr. Robbins always goes along with anything his employer wants to do.
- HOLD ON TO: grasp, maintain. — Despite moving to the Western world, Mariko held on to her Oriental wlays.
- HOLD UP: (a) rob at gunpoint. — The convenience store was held up last night. (b) endure or withstand pressure or use. — Mrs. Jones held up very well after her husband’s death. (c) stop. — Last night’s freeway traffic held up rush hour traffic for two hours.
- KEEP ON: continue. — I keep on urging Rita to practice the violin, but she doesn’t heed my advice.
- LOOK AFTER: care for. — After my aunt had died, her lawyer looked after my uncle’s financial affairs.
- LOOK INTO: investigate. — Lynnette is looking into the possibility of opening a drugstore in Dallas as well as in Fort Worth.
YOUR TASK: Please change the underlined words to incorporate two-word verbs (verbal idioms). Make all necessary tense changes. Look at the Example:
- The senator raised the question of the treaty negotiations.
- The Senator brought up the question of the treaty negotiations.
- Louis doesn’t like peas unless they’re mixed in with something else.
- Because of the shortage of funds, we will have to eliminate all extracurricular activities.
- Many teenagers quit school before graduation and regret it later.
- Mike and Mary Ellen will be very happy when they finish writting their book.
- Marsha was so upset by her fiance’s disloyalty that she ended their engagement.
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