Phrasal Verbs are a great tool for developing a natural sounding English. Native speakers have a strong preference for using them in casual conversation. If you want to start, why not start at home?
Phrasal Verbs for Cleaning
- Meaning: Put something into the trash can
- Example: He wanted to throw away the cup, but he couldn’t find a trash can.
Take out / Put out (the trash)
- Meaning: Take the garbage from the house to outside
- Example: I’ll take out the trash tomorrow morning.
- Meaning: Remove something from the floor
- Example: Please pick up your toys from the floor. The room is a mess
- Meaning: Put items into their proper place (a drawer, cabinet, etc…)
- Example: Please put away your toys.
Hang up (clothes, laundry, decorations)
- Meaning: Put your clothes on a hanger to hang in the closet
- Example: We hang up our clothes in the closet.
Clean up/ tidy up
- Meaning: Remove the dirt, stains & unwanted material
- Example: We spent all Saturday morning cleaning up.
Mop up, Sweep up, Wipe up
- Meaning: Use a something (mop, broom, towel or sponge) to remove a mess from the floor.
- Example: I am the one who has to mop up after the mess you made!
Finish up (homework, chores, meal)
- Meaning: to complete something
- Example: You need to finish up your homework before you can watch TV
Phrasal Verbs for Affecting the Mood
Turn on / Switch on
- Meaning: Give (lamp/TV) power, to start
- Example: Do you want me to turn the lamp on?
Turn off / Switch off
- Meaning: Cause the power of (lamp/tv) to stop
- Example: It’s too noisy. Turn off the TV please!!
Put on (music, movie)
- Meaning: Turn on the radio or some music
- Example: Do you mind if I put some music on?
Put on (coffee, tea, kettle)
- Meaning: Put (the pot/kettle/etc…) on the stove
- Example: I’ll put the kettle on for tea.
- Meaning: to hang / Attach (a picture, or other object) to the wall
- Example: I will put up this picture by the fireplace.
- Meaning: Remove (a picture or object) from the wall
- Example: She made us take down all the pictures.
- Meaning: Buy a lot of something (food, drink, etc) to fill the refrigerator or pantry.
- Example: We need to stock up the freezer
- Example: They stocked up on pasta because it was on sale.
- Meaning: Add something to a room
- Example: We want to put in some extra cabinets in the kitchen