Episode 19. Gerunds with Phrasal Verbs

PoLoop Angielski

Dec 18 2022 • 10 mins

Verbs sometimes want to act like adjectives or nouns. In order to take on their new role they need the -ing ending. In this episode I expose their clever trick :-)

You can download the transcript of this episode here.

Phrasal Verbs used in the recording:

FEEL UP TO  sth/doing sth : When you don't feel up to something, you don't have enough strength or energy to do it or deal with it.

GIVE something UP : If you give up something, you stop doing it or having it.

COUNT ON something: If you count on something, you are sure something will happen.

REIN something IN : If you rein something in, you start to control something.

LAY somebody OFF : If a company lays off employees, it stops employing them because there is not enough. work for them to do.

Other interesting words and expressions used in the recording:

  • worthwhile: If something is worthwhile, it is important or enjoyable enough to spend time, money or effort on
  • a pint: a pint of beer
  • Pegasus: a horse with wings from Ancient Greek and Roman stories
  • to give somebody a headache: to be a source of pain but also to annoy someone
  • to browse through the news: to look through the news stories
  • to rob somebody of something: to steal money or property from someone
  • to get into the swing of doing something: to get fully involved in an activity

Takeaway 1: Verb+ing can form continuous tenses, or function like an adjective or a noun in a sentence. In this role, it is known as a gerund.

Takeaway 2: After prepositions we generally use gerunds, and since Phrasal Verbs often end with prepositions, we use gerunds after them too.

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