Learn how to use 5 phrasal verbs about time
- Check out the definitions for the 5 phrasal verbs
- Then read a short article that uses the phrasal verbs
- Test your understanding with a quiz.
Andy: What did you do at the weekend?
Bob: Nothing, just messed around.
I just messed about all afternoon.
****Note – You can also drop “around/about” –
Andy: What are you doing?
Bob: Nothing just messing.
Stop messing! Get on with your work.
Hang on a minute, I’ll be back in a minute
I’ve been hanging on for ages, hurry up.
Hey, hang about! What did you say?
Kids these days just hang around and do nothing.
I used to hang out with Frank all the time.
We were just hanging out all weekend.
Here’s a short story that includes all 5 phrasal verbs
Hanging out at home
I was just messing around at home, not doing anything in particular when I heard a loud bang outside. Looking out the window, I saw my brother lying in the middle of the road surrounded by a few of his mates.
The grumpy neighbour was shouting, “Hurry up! Get here now, there’s been an accident.”
There was also a red car which had stopped a few metres away. An old lady was in the driving seat with her face in her hands.
I ran down to my brother and asked him what had happened.
He said, “Hold on a minute… I don’t know, I was just hanging around with some friends when that lady drove into me”.
“She drove into you? Are you sure?”
Then the neighbour said, “Hang about, son! She never drove into you, it was your fault, walking into the road without looking.”
Here’s a quick quiz
spend time doing various things that are not important
spend time not doing much at all
I've been _________ for a long time, can't you be quicker?
wait (as a strong expression - imperative)
If you want a book to learn phrasal verbs this is my recommendation:
Phrasal Verb Fun by Peter Gray
This book is great because each phrasal verb has a little story that goes with it. This makes remembering the meaning and learning usage easier as learners can see how the phrasal verb is used in context.
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