Phrasal Verbs with About
Phrasal verbs with ‘about’ often have the meaning ‘happen’.
In this podcast episode, I’m going to talk about four phrasal verbs with about. I will give definitions, example sentences and some usage tips.
Meaning – Cause something to happen
Usage – Used when you want to explain a change. Has a serious tone so is more likely to be used in academic or business/work settings, but it can sometimes be used in more serious conversations with friends.
Charles Darwin brought about massive changes in how we understand life.
President Trump brought about an era of stupidity and greed.
Failing the exam brought about a change in Trevor’s attitude.
Meaning – happen; take place
How did the building of the Eiffel Tower come about?
(Approximately, how did the building of the Eiffel tower happen? – this makes more sense if you listen to my explanation on the podcast audio)
Mike: I heard Bob got a girlfriend.
Jim: No way! How did that come about?
Meaning – do something; begin something; continue (an activity)
How do we go about it?
(Approximately how do we do it?)
Despite the war, they (the people) went about their business as usual.
(They continued their business as usual.)
Meaning – start doing something (with energy/determination)
Cathy set about writing her book.