28.04.2016 |

Episode #4 of the course “Common English phrasal verbs: Part 2” by Angela Boothroyd

wait up

1. To wait up is to stay awake and not go to bed because you are waiting for someone.

Examples of use:

a) I’ll be home late tonight. Don’t wait up for me.

b) What time did you get home last night? Your mother and I waited up for you until 2am.


2. Wait up! is something you say to someone if you want them to stop and wait for you.

Mainly American English

Examples of use:

a) Wait up! I’ll get my coat and come with you.

b) Wait up! I need to talk to you before you go.

c) Wait up! You’ve forgotten your briefcase.

4.1 Phrasal verbs 2

wash up

1. To wash up something (or wash something up) is to clean the dishes, saucepans and cutlery that you have used for cooking and eating a meal.

British and Australian English.

Examples of use:

a) Can you help me wash up these dishes, please?

b) I love cooking, but I hate washing up all the saucepans afterwards.


2. To wash up is to clean your hands with soap and water.

American English.

Examples of use:

a) Dinner is ready – go and wash up, please.

b) Make sure you wash up before you eat your take-out.


3. Wash up something or wash something up. When something washes up it is carried to land by the sea or a river, and left there.

International English.

Examples of use:

a) The old boat washed up on the beach in the storm.

b) The sea washes up old fishing nets in the winter.

c) A whale carcass washed up on the beach last week.

4.2 Phrasal verbs 2

hurry up

When you hurry up you do something more quickly.

Examples of use:

a) Can you hurry up and put your coat on, please?

b) It’s nearly time for bed so hurry up and finish your homework.

c) Hurry up. Our taxi is here.

d) If you don’t hurry up we’ll miss the train.

4.3 Phrasal verbs 2


Recommended book

“English Phrasal Verbs in Use: Advanced” by Michael McCarthy and Felicity O’Dell


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