Day 2 – The 10-Day Phrasal Verbs Challenge

 
phrasal verbs
 

Welcome to Day 2 of your 10-Day Phrasal Verbs Challenge!

REVISE DAY 1

How many phrasal verbs can you find in this short conversation?

Suzy and Jane are talking at the gym.

Suzy: Hey Jane! Are you a member of this gym, too?

Jane: I have just joined, actually. Between spending all day sitting at the office and doing housework at home, I realized that I need some time to myself.

Suzy: Good for you! I’ve been a member forever. This is a great place. You can sign up to work out with a personal trainer, but you could also join one of the classes. When I first joined I was completely out of shape. It took me about 6 months to get in shape and Shawn helped me, He’s a wonderful trainer.

Jane: Shawn?

Suzy: Yes. He is very well prepared and thorough. Before getting you started on a workout program, he’ll first ask you about your eating habits and will set out a plan for a complete body makeover. He’ll give you a healthy eating plan and a detailed workout.

Jane: I’m just not so sure I’m up for so many changes at once. I mean, I know I should eat healthier too.

Suzy: If you want to see results and get fit, you’ll just have to work it out for yourself. Find the time, change bad habits and stick with new – better – habits.

Jane: I’ll try.

Suzy: Hey, there’s Shawn, I could introduce you. You’ll like him.

Jane: Wow, he is hot!

So, let’s see the phrasal verbs in this conversation (highlighted in red).

Suzy and Jane are talking at the gym.

Suzy: Hey Jane! Are you a member of this gym, too?

Jane: I have just joined, actually. Between spending all day sitting at the office and doing housework at home, I realized that I need some time to myself.

Suzy: Good for you! I’ve been a member forever. This is a great place. You can sign up and work out with a personal trainer, but you could also join one of the classes. When I first joined I was completely out of shape. It took me about 6 months to get in shape and Shawn helped me, He’s a wonderful trainer.

Jane: Shawn?

Suzy: Yes. He is very well prepared and thorough. Before getting you started on a workout program, he’ll first ask you about your eating habits and will set out a plan for a complete body makeover. He’ll give you a healthy eating plan and a detailed workout.

Jane: I’m just not so sure I’m up for so many changes at once. I mean, I know I should eat healthier too.

Suzy: If you want to see results and get fit, you’ll just have to work it out for yourself. Find the time, kick those old habits and stick with new – better – habits.

Jane: I’ll try.

Suzy: Hey, there’s Shawn, I could introduce you. You’ll like him.

Jane: Wow, he is hot!

 

Number 18 and 17 on the list of the most frequently used phrasal verbs are

 

SET OUT and WORK OUT

Let’s quickly revise what they mean and how to use them.

 

SET OUT

  • to begin something, e.g., a new job or task

    Our new boss has set out to re-organize our entire department.

  • to leave a place and start a journey

    My friends set out on a tour of Scotland.

  • to present ideas

    The report sets out the details of the plan.

WORK OUT

  • to train your body by doing physical exercise

    I like to work out with my friends – it’s easier to stay motivated.

  • to be a success

    If everything works out, you’ll start your new job in October.

  • to solve a problem

    Jane worked out how to keep everyone up-to-date.

 

GO TO DAY 1

 

 

 

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