Phrasal Verbs Lesson 5

In today’s lesson we’re going to have a look at the following phrasal verbs: get around to, give away, try on, and put on.

Dialogue

(Rick and Heather are in a relationship and are getting ready for a friend’s wedding)

Rick: I think I should have tried this suit on before today!

Heather: Oh my God Rick! It’s far too small, you must have put on weight since the last time you wore it.

Rick: Yeah, quite a lot of weight!

Heather: Why didn’t you try it on before today?

Rick: I was planning to, but I never got around to it.

Heather: That’s a lame excuse!

Rick: I know. What should I do?

Heather: What about the grey suit that you have? Did you bring that?

Rick: I gave it away because it was too big.

Heather: Well, just wear some trousers and a shirt because we don’t have time to get you a new suit.

Rick: I didn’t bring anything else with me…

Try On

To try something on means to put on an item of clothing to see if you like it or if it fits. This is usually done in the fitting/changing rooms in a shop.

  • (In a shop) Can I try this on? -> Sure, the fitting rooms are over there.
  • I love trying clothes on, especially expensive ones.
  • I should have tried this on in the shop, it’s far too small.

Put On

To put on clothes means to place the clothes on your body. To put on weight means to gain weight. In the conversation above Rick has put on weight and this now means that his clothes don’t fit.

  • You’ll put on weight if you keep eating like that.
  • Do you think I’ve put weight on?
  • I put on my socks before my trousers.
  • I put on weight when I went to university because I drank a lot of beer and ate junk food.
  • Remember to put on your jacket, it’s freezing out there.

Get Around To

This means finding the time to do something. It’s usually used as an excuse for not doing something – in the conversation, Rick said that he never got around to trying on the suit. It’s obvious that he had time to try on the suit because it only takes a few minutes to do this, so he uses this phrasal verb as a weak excuse.

Let’s look at more examples:

  • Did you finish your paper in time? -> No, I never got around to doing it because I had other papers to do.
  • I never got around to doing that report, I’m really sorry.

Give Away

To give something away means to give something to someone for free. Many people give away lots of things to charities every year. Giving away clothes to charity shops/thrift stores is a very common thing to do.

A giveaway is some promotion where something is given away for free. Here is an example of a giveaway: (look out for when he uses the phrasal verb and the noun)

Exercise

Complete the sentences using the following phrasal verbs: try on, put on, get around to, give away (only some are used twice).

Questions

1. Sorry about the report, I never __________ it.

2. I wouldn’t try to sell it, I’d just _____ it ______.

3. It’s freezing out there. You should __________ a warmer jacket.

4. This is far too small. I should have _____ it ______ first.

5. I hope I __________ starting my thesis this week.

6. I always __________ weight after Christmas.

Answers

1. got around to

2. give / away

3. put on

4. tried / on

5. get around to

6. put on

CONTINUE TO LESSON 6 ->