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One more writing challenge: Back to Phrasal Verbs: OFF and UP

My friends! I have decided to post a series of blogs dedicated to the phrasal verbs. You see, most of the phrasal verbs are not idioms at all, they are just  combinations of a verb and an appropriate preposition. Today I will tell you about the phrasal verbs with OFF and UP. First of all, you should realize what these prepositions mean.

OFF means that we separate/remove a part of some solid object or disconnect something like wires. For example:

She broke off a bit of a chocolate bar.

The worker cut off the old branches of the tree. 

I was cut off talking to him (there was disconnection).

UP has two different uses:

1. The action is directed upwards.

I looked up at the ceiling.

She came up to the second floor.

2. The action is completed. We can't go on doing the same.

I was hungry and ate up everything on the plate.

She didn't want anyone to read the note and tore it up.

And now, I'd like to ask you to compose either your sentences or a very short stories using your phrasal verbs with OFF and UP. I hope, the idea and your task are clear.

Good luck! And have a great weekend!

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Comment by Shoba on August 24, 2016 at 8:26

Thank you for the explanation, dear Teacher Danny. Everything is clear now. 

Please do not feel bad for the typos. :) I had no problem with understanding your comment.  

Comment by Danny Clark on August 23, 2016 at 8:57

Dear Shoba! I am sorry for such  miserable typing yesterday! My keyboard was dying. But I hope, you have got my idea. TO LIVE OFF means to live at someone's expenses, in other words, to be provided with money by someone else. So, you used it correctly. "Was feeling miserable" is correct, but I was sure you meant she decided not to feel miserable any longer as she took divorce. To END UP  means to lead to something, for example: "If you behave in such a way it may end up badly"

Comment by Shoba on August 23, 2016 at 6:21

Thank you for the corrections, dear Teacher Danny. 

I googled for phrasal verbs with "off" and came across "living off". I used it in my story to mean that Off depended on his wife for money. 

As for ending up, I understand that it doesn't sound right. But I wanted to say, "Up got fed up with her husband and was feeling miserable." Is it correct to say like that, Teacher Danny? 

Comment by Danny Clark on August 22, 2016 at 11:46

Dear Shoba! What a great story you wrote! I like it so much1 But there are a few mistakes, to be exact, some inaccuracy. I ave correed and underlined them with my coments in the brackets where necesary).

The story of Off and Up

Once, a man called "Off" and a woman called "Up" got married. 

Off wasn't a bad person, but he was very lazy. He put things off until the last minute. Because of that, his boss told him off several times. Everyone thought this habit would wear off in time, but he didn't change __. Sometimes, he dozed off at his desk. One day, his boss got very angry and laid him off. After that, he started living off his wife (It is correct if you mean, she tarted providing hm ith monet, he started living at her expenses). 

But Up was a cheerful and hardworking person. She woke up early in the morning, cooked their meals, tidied up the house and went to work. At first, she kept her chin up and tried to put up with her lazy husband. As days went by, she got fed up with him, and stopped being miserable (TO end up does't soung good here). Finally, she broke up their marriage. 

When people heard their story, they said that Off was different and Up was different. Indeed off and up are different and have different meanings. 

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Thank you very much!

Comment by Shoba on August 22, 2016 at 8:03

The story of Off and Up

Once, a man called "Off" and a woman called "Up" got married. 

Off wasn't a bad person, but he was very lazy. He put things off until the last minute. Because of this, his boss told him off several times. Everyone thought this habit would wear off in time, but he didn't change himself. Sometimes, he dozed off at his desk. One day, his boss got very angry and laid him off. After that, he started living off his wife. 

But Up was a cheerful and hardworking person. She woke up early in the morning, cooked their meals, tidied up the house and went to work. At first, she kept her chin up and tried to put up with her lazy husband. As days went by, she got fed up with him, and ended up being miserable. Finally, she broke up their marriage. 

When people heard their story, they said that Off was different and Up was different. Indeed off and up are different and have different meanings. 

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Thank you for this challenge, dear Teacher Danny. It gave me a chance to learn some new phrasal verbs with off and up. 

Comment by Danny Clark on August 21, 2016 at 10:00

Dear Mishaikh! You are always welcome!

Comment by Danny Clark on August 21, 2016 at 9:27

Dear Serene! I saw your first comment yesterday. I didn't just have enough time to correct it. So, here it is:

1) He broke off in full swing of their relation just for no reason. After a few months, he wanted to continue the relationship again. But this time the lady refused because she suffered the unlimited pain while communication was broken off/stopped and she got the way to move herself, so she __cast off the memories __. He was pulled up not by her friends but by the natives ( maybe, you mean relatives) for his betrayal attitude. Hope he will not be trying to rise anyone up in hopes that her story, too, will falls apart like me. (You should explain what you mean. Your idea is not clear at all)
2) The hungry thief entered __ a poor man’s house in the dark and got off with the foods.
3) Do you want to see the fog? Then hurry up, dear, because __ the fog will clear away after the sun rise.
4)I sometimes want_ to cut off from the crowded cities __ because this noise draws  my attention away.
5) The terrorist attacked in Gulshan and before killing 20 people_ he blew up several bombs to create the scary atmosphere.
6) Arif took up a pen and completed___ nine blog_ writing about his motherland. Hats off before him for a great work!
7)My younger sister is a very jovial person __ but I noticed that very often she failed in holding up his spirits to the last.
8)I will go to my village to enjoy my Eid vacation. To avoid the hassle I picked up some tickets for my family.
9)Mr. Nilkanta’s behavior is enough to prove that he was brought up by his mother..

Comment by Someone on August 21, 2016 at 6:26

ear Teacher Danny! Have a Good day! I tried to make sentences with the phrasal verbs, please have a look, and you wouldn't mind if I seek your help to fix it.Yesterday I post it, may you overlooked...:) .Thanks a lot for the kind support.

1) He broke off in the middle of their relation just for no reason, after a few months, again he wanted to continue the relation. But this time the lady refused because she bearded the unlimited pain while communication was held up and she got the way to move herself, so she has cast off the memory from her mind. He was pulled up not by her friends but the natives for his betrayal attitude. Hope he will not be trying to rise anyone up in hopes that her story, too, will falls apart like me.

2) The hungry thief entered into a poor man house in the dark and got off with the foods.

3) Do you want to see the fog? Then don’t delay, dear, because the density of fog passed off with the sun rising.

4)Sometimes my mind wants to cut off from the cities for the crowd because this noise calls off my attention.

5) Theorist attacked in Gulshan and before killing 20 peoples several bombs were blown up there for creating a scary atmosphere.

6) Arif took up a pen and completed to write nine blogs about his motherland. Hats off him for a great work!

7)My younger sister is a very jovial person after then I noticed that very often she failed to hold up his spirits to the last.

8)I will go to my village to enjoy my Eid vacation, to avoid the hassle I picked up some tickets for my family.

9)Mr. Nilkanto’s behavior is enough to prove that her mother brought him up.

Comment by Mishaikh on August 21, 2016 at 2:48
Thanks Danny for your kind attention. I learn a lot from you and Tanya.
Comment by Danny Clark on August 20, 2016 at 13:48

Dear Adeline! You are always more than welcome!

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