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Spanish phrasal verbs

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Agree with Estar de acuerdo All women are bad drivers - I don`t agree with you
Be about to Estar a punto de I was about to leave the house, when my friends arrived.
Be back Regresar I am working late at the office tonight so I will not be back until 10.
Be out of Quedarse sin We are out of eggs so we cannot make a tortilla.
Be over Terminarse When the football match was over, we went to the pub.
Be up Estar levantado Phil is not up yet: he is still in bed. Phone again in ten minutes
Blow up Estallar (una bomba) The bomb blew up killing six people.
Blow up Inflar We blew up at least a hundred balloons for the Christmas party.
Break down Averisarse My car broke down on the way to Malaga.
Call back Volver a llamar I am afraid the manager is not here at the moment. Could you call back later?
Carry on Seguir. Continuar I am sorry if I interrupted you. Please carry on.
Carry out Cumplir (una promesa) The President carried out his promise to reduce taxation.
Carry out Llevar a cabo The execution was carried out at seven o'clock in the morning.
Clear up Poner en orden It took four hours to clear up after the party.
Come across Encontrar, dar con I came across an old friend on the metro in Madrid.
Come back Regresar I am going to England for two weeks. I am coming back on the fifth.

Come in

Entrar

Good morning, Come in and sit down.

Come on Vamos, Date prisa Come on, we are going to be late.
Cut down on Consumir menos You must cut down on cholesterol or you will have a heart attack.
Cut off Cortar, desconnectar When we did not pay the bill, the electricity was cut off.
Cut up Cortar en pedazos We cut up the birthday cake and gave everyone a slice.
Do up Abrochar, Atar I was five before I knew how to do up my shoelaces.
Do with Tener algo que ver con, Tener relación con What is MS DOS? It has got something to do with computers.
Do without Pararse sin, Prescindir de The shops are shut, so we will have to do without sugar.
Draw up Pararse The car drew up to the zebra crossing.
Get back Volver, Regresar Cinderella had to get back by twelve o`clock.
Get in(to) Entrar I lost my keys, so I could not get into my house.
Get off Bajar (de un autobus, tren) You have to get off the bus at the next stop if you want the station.
Get on Subir (a un autobus, tren) Quick! Get on the train, it is about to leave.
Get up Levantarse When I got up this morning, it was still dark.
Give back Devolver If you do not like the dress, the shop will give you your money back
Give up Perder la esperanza, Rendirse If you find phrasal verbs difficult, do not give up!
Give up Dejar (de fumar, beber) You will get cancer if you do not give up smoking.
Go ahead Siga! Can I use the phone? Yes go ahead.
Go away Irse, Marcharse Are you going away for Christmas, or are you staying at home?
Go back Volver, regresar Although she is forty, she is going back to University to study French.
Go down Bajar The price of fruit goes down in the summer
Go out Salir (por la calle) I always go out and have a few drinks on Saturday night.
Hang on/ hold on Esperar Hold on for a minute as Pablo will be back soon
Hang up Colgar (el telefono) My ex-girlfriend hung up when I phoned her
Keep up with Mantenerse (a la altura de) I can`t keep up with my father when we go cycling as he goes too fast
Knock down Derribar, Atropear, Demoler My grandfather's old house was knocked down and a bank was built
Leave behind Olvidar, Dejar when I got to the airport, I realised that I had left my passport behind
Let in Dejar entrar She opened the door and let in the cat
Look after Cuidar My mother looks after the children when we go away
Look for Buscar I spent two hours looking for my glasses before I found them
Look forward to Esperar con ilusión I am looking forward to the Easter holidays
Look out Tener cuidado Look out, there is a car coming
Look up Buscar algo (en un libro, diccionario, internet) If you want to know more about this, look it up on Google
Put in Meter, Introducir Put ten pence in the machine and you will get a cup of coffee
Put on Encender Put on the light, it is getting dark
Put on Ponerse (la ropa) Put your coat on or you will get cold
Run out of Quedar sin algo We ran out of petrol so we had to get the bus
Set off Ponerse en camino We set off to Madrid at five o`clock to avoid the traffic
Take after Parecerse a Pablo takes after his father: they are both optimistic
Take off Despegar The flight was delayed for two hours and the plane eventually took off at 6 p.m.
Take off Quitarse la ropa Take off your coat and make yourself comfortable
Take out Extraer, sacar He took these papers away: they are important
Throw away Tirar (en la basura) Do not throw these documents away, they are important
Turn down Bajar (el volumen) Turn down the radio, it is too loud
Turn up Poner el volumen más fuerte Turn up the radio, I cannot hear it
Turn on Encender (televisión, luces, etc) Turn on the television please, I want to see the news.
 

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