Phrasal verbs are loved and loathed in equal measure. One little particle can completely change the meaning of the verb. Today let’s add the preposition AROUND to some of the common English verbs and have a look at 10 Phrasal verbs with AROUND.
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11 English Phrasal Verbs with Around
to talk someone around means usually to persuade or convince them or get them to change their mind
Example: Michael really does not want to study very hard for his exams. I speak with him every day to persuade him that it is important for his future. I am hoping I can talk him around to seeing my point of view.
to see what you can find, to search for something
Example: I’m not aware of any issues with this software but I’ll look around and see what happened.
to do something without getting in someone/somethings way or without needing the person/or thing to change their actions
Example: I can work around your schedule.
to regain consciousness
Example: He got knocked down and only came around in the hospital.
GET AROUND TO
to find time to do something
Example: I haven’t got around to writing my essay yet.
to check different shops (vendors) in order to find the best price, quality or option for something that you want to buy
Example: If you don’t shop around for house insurance every year, you could be losing out on a lot of savings.
Phrasal Verbs with AROUND
When we are in a rush or a hurry and haven’t a lot of time we usually do things quickly.
Example: My Mother was coming to stay and the house was such a mess. I flew around the house in an hour hoovering and cleaning every room as I know she would notice anything dirty!
This is very informal and is often used when we casually suggest that someone might like to visit us or when we suggest we might call in on (visit) someone else.
Example: I met my friend Sue in the supermarket yesterday. We know each other a long time. I suggested that she’d drop around to my place some morning for a coffee and a chat (informal conversation).
to become better, something changes so it becomes successful and/or profitable
Example: Our team has the opportunity to turn around last year’s disappointing fifth place.
to spend time somewhere, usually without any particular purpose
Example: They hang around the house all day playing computer games.
This is a very informal way of avoiding some issue that either you do not want to talk about or that might offend or embarrass the person to whom you are talking.
Example: Jack, my friend from college recently separated from his long time girlfriend. I met him in the park. He asked me what I was doing the next day. The next day happened to be Valentine’s day so I managed somehow to skirt around (avoid) telling him that I was going to take my girlfriend for a romantic meal!!