Welcome back to The Art of Business English. In this week's episode we have the second part of my mini-series on three-word phrasal verbs.
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Today I am going to be focusing on 3-word phrasal verbs that end with the preposition “to”. Remember, any verb that follows a preposition needs to be in the gerund or ING form.
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Leave up to
To give someone the responsibility to do something.
“We'll leave it up to the accountant to decide how to invest the money.”
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Live up to
To achieve what is expected.
“The new employee didn’t live up to expectations and HR decided not to renew her contract.”
Set out to
To start an activity with a particular aim.
“He set out to design software that would be accessible to employees outside the accounting department.”
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Face up to
To accept that a difficult situation exists.
“Every needs to face up to the fact that this quarter’s sales results are a complete disaster.”
Get round to
To find the time to do or deal with something.
“I finally got round to writing the financial report.”
Look forward to
To be excited about the fact that an event or activity is happening.
“I am looking forward to a nice quiet holiday next month. We are going to the Bahamas.”
Look up to
To admire and respect someone
“Her colleagues have always looked up to her.”
Own up to
To tell the truth or to admit that you are responsible for something.
“No one has owned up to stealing the money.”
Hang on to
To hold tightly to something; to keep something.
“When he tried to stand, he had to hang onto a tree for support.”
“You should hang onto that painting; it might be valuable.”
Add up to
To make a particular amount; to have a particular effect or result.
“The company's assets add up to $107bn.”
“These changes could add up to a 10-15% improvement in productivity.”
Feel up to
To have the energy to do something.
“Look, I would love to come for drinks after work, but I just don’t feel up to it today.”
Put up to
To encourage someone to do something, usually wrong.
“Sam skipped class on Friday. I think he was put up to it by his friends.”
So, there you have some more three-word phrasal verbs that I am sure you will find useful to improve your understanding of native speakers. I hope you found this episode interesting.
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