Native English speakers use phrasal verbs all the time when they speak. How do Canadians use phrasal verbs? Learn how in this lesson.
Grab is used the same way the verb to get.
Do you want to grab lunch?
Can you grab me a glass of water, please?
I need to stop, grab a few things at the store and I’ll be right over.
Figure (something) out
To figure something out is to solve or understand something.
You can figure out the why, what, when, how, or where of something,
We need to figure out how we’ll get to Toronto.
Did you figure out what time you’re free next week?
You also use figure out to calculate an amount.
Can you figure out how much we need to tip?
Let me figure out if it’s in the budget.
Pick (something) up
To pick up means to collect something or to buy something.
I picked up a great new jacket on the weekend.
I need to pick up my kids after school.
Get along with
To get along one means to be friendly and have a positive relationship with someone.
In Canada, you might say I love my new job, I get along great with my coworkers.
Run by has two meanings
It means to ask permission.
I want to take Friday off but I need to run it by my manager first.
Run by mean to say something again.
Can you run by those numbers again for me?
Turns out mean the way a situation ends up happening.
You might think Canada is too cold in the winter but it turns out it isn’t so bad.
You might hear people saying “as it turns out.”
As it turns out we don’t need to work Friday night.
To sort out means to find a solution.
Can you sort out how we’re going arrange transportation to the blue jays game?
We will often use sort out with problems.
She needs to sort out her problems
Keep on means to continue doing something.
Keep on practising English, you’ll get it eventually.
To bring up means to remind someone of something in a conversation.
Everyone has experienced an awkward situation before. In those cases you might want to say, I didn’t want to bring it up but…
This is used to describe when something isn’t working properly.
My computer is acting up again, I need to go get it fixed.
Parents also use this about their children.
I’ve been having a hard time with my son, he’s acting up all the time.