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  1. Lesson 1 – Introduction & Phrasal Verbs for Romantic Relationships
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  2. Lesson 2 – Phrasal Verbs for Emotions
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  3. Lesson 3 – Phrasal Verbs for Social Situations
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  4. Lesson 4 – Phrasal Verbs Around the House
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  5. Lesson 5 – Phrasal Verbs for Health & Sports
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  6. Lesson 6 – Phrasal Verbs for School & Studying
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  7. Lesson 7 – Phrasal Verbs for Driving
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  8. Lesson 8 – Phrasal Verbs about Money
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  9. Lesson 9 – Phrasal Verbs at Work
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  10. Lesson 10 – Phrasal Verbs for Computers
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  11. Lesson 11 – Phrasal Verbs for Travel
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  12. Lesson 12 – Phrasal Verbs for Communication
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  13. Lesson 13 – Phrasal Verbs for Time & Change (Part 1)
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  14. Lesson 14 – Phrasal Verbs for Time & Change (Part 2)
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  15. Lesson 15 – Phrasal Verbs for Persuading & Deciding
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  16. Lesson 16 – Phrasal Verbs About the Weather
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  17. Lesson 17 – Phrasal Verbs in the News
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  18. Lesson 18 – Phrasal Verbs for Movement
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  19. Lesson 19 – Phrasal Verbs for Information
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  20. Lesson 20 – Phrasal Verbs for Events
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  21. Lesson 21 – Phrasal Verbs for Manners/Etiquette
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  22. Lesson 22 – Phrasal Verbs for Destruction & Repair
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  23. Lesson 23 – Phrasal Verbs with AWAY
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  24. Lesson 24 – Phrasal Verbs with DOWN
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  25. Lesson 25 – Phrasal Verbs with ON and IN
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  26. Lesson 26 – Phrasal Verbs with OUT
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  27. Lesson 27 – Phrasal Verbs with OFF
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  28. Lesson 28 – Phrasal Verbs with UP
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  29. Lesson 29 – Confusing Pairs of Phrasal Verbs
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  30. Lesson 30 – Phrasal Verbs as Nouns
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Let’s learn the phrasal verbs from the dialog.

First, Emily says it looked like the guy was hitting on Sarah. To hit on someone is to say or do things that demonstrate romantic or sexual interest in that person. It’s usually a combination of comments and gestures as well as the way you look at the other person. Another way to say this is that the guy was flirting with Sarah.

Sarah says the guy asked her out – to ask someone out is to invite the person to go on a date (a romantic encounter). We often say “asked her out for…” and then the activity:

  • He asked her out for lunch / dinner.
  • He asked her out for coffee.
  • He asked her out for drinks.
  • He asked her out for a movie.

Sarah then says she’s not sure if she likes the guy, and she doesn’t want to lead him on – this means to provide false hope or expectation to the other person. So if she pretended to be romantically interested even though she really wasn’t, this would be leading him on.

Emily then says that she and her last boyfriend didn’t hit it off right away – this means they didn’t have a special connection immediately. If you hit it off with someone, it means you like each other and you have great social “chemistry” from the first moment you meet.

However, with time she began to fall for him – the phrasal verb “fall for” means “fall in love with.”

Sarah then asks why Emily and her last boyfriend split up – this means to separate, to end the romantic relationship. You can say split up or break up – and breakup can also be used as a noun.

Emily says that the breakup was because she and her boyfriend drifted apart – this means they slowly started to go in different directions over time.

Sarah’s last relationship was a nightmare (which means it was really terrible). It started when she hooked up with someone at a party. The phrasal verb hook up with someone can be used a slang expression meaning to have sex with someone, especially someone you just met, or someone you only stay with for one night.

However, in Sarah’s case she stayed with the boyfriend for six months, when they were constantly fighting and making up – that means reconciling and restoring peace in the relationship after a fight. It was a difficult relationship, and Sarah says she doesn’t know how she put up with him for so long. The phrasal verb “put up with” someone means to tolerate a difficult, annoying, or unpleasant person.

The relationship ended when the boyfriend cheated on Sarah – that means he was kissing or having sex with another woman. Sarah discovered him making out with his ex-girlfriend (kissing her very passionately).

The boyfriend wanted another chance with Sarah, but Sarah knew he was trying to jerk her around – that means to manipulate her or use her for his own advantage – so she broke up with him (ended the relationship).

Sarah asks Emily if Emily is going out with anyone. The phrasal verb go out with can mean to go out on a date with someone once, or it can mean to be in a relationship for an extended period of time. In this second case, we usually use it in the present continuous – so Sarah is asking if Emily is currently in a relationship.

Emily says she isn’t in a serious relationship because she’s not interested in settling down yet– in this context, settle down means to be in a long-term stable relationship (for example, getting married and having kids, and living a “typical” family life).

You’ve now learned 16 phrasal verbs about romantic relationships – but wait! It’s time for the most important part, which is to practice what you’ve learned.

Scroll down to the bottom of this lesson and take the quiz to test how well you remember the phrasal verbs. Then do the writing exercise, where you can practice using the phrasal verbs in your own sentences.

Thanks for watching and I’ll talk to you tomorrow!

Phrasal VerbDefinition in Context
hit on someonedemonstrate romantic / sexual interest
ask someone outinvite someone for a date (a romantic encounter)
lead someone ongive the person false hope or expectations about the relationship
hit it off with someonehave a great connection from the first moment you meet the person
fall for someonefall in love with the person
split up / break upseparate, end the relationship
drift apartslowly go in different directions over time
hook up with(slang) have sex with
make upreconcile after a fight
put up with someone / somethingtolerate a difficult, annoying, or unpleasant person or situation
cheat on someonekiss or have sex with another person
(who is not your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend)
make out with someonekiss the person very passionately
jerk someone aroundmanipulate the person or use them for your own advantage
go out with someone1) go on a date with the person once
2) be in a relationship with the person
settle downbe in a long-term stable relationship