1: GO ON = happen
- What’s going on?
- There’s a class going on at the moment.
- What went on last night?
2: PICK UP = get something or someone from a place
- I picked up my brother from the airport.
- Please pick up some bread.
- Would you come and pick me up from work tonight?
3: COME BACK = return to a place (the speaker is in that place)
- She came back around 10pm last night.
- When will you come back from France?
- Please come back! It’s boring here without you.
4: COME UP WITH = produce an idea
- Julie came up with a great idea.
- He came up with an answer to the question very quickly.
- Can you come up with a better solution?
5: GO BACK = return to a place (the speaker isn’t in that place)
- He finished his work and went back to his flat.
- When is she planning to go back to Japan?
- I’ll go back to the library later.
6: FIND OUT = get information
- Can you find out what time the restaurant opens?
- I found out that we need to submit our essays next Tuesday.
- I don’t know what the weather forecast is for tomorrow, but I’ll find out.
7: COME OUT = appear from a place
- She came out of the kitchen.
- He went to the cafe and came out with a coffee.
- Please come out of the bedroom.
8: GO OUT = go to an event / restaurant / pub / party
- Let’s go out for dinner.
- You’re going out a lot these days.
- We should go out more.
9: POINT OUT = show / mention
- She pointed out the beautiful paintings on the walls.
- Please point out to the students that they must attend all the lectures.
- ‘We’ll miss the bus if we don’t hurry’, he pointed out.
10: GROW UP = become an adult
- I grew up in Scotland.
- My children are growing up too fast!
- When will he grow up?
11: SET UP = create / arrange
- I need to set up a new bank account.
- She’s decided to set up her own company.
- I set up some language classes at the school.
12: TURN OUT = in the end we discover
- The maid turned out to have stolen the money.
- He turned out to be a friend of Alex’s.
- The party turned out to be a big success.
13: GET OUT = leave a room / building / car
- I need to get out of the house!
- She got out of the car and went into the shop.
- Get out! There’s a fire in the kitchen!
14: COME IN / INTO = enter (the speaker is in that place)
- Please come in! It’s great to see you.
- She came into the living room and sat down.
- Don’t come in! I’m not ready yet!
15: TAKE ON = to be responsible for
- He’s going to take on the new project.
- She isn’t taking on any new students at the moment.
- Could you take on some extra work?
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