Phrasal Verbs with OUT

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Welcome to your Phrasal Verbs with OUT lesson! In this topic we talk about:
• Using phrasal verbs with OUT
Work OUT
• Other phrasal verbs with OUT
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Using phrasal verbs with OUT

When we use OUT in a phrasal verb, it usually means “not burning” or “not shining”:

‘Go out’ “Suddenly, all the lights went out.”

‘Put out’ “Please put out your cigarette.”

‘Turn out’ “Can you turn out the light, please?

‘Blow out’ “Don’t forget to blow out the candle before you leave.”

Work OUT

  • work OUT = do physical exercise:

At lunch I work out at the local gym.

  • work OUT = develop / progress:

Good luck with your interview, I hope everything works out for you.”

  • work OUT = calculate:

This one’s too difficult, I can’t work it out.”

  • work OUT = the answer to a mathematical problem:

She gets paid €2,400 per month which works out at €600 per week.”

Other phrasal verbs with OUT

  • carry OUT (complete an order / an experiment / a survey / an investigation / a plan etc.):

We have to carry out a survey before we launch our project.”

The soldiers carried out their orders without complaint.”

  • fall OUT (not be friends anymore):

They were best friends but they fell out over a boy.”

  • find OUT (discover):

I’d like to find out more about London before moving there.”

I’ll call the cinema to find out when the film starts.”

  • give / hand OUT (distribute):

I have a weekend job handing out flyers at the supermarket.”

  • point OUT (draw attention to):

I didn’t realise my mistake until you pointed it out to me.”

  • run OUT (have no more of):

They ran out of petrol on the motorway.”

  • sort OUT (organise):

We have so many papers to sort out this weekend.”

  • turn OUT (finish as):

The weather looked terrible, but it turned out to be a lovely day.

  • try OUT (test to see if it’s ok):

You should try out the computer before you buy it.”