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#EngVocab: Phrasal verbs with ‘get’

Phrasal verb is a combination of verb and preposition or adverb or both. The combination usually gives a different meaning from the original verb. Do you know any phrasal verb with the word  ‘get’?

  1. Get up. Meaning: to get out of bed.
    • Example:
      • “I get up at 06.00 am in the morning.”
  2. Get through. Meaning: to succeed in finishing a task, or to manage to talk to someone on the phone.
    • Example:
      • “All these trials will get you through life.”
  3. Get over. Meaning: to overcome a problem, to recover from an illness.
    • Example:
      • “Don’t be sad, you will get over it.”
  4. Get out/get off. Meaning:  to leave.
    • Example:
      • “It’s dangerous, get out of there!”
  5. Get across. Meaning: to cause to be understood.
    • Example:
      • “The idea will get across on mind after the presentation.”
  6. Get along. Meaning: to have a friendly relationship.
    • Example:
      • “My cousin gets along well with his classmates.”
  7. Get away. Meaning: to leave or escape from a person or place.
    • Example:
      • “I need to get away from everything and everyone.”
  8. Get on with. Meaning: to start doing or continue doing activity.
    • Example:
      • “Let’s get on with the party!”
  9. Get in. Meaning: to go inside, to arrive.
    • Example:
      • “Hurry up, get in the car!”
  10. Get down (to). Meaning: to get serious.
    • Example:
      • “If you get down to something, you have to give full concentration.”
  11. Get by. Meaning: to manage to survive.
    • Example:
      • “I finally got by the problem after struggling for a while.”
  12. Get back. Meaning: to return from a place.
    • Example:
      • “I got back from Paris yesterday.”


Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, April 16, 2017


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#EngTrivia: Various Meanings of ‘go off’

Good evening, fellas! Today I want to talk about a phrasal verb that often confuses me. It’s “go off”. If you want to know what a phrasal verb is, you can click here to read more about it. “Go off” confuses me a lot because it has a lot of meanings that are very different depending on its context in a sentence. Let’s walk through the meanings of “go off” one by one.

  1. If you say someone goes off, that means he/she leaves a place and go somewhere elseExample: After finishing her writing goal today, she went off to her favorite cafe to have a nice drink as a form of small celebration.
  2. If you say how an event went off, you explain how it happened in a specific way. Example: The seminar went off really well and we learn a lot from the brilliant speakers.
  3. If a machine or light goes off, that means it stops working or dies. Example: The printer went off right before it started printing the last page.
  4. If a warning device such as an alarm or a siren goes off, that means it starts making a sound/noise. Example: My phone suddenly went off with my embarrassing ringtone during class because I forgot to turn on the silent mode. See, fellas? I always thought that a cellphone going off means it turns off. We tend to think “off” indicates that something stops working. Turns out, our phone “going off” means it is making a noise (alarm or ringtone) instead of shutting down.
  5. If an explosive thing or a gun goes off, that means it explodes or it fires. Example: It was pretty fun for me to just sit on the rooftop in New Year’s Eve and watch the fireworks go off from every direction.
  6. (British English) If you go off something, that means you stop liking it. Example: I start going off fantasy novels. I’m into sci-fi now.
  7. (British English) If food or beverages go off, that means it’s not fresh and starts going bad. Example: This milk tastes funny. I think it goes off.

So, now you see how the meaning of “go off” varies. If you read something that you think doesn’t make sense, it could be that one of the words have another meaning that you don’t know. You can always check the dictionary to be sure that you really know what a word or phrase means in a particular sentence.

Compiled and written by @Fafafin for @Englishtips4U on January 5, 2016.

#EngVocab: Different ways to walk

Do you know you can describe the way you walk if you use a different verb in your sentence? For example, when you’re having a leisure time in a park, you walk slowly and enjoying your surroundings. You can say you stroll around the park. That means you walk in a leisurely manner, no rush at all. So, here are some verbs to describe the different ways of walking.

1. Amble: to walk slowly or leisurely (similar to stroll).


  • Fred ambles along the path towards Beth’s house.

2. Limp: to walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg. 


  • 👩: Why are you limping👧: I sprained my ankle.

3. March: to walk steadily and rhythmically forward in step with others.


  • The scouts marched towards their leader.

4. Pace: to walk or stride back and forth across; to walk (a number of steps) in measuring a space.


  • Upon waiting for the test result, he paces the corridor nervously.

5. Saunter: to walk slowly in a casual way (similar to amble and stroll).


  • She points at the girl who is sauntering across the hall.

6. Shamble: to walk in an awkward, lazy, or unsteady way.


  • I can hear the sound of someone shambling outside my house.

7. Stalk: to walk with a stiff, haughty, or angry gait.


  • My sister stalked off my room because I refused to share my chocolate with her.

8. Step: to walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified direction.


  • Please do not step on that white line. The paint is still wet.

9. Stomp: to walk with forcible, heavy steps.


  • The fierce instructor stomps into the room.

10. Stride: to walk with long steps, especially in a hasty or vigorous way.


  • In this campus, people don’t walk; they stride everywhere.

11. Strut: to walk in a pompous manner.


  • Ramona struts into her house with the butterflies she managed to catch, leaving Howie who got nothing at all.

12. Stumble: to miss one’s step in walking or running; trip and almost fall.


  • Exhausted from the soccer practice, he stumbles into his room and throws himself onto the bed.

13. Tiptoe: to walk or move quietly on one’s toes.


  • The baby is now asleep, so Mom tiptoes out of the room to do another chore.

Definitions are taken from thefreedictionary.com


Compiled and written by @Fafafin for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, December 8, 2016



#EngQuiz: Transitive vs. Intransitive Verbs

Last week, we learned about transitive and intransitive verb, and now, we are going to do a quiz on that topic. On these 10 sentences, you are to decide whether the verbs I write in ALL CAPS are transitive or intransitive.

  1. The farmer didn’t GO to her ricefield this morning.
  2. The stars SPARKLE so bright.
  3. He made everybody swear to KEEP the secret.
  4. I DRAW a square on the paper.
  5. We failed to get the discount because the sale has ENDED.
  6. The student STOPS the bus and climbs up.
  7. We AGREED to meet up next week.
  8. I sit still and LISTEN to the sound of an approaching car.
  9. Catey DRAWS for a living.
  10. Hank ENDED the livestream five minutes ago.

Below are the tweets from our #EngQuiz session on this topic. You can scroll through them to find the answer.

Compiled and written by @Fafafin for @EnglishTips4U on November 17, 2016.

#EngClass: Transitive and intransitive verbs

In this post, we will talk about transitive and intransitive verb and how those two differ. Let’s cut to the chase!

Transitive Verb

A transitive verb requires an object.


“I carry a stick.”

In the sentence above, carry is the transitive verb and a stick is the noun that acts as the object in that sentence. The object following the transitive verb can be a noun, phrase, or pronoun that is affected by the action of the verb. It always answers the question “What?” – What do I carry? I carry a stick.  Using a transitive verb without an object will make an incomplete sentence – simply saying “I carry” without an object would not make sense.

Quickanddirtytips.com has a tip for remembering the name of the verb: think of a transitive verb as transferring their action to the object.

Intransitive Verb

An intransitive verb don’t have a direct object receiving the action. It can be followed by an adverb or a prepositional phrase, but it can never be followed by a noun.


“He sits.”

The sentence is complete without an object. Therefore, sit is an intransitive verb.

“He sits” can be followed by a prepositional phrase such as “on a wooden chair”. But using a noun immediately after the verb, e.g., “He sits a wooden chair” would make an incorrect sentence because the verb can’t take an object.

However, many verbs can be both transitive or intransitive, depending on what follows them in the sentence. In one sentence, a verb may require an object, while in others it does not require an object. A few examples of verb that can be transitive and intransitive: run, play, return.

“She runs across the street.”

In the sentence above, run acts as an intransitive verb because across the street is a prepositional phrase.

“Dad runs a stationery shop.”

Run is a transitive verb in this sentence because a stationery shop is a noun that acts as the object.

If we confuse transitive and intransitive verb, our sentence may be incomplete or incorrect. Therefore, it helps to know the difference between those two kinds of verb and how to use them in a sentence.


Compiled and written by @Fafafin for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, November 10, 2016

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#GrammarTrivia: Verb + Preposition (‘About’ and ‘Of’)

This time, I’d like to talk about grammar. In particular, we’ll talk about: Verb + Preposition (‘About’ and ‘Of’).

Some verbs can be followed by either ‘about’ or ‘of.’ Each pairing usually gives different meaning from the other.

  1. ‘Dream about’ vs. ‘dream of’
    • Dream about. Example:
      • “I dreamt about you last night.” (when I was asleep).
    • Dream of being something. Meaning: imagine. Example:
      • “I dream of being rich.”
  2. ‘Hear about’ vs. ‘Hear of’
    • Hear about. Meaning: be told about something. Example:
      • “Did you hear about the fight club last night?”
    • Hear of. Meaning: know that somebody/something exists. Example:
      • “I have never heard of Tom Madley. Who is he?”
  3. ‘Remind about’ vs. ‘Remind of’
    • Remind somebody about. Meaning: tell somebody not to forget. Example:
      • “I’m glad you remind me about the meeting.”
    • Remind somebody of. Meaning: cause somebody to remember. Example:
      • “This house reminds me of my childhood.”
  4. ‘Complain about’ vs. ‘Complain of’
    • Complain (to somebody) about. Meaning: say that you are not satisfied. Example:
      • “We complained to the manager about the service.
    • Complain of a pain, illness, etc. Meaning: say that you have a pain. Example:
      • “George was complaining of a pain in his stomach.”
  5. ‘Warn about’ vs. ‘Warn of’
    • Warn somebody of/about a danger. Example:
      • “Everybody has been warned of/about the dangers of smoking.”
    • Warn somebody about something dangerous, unusual, etc. Example:
      • “Vicky warned us about the traffic.”


  • English Grammar in Use (Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press).


Compiled by @aditriasmara at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, October 13, 2014

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#GrammarTrivia: Verb + Preposition (For or From)

In this post, I’d like to talk about grammar. In particular, I’ll talk about ‘Verb + Preposition (For or From)’. Here we go!

Verb + For

Pairing examples:

  • Apply for,
  • Ask for,
  • Care for,
  • Prepare for.

Study the following examples:

  • “I applied for the job but unfortunately I didn’t get it.”
  • “How do you ask for a cup of hot coffee here?”
  • “Jane spent many years caring for her aged parents.”
  • “I can’t go out tonight because I have to prepare for my exam.”

Verb + From

Pairing examples:

  • Protect from,
  • Recover from,
  • Suffer from.

Study the following examples:

  • “This lotion should protect you from mosquitoes.”
  • “Have you recovered from your illness yet?”
  • “I suffer from fever.”


  • English Grammar in Use (Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press)
  • British Council.


Compiled by @aditriasmara at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, October 6, 2014


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#GrammarTrivia: Verb + Preposition (‘With,’ ‘to,’ and ‘on’)

This time, I’d like to talk about grammar. In particular, I’ll be talking about ‘Verb + Preposition’ with ‘with,’ ‘to,’ and ‘on.’

Verb + ‘with’


  • Provide with,
  • collide with,
  • fill (something) with.

Study the following example sentences:

  • “The school provides all its students with books.”
  • “There was an accident this morning. A bus collided with a car.”
  • “Take this saucepan and fill it with water.”

Verb + ‘to’


  • Happen to,
  • prefer one thing/person to another.

Study the following example sentences:

  • “What happened to the gold watch you used to have?”
  • “I prefer tea to coffee.”

Verb + ‘on’


  • Concentrate on,
  • insist on.

Study the following example sentences:

  • “Don’t look out of the window. Concentrate on your work.”
  • “I wanted to go alone but they insisted on coming with me.”


  • English Grammar in Use (Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press).

Compiled by @aditriasmara at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, September 29, 2014

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#GRAMMARTRIVIA: Verb + Preposition (IN or INTO)

Howdy, fellas! How’s everything going? I hope it’s going really nice! :D

Anyway, I’d like to talk about grammar, which is ‘Verb + Preposition (IN or INTO)’. Here we go! #GrammarTrivia

1) Verb + IN >> Believe IN, specialize IN, succeed IN. Study the following examples. #GrammarTrivia

Believe IN: “Do you BELIEVE IN God?” (=do you believe that God exists?) #GrammarTrivia

Believe IN: “I BELIEVE IN saying what I think. (= I believe it is right to say what I think) #GrammarTrivia

Specialize IN: “Helen is a lawyer. She SPECIALIZES IN company law.” #GrammarTrivia

Succeed IN: “I hope you SUCCEED IN finding the job you want.” #GrammarTrivia

2) Verb + INTO >> Break INTO, crash/drive/bump/run INTO, divide/cut/split INTO. Study the following examples. #GrammarTrivia

Break INTO: “Our house was BROKEN INTO a few days ago but nothing was stolen.” #GrammarTrivia

Crash/drive/bump/run INTO: “He lost control of the car and CRASHED INTO a wall.” #GrammarTrivia

Divide/cut/split something INTO: “The book is DIVIDED INTO three parts.” #GrammarTrivia

Divide/cut/split something INTO: “CUT the meat INTO small pieces before frying it.” #GrammarTrivia

Therefore, that’s how we use ‘Verb + Preposition (IN or INTO)’. I hope this discussion helps you. #GrammarTrivia

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Source: English Grammar in Use (Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press).

Compiled by @aditriasmara at @EnglishTips4U on September 8, 2014.

#EngQuiz: Guess the movies’ nouns, adjectives and verbs!

Are you an avid movie watcher? The game in this article is related to movies!

I will mention a movie title and then you have to guess three things. They are three words consisting of 1 (one) noun, 1 adjective and 1 verb based on what you viewed on the movie. And don’t forget each end of the word mention the type of the word: noun is (n), adjective is (adj) and verb is (v).

For example:

  • Q: “Harry Potter”
  • A: “Boy (n), brave (adj), hide (v)”

Do not:

  • mention the characters’ names, actors/actresses names or special names/items in the movie,
  • only English words are accepted,
  • and NO rude words please.


  1. 101 Dalmatians
  2. Wreck-it-Ralph
  3. Les Miserables
  4. Inception
  5. Finding Nemo
  6. Rio
  7. 17 Again
  8. Amelie
  9. Toy Story
  10. Wall-E


  1. ..
    • “Dogs(n) Smart(adj) Run(v).”- @tiffany_Wjy
    • “lady (n) cruel (adj) kidnap (v).” – @IbnuFJ
  2. ..
  3. ..
    • “Prisoner (n), loyal (adj), struggle (v).” – @sonyafel
    • “fabric (n), beautiful (Adj), sing (v).” – @erna27
    • “convict (n), melancholy (adj), revolt (v).” – @yantiyanto
  4. ..
    • “Dream (n), dream (adj), dream (v).” – @ituteguh
    • “dream (n), complicated (adj), compete (v).” – @AnofZuldian 
  5. ..
    • “Ocean (n), Brave (adj), Swim (v).” – @tintin_gustin
    • “clown fish (n), little (adj) , disappear (v).” – @deasydonald 
  6. ..
  7. ..
    • “glasses (n), handsome (adj), wish (v)” – @atherizt
    • “Basketball (n), young (adj), shoot (v)” – @YanuarYusuf7 
  8. ..
    • “prodigy (n) mysterious (adj) move(v)” – @nurinaay
    • “photo booth (n), artistic (adj), meet up (v)” – @miamiamiya
  9. ..
    • “Attic (n), incredible (adj), donate (v)” – @OwLuck
    • “Cowboy (n) faithful (adj) run (v)” – @salscy 
  10. ..
    • “robot (n), sincere (adj), search (v)” – @__kharisma
    • “robot (n) lonely (adj) build (v)” – @wayanoo
    • “Trash (n), dirty (adj), repair (v) @JempolJail

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at ” –@EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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#EngClass: Linking verb

Linking verb adalah kata kerja penghubung yang menghubungkan subjek dengan pelengkap yang menerangkannya. Linking verb juga dikenal dengan istilah ‘copulas’ atau ‘copular verb.’ Linking verb menyatakan suatu keadaan, bukan suatu aksi. Oleh karena itu, linking verb biasanya diikuti oleh adjective, bukan adverb.

Linking verb terbagi dalam 2 kelompok, yaitu:

  1. Verbs that are always linking verbs.
  2. Verbs that can be both action and linking verbs.

Berikut ini adalah linking verb yang selalu berfungsi sebagai linking verb:

  1. segala bentuk be (am, is, are, was, etc.)
  2. become
  3. seem

Sementara itu, linking verb yang dapat berfungsi sebagai action verb dan linking verb:

  • appear,
  • feel,
  • grow,
  • look,
  • prove,
  • remain,
  • smell,
  • sound,
  • taste,
  • turn.


subject + linking verb + information about the subject.


  1. “I am happy.”
  2. “She looks nice.”
  3. “The soup smells good.”

Lalu, bagaimana kita bisa mengetahui kapan suatu verb pada kalimat tertentu berfungsi sebagai linking verb atau action verb? Jika kita bisa mengganti verb tersebut dengan “is, am, are” dan artinya masih terdengar masuk akal, maka ia adalah linking verb. Jika setelah diganti, arti dari kalimat tersebut tidak terdengar masuk akal, maka ia berfungsi sebagai action verb. Contoh:

  1. “My dog Oreo felt the wet grass beneath her paws.”
    • Is Oreo the wet grass? No. “Felt” di sini berfungsi sebagai action verb.
  2. “The chicken mushroom pizza smells heavenly.”
    • The pizza is heavenly? Yes, definitely! “Smell” berfungsi sebagai linking verb.

Compiled by @ChatrineYK at @EnglishTips4Uon Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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