Practice English Speaking&Listening with: 30 English Phrasal Verb Commands

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-"Let me see your identification."

-"You don't need to see his identification."

-"We don't need to see his identification."

-"These aren't the droids you're looking for."

-"These aren't the droids we're looking for."

-"He can go about his business."

-"You can go about your business."

-"Move along."

-"Move along."


Hey, everyone.

I'm Alex.

Thanks for clicking and welcome to this lesson on "30 Phrasal Verb Commands".

So, simple enough.


You're going to hear 30 commands that use phrasal verbs, and I will tell you the context

in which you can use each one, and we'll do some very quick pronunciation and repeat-after-me

practice as well.

Now, after this lesson, if you can't get enough of phrasal verb commands, you can check out

the resource that Rebecca made where she lists 100 phrasal verb commands.

And she also has another video that is linked to this video where you can get, you know,

a lesson on 10 more commands, similar to these ones right behind me.

So, let's not waste any more time and we're going to go, one, two, three, four, five,

six, all the way to 30 and we'll do it relatively quickly with an example and an explanation

of the context for each.

So, the first one, repeat after me: "Back off."

This is what you say when you want someone to, you know, get out of your personal space.

So, usually if you are annoyed at the individual, you could say: "Back off.

You are too close to me."


Next: "Back up."

Now, "back up" is similar to "back off", but it can be used in a more formal situation

by someone, like, you know, a police officer or a security guard.

So, for example, if there is, you know, a line where another line is formed and you

cannot cross this line, and you do cross that line, you know, a police officer or a security

guard or someone might ask you to: "Back up.

Back up."

This means: Go back a little bit, take a few steps back.

They probably won't say: "Back off".

"Back off" is much stronger, so you can use: "Back up" in a more formal situation where

you want the person to move out of the way and to move back a little bit.


So: "Back up.

Just move back, everybody."


Next: "Carry on."

So, repeat after me: "Carry on."

This simply means continue, do what you were doing before.

So: "Carry on.

Carry on."

Next, repeat after me: "Chill out."

This just means: "Be calm, relax.


I see you're upset.

Chill out."


So: "chill" comes from, like, you know, to cool, to be calmer.

Don't get so hot.

Be calm, be cool, chill out.

Next, repeat: "Come back."

This simply means return.


So: "Hey.

Come back.

Come back.


Next: "Come on."

So, this can mean to come, follow me.

"Come on.

Let's go."

Or, if you don't, you know, believe a person's story or you want to show surprise, you can

say: "Come on.


Come on."

Okay, next: "Come in."

So, if you have invited someone to your house, you open the door and you want to, you know,

invite them to enter your house, you can say: "Come in."

All right?

So repeat it: "Come in."

Next: "Come over."

So, if you are inviting a person to your house, you're talking to them on the phone and you

want them to come to where you are, usually it's your house, but it could be another place

like your work or a cafsomewhere, but usually it's, you know, their house, you can

say: "Hey.

Come over.

I'm free now."

Or: "Come over in ten minutes."


So this means: Come to where I am.

Usually it's the person's house.

"Yeah, you can come over.

Come over."

Give a command.

Next: "Dream on.

Dream on.


You know, the Aerosmith song from the 70s or...

I think it was the 70s.

And, "to dream on" basically means you don't believe what this person is saying or they

have this big, big impossible dream in their head or something, like: -"Oh, I'm going to

play this lottery ticket and I'm going to win the lottery this weekend.

That's my plan for the weekend."

-"Dream on."


So, this means: "Keep dreaming, continue to dream.

I don't believe you."

All right?

Next: "Drink up."

So, repeat: "Drink up."

You can say this if you are around a table with some friends, everyone has a glass in

their hand of their beverage of choice, alcoholic, non-alcoholic, it's up to you.

And if you want everybody to drink, yes, you can say: "Cheers."

You can also say: "Drink up".

"Drink up" simply means drink.


So, drink.

"Drink up."

"Gather around."

Now, when I think of this I think of, you know, a person wanting people to get around

them because they have some important news or they want to tell a story.

So, if it's an old man with a beard and there's lots of children around: "Gather around, children.

Gather around."


So, gather, collect yourselves around me.

You want people to come to you.

Say: "Gather around.

Gather around.

Come here."


Next, repeat: "Get back."

Similar to: "Back up".

"Get back" also means to take a step back.

That's basically it.

You can use it in a standard situation, a formal situation, you know, if someone is

near a fire, like: "Look, there's a fire.

Get back.

Get back.

Get back."


Next, repeat: "Get in."

The most common context that I think of automatically when I think of: "Get in" is someone is inside

a car, and they're telling you: "Hey.

Get in.

I can give you a dri-..."

A drive? "...a ride.

I can give you a ride somewhere."

So you can ask someone to get in, like inside your car.

It doesn't have to just be a car, but this is the most common context where you want

someone to enter your vehicle or to enter your place.

So: "Get in."

Similar to: "Come in", but "Come in" is, you know, usually related to the house.

Next: "Get off."


So, if someone is, I don't know, laying on top of you, maybe, you could just say: "Get


Get off."

Or if someone is giving you a hug and you're not comfortable with hugs, like: "Get off


You can say: "Get off."


Also if you are online somewhere and, you know, you're on a website and, you know, somebody

comes behind you and they want you to eat dinner, like it's your mom or your dad, they

might say: "Okay, get off the computer."

So: "Okay, get off."

Or: "Log off.

Get off the computer."

Stop doing what you're doing.

Next: "Get up".

"Get up", similar to: "Stand up."

This just means elevate yourself from a sitting position or from a lying down position.

And it could be, you know, your roommate, or maybe your mom or your dad, or your sister,

or someone who wakes you up and says: "Okay, get up.

Get up.

It's morning.

It's time to go.

Get up."


All right, next: "Go away."

I think you're very familiar with this one.

It's in movies, it's in TV shows, it's everywhere, it means leave me alone.

So, repeat it after me: "Go away."

All right.

Next: "Go back."

Okay, so: "To go back", similar to "Get back", basically means to return where you came from

or make some room.


Give me more room.


"Go back.

Go back.

Go back."

Or if you're recording someone and, you know, you want them to go back: "Okay, go back.

Go back.

Okay, perfect.



All right?

Next, please repeat: "Grow up".

"Grow up", if you give this command to someone, it means that they are acting very immature

and you want them to act their age, to act more mature, say: "Grow up."

Or if someone has a belief or something that you think is childish, like they have the

beliefs of a child, it's like: "Come on.

You really believe that?

Grow up."


Next: "Hang on."

Repeat it: "Hang on".

"Hang on" means: "Whoa, whoa, whoa.


Stop what...

Stop what you're saying."

Or it can mean to wait.

So you can say: "Hang on, hang on, hang on."

Or if you're talking on the phone to someone and you want them to hold, to wait, say: "Hang



"Please hold" or "Please hang on."

Or just wait: "Wait.

Hang on."


Next: "Hang up."

So this is used in the context of phone conversations.

So, if you're talking to your boyfriend or girlfriend: -"You hang up."

-"No, you hang up."

-"No, you hang up."

You know, that kind of stuff?

You can just say: "Okay, hang up.

Hang up."

If you watch cop shows, TV shows where, you know, the police are tracing a telephone number,

and if they talk to the person for 30 seconds they will magically know where they are, you

know, they might say: "Okay..."

The criminal might say: "Hang up.

Hang up.

Hang up."

Or the officer might say: "Hang up.

Hang up" if they don't want the criminal to know where they are.

Next up: "Lie down."

So, if you have a friend and maybe they were out in the sun all day and they feel weak

or they look sick, and you want them to rest, lie down on the couch, you can say: "Hey,

just lie down.

All right?

Lie down here.

Rest here."

Next: "Listen up."

I love this one.

Now, this is what you hear also in television crime dramas, or in any kind of, like, epic

movie where there's a, you know...

An important scene where one character, usually the leader needs everyone to hear what they

have to say.

They'll usually enter the office, usually with their hands on their hips like this,

say: "All right, everybody, listen up.

Listen to me."


So: "Listen up" just means: "Listen to me.


Pay attention" with your ears, the holes in your ears.


Next: "Move along."

Now, "Move along", like you saw me doing at the beginning of this video means continue,

continue in the direction you were going.

So, this is for physical movement.

If you didn't know, the scene I was re-enacting with Steve and that new bunny character thing

was from Star Wars, so, you know, Obi-Wan says: "Move along."

And then the stormtrooper says: "Move along.

Move along."


Just mind control, so just like weird Jedi powers and stuff.

Next: "Move over."

Very strong.

It can be very strong.

If you want someone to make room for you, usually to sit down, you can tell them to:

"Move over" to make room for you.

"Move over.


I need to sit here, too."


You can use this on the bus, I guess.

If you want to be polite, you could say: "Oh, could you move over, please?"

Or if you're trying to walk and someone is blocking your way, say: "Oh, excuse me?

Could you move over a bit?

Could you move over, please?"


Next: "Shut up."

Now, this one I think you guys know.

Also it's in every TV show, movie.

It's rude.

It's telling a person to be quiet.

If you want to say something, you know, just as strong, you could say: "Shut your mouth",

which is very strong.

Or just: "Shut up" means: "Stop talking.

I don't want to hear what you have to say."

All right?


I always erase stuff with my elbow.

So: "Sit down."

Just another way to say: "Sit."

So, I just realized you guys didn't listen and repeat these words with me, so before

we get to: "Sit down", repeat: "Lie down", "Listen up", "Move along"-extra points if

you did the Alec Guinness accent-"Move over", "Shut up".

I don't like saying that, right?

"Sit down."

So: "Sit down" is just: "Please sit."


Next, very useful if you, you know, have a friend who has a low voice and they speak

very quietly, and it's very difficult to hear them, you want them to speak louder, you can

say: "Speak up.

Speak up.

I can't hear you."

So, turn the volume up on your voice.


So: "to speak up" means to speak louder.

I can't hear you.


So: "Speak up."

"Stand up."

So, we have: "Sit down", opposite of: "Sit down" is...?

Yeah: "Stand up."

That's all.

Just another way to say: "Stand."

"Wake up", hey.

"Wake up", this goes with: "Get up".


If you don't know the difference with: "Wake up" and "Get up" - "Wake up" is when you open

your eyes in the morning, "Get up" is when you leave your bed.


When you actually stand and start your day.

So, you know, you can tell your friend: "Wake up.

Wake up.

Wake up."


And finally: "Quiet down."

This is kind of the opposite of: "Speak up."

If you want people to speak quieter or if you want a whole group who are speaking very

loudly to be quieter, you could say: "Okay, quiet down, everybody.

Quiet down."


All right.

So, we've got 30 of these.

And I know we've done some, like, random repeat-after-me pronunciation, but before we leave, reviewing,

recalling, redoing the same thing helps it to stick.

So, let's do it one more time, faster.


So, repeat after me, just focus on getting it fluent and perfect.

"Back off", "Back up", "Carry on", "Chill out", "Come back", "Come on", "Come in", "Come

over", "Dream on".

Did you do it?

It's weird, right?

But so good.

"Drink up", "Gather around, children", "Get back", "Get in", "Get off", "Get up", "Go

away", "Go back", "Grow up", "Hang on", "Hang up".




"Lie down", "Listen up", "Move along", "Move over", "Shut up", "Sit down", "Speak up",

"Stand up", "Wake up", "Quiet down".

Okay, so if you want to test your understanding of these 30 phrasal verb commands, as always,

you can check out the quiz on

If you want to, you know, watch a video, watch a lesson with ten more of these commands,

you can check out the link also attached to this video where Rebecca teaches you ten of


If you...

You know, you can't get enough of phrasal verb commands, you can also check out the

resource where we list 100 phrasal verb commands, and that was also done by Rebecca for you



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