Let’s go through 13 common phrasal verbs we use for relationships.
Here are some phrasal verbs that we can use when talking about relationships we have with other people. Some of them are positive, some are negative.
- Ask out >> Invite someone to lunch, dinner, the cinema …
E.g. John has asked Mary out several times.
- Go out (with) >> to have a romantic and usually sexual relationship with someone. Have someone as a boyfriend/girlfriend.
E.g. Is Julie going (out) with Tom?
E.g. How long have you been going out with him?
- Break up >> end a relationship.
E.g. After her marriage broke up, Caroline went to live in New York.
- Split up >> End a relationship
E.g. Carla has split up with her boyfriend.
- Fall for >> Be attracted to somebody or begin to be in love.
E.g. While on vacation Becky fell for a handsome young man.
- Fall out >> Stop being friends because of a disagreement or argument.
E.g. Nab is not speaking to Julie. They fell out during their holiday.
- Get along or get on >> Be on good terms; work well with.
E.g. I must say I get along (well) with my mother-in-law.
- Make up (with) >> to forgive someone and be friendly with them again after an argument or disagreement
E.g. “let’s kiss and make up”
E.g. They kissed and made up, as usual.
- Put up (with) >> Tolerate or accept unpleasant situation.
E.g. I don’t know how you can put up with his bad temper.
- Settle down >> Get married and lead a quieter life.
E.g. His mother wished Tom would settle down and get married.
- Put down >> a negative statement about someone; insult:
E.g. He’s always trying to put me down.
- Wear down >> Make someone feel weary or tired.
E.g. Their constant arguments are wearing her down.
Watch the video to practice your listening. Repeat the phrasal verbs to practice your pronunciation.